OverviewThis is an 11.5 mile long loop hike that combines the following four trails:
Givens, Spicer, Lowry Trail
A 3.1 mile long trail that goes from the park road to the junction with Lighthouse Trail (1.3 miles from The Lighthouse). The trail follows the base of the colorful walls of the canyon providing you with spectacular views.
Little Fox Canyon Trail
This trail branches off of GSL Trail half a mile from its junction with Lighthouse Trail. It goes into a side valley known as Little Fox Canyon where it dead ends (actually makes a small loop at the end). Roundtrip is 2.6 miles.
Lighthouse Trail is the most popular Trail in the park. It is 3.1 miles long and takes you from the park road to the big hoodoo known as The Lighthouse.
For more info, see this Summitpost page: Lighthouse Loop.
Paseo del Rio Trail
1.1 miles long trail sandwiched between the park road and the river going from near Lighthouse Trailhead to near GSL Trailhead.
Getting ThereTrailheads for GSL, Lighthouse and Paseo del Rio are well marked on the park road. See map below.
Givens, Spicer, Lowry TrailFrom the trailhead on park road, follow trail at the base of the steep colorful slopes on the periphery of a plain known as Sunday Flats to reach Lighthouse Trail.
Little Fox Canyon TrailThe junction of GSL and Little Fox Canyon is near a formation called Devil's Tombstone.
Head northwest following the trail into the wide open Little Fox Canyon.
You will soon see a sign identifying a little hill as Petite Teton.
A short spur trail will take to a bench and memorial plaque on top of the hill. Views from top.
Return to the main trail where you will soon reach a split. Go either way to make a small loop and return the other way (see map). You can then retrace your path to GSL Trail.
Lighthouse TrailThe junction of GSL and Lighthouse Trail sits at a spot 1.3 miles from the Lighthouse and 1.8 miles from the park road. Turn right (southwest) and follow the trail toward the Lighthouse which will soon come to view.
One mile after the junction you will reach a sign announcing the end of the trail. At this point you do not have a view of the lighthouse. Go up a well beaten steep gully on the left side of the trail.
The lighthouse will appear again.
Looking back at the canyon.
Go up the slope to reach the base of the lighthouse.
You will then follow the Lighthouse Trail back beyond the junction with GSL Trail to reach the park road. You will get to see Capitol Peak.
Paseo del Rio TrailAt Lighthouse Trailhead, you must go to the park road, turn north and hike the bridge over the river.
Capitol Peak from the bridge.
Paseo del Rio Trailhead will be seen just to the north of the bridge. The trail takes you through a beautiful riparian environment.
A sign identifies this pile of rock as SHAL-A-KO Rainmaker.
At the end of the trail, you should get on the park road and follow a second bridge over the river to reach GSL Trailhead.
Wild turkeys at the trailhead.