Smith Spring Trail
ElevationAscent: 394' 120 m
Descent: -392' -119 m
High: 5,921' 1,805 m
Low: 5,533' 1,687 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“An scenic day trail that begins at the Frijole Ranch and takes you to a lush, shady spring-fed pool.”— Dawson Plowman
This trail takes you through the typical Texas Chihuahuan Desert environment, and visitors will be able to see cactus, yucca, agave, some junipers and small oaks and scrub along the way. Your outing will generally be easy, with mostly flat to small hills being the only obstacles that you'll need to navigate around. Take a moment to practice your navigation skills at the top of any of the small hills along the way!
There's a seasonal wash below the mountains that provides an interesting visual break, as there are more trees here than in the surrounding desert. At the high point of the trail, you come upon Smith Spring, which the trail is named after. It's a lush, flowing spring that creates a large pool in the desert environment. The riparian system creates lots of shade and opportunities to witness wildlife such as birds and other mammals.
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Land Manager: NPS - Guadalupe Mountains National Park