Crystal Spring Trail

Essex, California 92332

Crystal Spring Trail

Crystal Spring Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Here you can explore the rugged geology and diverse plants on high Mojave Desert mountain slopes. Vehicle: Passenger car."

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Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill & Polly Cunningham
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"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
520 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
1 to 3 hours
Best Times: October to May
4,395 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,290 feet
Top Elevation
Providence Mountains State Recreation Area
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