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Smith Spring

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Not much of a view along most of the trail, but the payoff is worth it.

The trail is mostly desert and there is a small gulch along the way. I’ve only ever hiked it in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike L
via mobile
OK, nothing special. Don't go out of your way to do this walk.

If you have a little extra time this hike is worth doing, but it really is nothing special. The... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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Getting to this scenic area is a popular day hike.
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  • Very good46%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“the loop” (6 reviews)
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trail is mostly desert and there is a small gulch along the way. I’ve only ever hiked it in the fall and there isn’t much in regards to fall colors. I hiked this after Guadalupe Peak once and was about to give up until...More

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 23 September 2017

If you have a little extra time this hike is worth doing, but it really is nothing special. The walk is nice and easy and the spring is interesting, but that's about it.

Thank parksvisitor
Reviewed 12 September 2017

My husband and I had a short visit to this National Park in mid-April in high heat. We hiked the Smith Spring trail, paved for the first 1000 feet or so and then gravel the rest of the way. It is pretty unshaded so it...More

Thank Molly K
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Fairly easy hike to a pretty mountain stream in the "woods". Passed the large Manzanita spring first but couldn't get to it. Not much swimming/wading at Smith Spring.

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 8 May 2017

A nice beginner's hike on an easy to follow trail. I hiked it counter-clockwise and was momentarily confused when I got to the springs and a sign pointed back to Frijole Ranch in the direction I just came from. I continued on and only noticed...More

Thank jane s
Reviewed 8 May 2017

The walk was serene and a nice introduction to New Mexico flora. The gullies were dry and that was a disappointment but we saw the spring. The frijoles ranch was closed but we saw the spring. The path was level and accessible for nearly anyone.

1  Thank tshadday
Reviewed 25 April 2017

The hike up to Smith Spring is a little tough when it is warm out. It is only about a mile up there, but it can be very hot out on the desert. It follows along a rugged canyon that is probably formed from the...More

1  Thank FrogSqueezer
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

The counterclockwise hike can be hot with no shelter from the sun, then cooled by winds, then incredibly refreshing at the springs. And the vegetation changes with the proximity to water and amount of exposure to sun. I found it moderately challenging, especially the first...More

1  Thank Anne B
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Excellent hike for beginners looking to do get off the sidewalk and hit a trail. Heading to the right from the ranch get's you through the more challenging part and you are rewards with a rest at the spring. It's a really neat space back...More

1  Thank J N
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

There are two paths or a loop if you rather leading to this spring. We began at the Frijole ranch and followed the paved trail to Manzanita Spring, then continued up to Smith spring. It was a much shorter going down. If you want it...More

3  Thank Danette J
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