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Smith Spring Trail

Intermediate
 3.7 (7)

An scenic day trail that begins at the Frijole Ranch and takes you to a lush, shady spring-fed pool.


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2.4

Miles

3.8

KM

Loop

5,921' 1,805 m

High

5,533' 1,687 m

Low

394' 120 m

Up

392' 119 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Features Birding · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is an easy trail that kids would enjoy and it makes for a great day's-outing.

Description

The beginning of this loop trail starts at the Frijole Ranch, which is a good place to get a history lesson about the area as it doubles as a museum and historical ranch.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Lizards of all kinds can be seen in the lower areas, and it's possible to have bird sightings by the spring, or deer, elk and javelina. Oaks, junipers and plenty of the typical desert flora, yucca, agave and cacti.

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Dawson Plowman

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  3.7 from 7 votes

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Beginning of Smith Springs Trail.
Apr 7, 2016 near Pine Sp…, TX
Guadalupe Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA
Apr 1, 2020 near Pine Sp…, TX
Frijole Ridge mountains
Sep 30, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX
Beginning of Smith Spring Trail.
Apr 7, 2016 near Pine Sp…, TX
View of the limestone cliffs and mountains from the Smith Spring Trail.
Mar 9, 2016 near Pine Sp…, TX
Hiking back toward the trailhead after visiting Smith Spring.
May 1, 2017 near Pine Sp…, TX

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Jun 10, 2019
Julie Ludwig
Stunning massive views on a cloudy day. It rained for twenty seconds. Green desert.
Mar 17, 2019
Taylor Banks
Feb 21, 2019
Sarah Hearn
Oct 13, 2018
Amy Lawrence
Jun 22, 2018
Crystal Burchfield
Apr 27, 2018
Jeff Boyle
Nice walk to a beautiful spring. Saw a Javelina near the trail!
Jan 2, 2018
Amber Tanaka
Visited the Frijole Ranch buildings
Jan 1, 2018
Brad Szywala
2.4mi