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Here you can explore the rugged geology and diverse plants on high Mojave Desert mountain slopes. Vehicle: Passenger car.
Crystal Spring Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Here you can explore the rugged geology and diverse plants on high Mojave Desert mountain slopes. Vehicle: Passenger car."
--Brian Beffort, Afoot & Afield: Las Vegas & Southern Nevada (Wilderness Press).
More Crystal Spring Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The short but steep Crystal Spring trail provides a wonderful introduction to the power and spellbinding beauty of a high desert canyon on the steep and rocky in places, be careful of catclaw and other spiny vegetation that can snag you along the way. As you climb you’ll see the gently graded Mary Beal Nature Trail below and across the canyon. This 4,960-foot-high viewpoint, next to a jagged column of red rhyolite, is a great place to pause and soak up the view. On a clear day the Hualapai Mountains in Arizona are visible, 105 miles east. More than 300 square miles of the Clipper Valley can be seen, along with the low ridgeline of the ancient Colton Hills basalt, which at 1.8 billion years, are as old as the deepest layer of rock exposed in the Grand Canyon. Take time to feel the power of this secluded canyon but remember that the spring is used by bighorn sheep and other wildlife, so disturbance must be kept to a minimum."
--Bill & Polly Cunningham, Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides).
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