Smith Spring Trail

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Elevation Gain971ft
Trailhead Elevation5,536ft
Elevation Min/Max5527/5927ft
Elevation Start/End5536/5536ft

Smith Spring Trail

Smith Spring Trail is a hiking trail in Culberson County, Texas. It is within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 5,536 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 971 feet. Near the trailhead there is a spring. The Manzanita Spring water can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Frijole Trail.

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Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"For somebody who wants a short, easy hike that really captures the essence and diversity of the desert environment, the Smith Spring loop is ideal. It's only 2.3 miles with slight elevation gain, and it goes to lush and beautiful Smith Spring, which probably comes closer to fitting the stereotypical image of a desert oasis than any other place in the Guadalupe Mountains. The first 0.2 mile of the trail to Manzanita Spring is hardened and wheelchair accessible. You can hike the loop either way, of course, but the counterclockwise option is described here. This route allows you to start out on the easiest section of the trail and visit Manzanita Spring only 0.2 mile after leaving the trailhead. To take the counterclockwise route, do not take the trail just on the left of the sign at the trailhead. Instead take the trail at the north edge of the ranch and museum."
Best Easy Day Hikes Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Stewart M. Green
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"A moderate hike past an historic ranch, Manzanita Spring, and lush Smith Spring on the southeast flank of the Guadalupe Mountains. The Smith Spring Trail explores the history, vegetation, wildlife, and geology of the Guadalupe Mountains. The trail offers mountain views, the sound of trickling water, plentiful shade, and birdsong."

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Trail Information

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Nearby City
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Skill Level
Guadalupe Mountains National Park (see appendix).
Local Contacts
Guadalupe Peak USGS Quad; National Geographic/ Trails Illustrated Guadalupe Mountains National Park Trail Map 203; park map.
Local Maps

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