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    Matthew Springer completed Lazy Cow Trail

    24 days ago

    Matthew Springer added Lazy Cow Hike

    24 days ago

    Matthew Springer completed Waterfall Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matthew Springer completed Osha Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matthew Springer completed McKittrick Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matthew Springer completed Willie White Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matthew Springer completed Lower Sunset Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Matthew Springer saved La Luz Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Matthew Springer added Waterfall trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer added Osha Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer added Trail-113

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer completed Dog Canyon Trail 106

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer added Jackaloop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer completed B-36 Crash Hike

    about 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer added FMSP - B-36 Crash Hike

    about 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer added Reservoir and Springs

    about 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer added Waterfall trail

    about 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer added Cottonwood trail

    about 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer added Steel mill trail

    about 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer added Bridgeway trail

    about 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer followed Doug Neidholdt

    about 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer reviewed DSNA - Organ Needles Trail.

    about 4 years ago

    This was my second attempt to reach the top, this time with my friend Santiago. We had quite an adventure and together made it about a mile past Fillmore Canyon, when the trail starts getting steep, unforgiving and difficult to follow. I continued to the peak, and it was much further up than I anticipated. Use caution and take your time once you reach the crest of the needles as the trail wraps around the mountain in a few places, it's very easy to tread in the wrong direction on the way down. There are several areas where you can camp up the trail, including the peak area. The ammo can is still there just to the right tucked in a rock crevice. The most rewarding and difficult hike I've done so far.

    Matthew Springer reviewed Smith Spring

    about 4 years ago

    The spring lies at the halfway point in the loop. It's hard not to see the large patch of green nestled in the mountains while hiking towards it. The spring area really does feel like an oasis in the desert and worth the hike. The Frijole ranch at the trailhead is accessible with a museum in the main house and picnic tables in the yard. A great place for a family outing.

    Matthew Springer reviewed Manzanita Spring Trail

    about 4 years ago

    This trail is part of the loop on the east side just past the ranch. Early settlers used the spring as a lifeline for survival and also recreation. Entering the pond is prohibited of course, since it's basically a historic site.

    Matthew Springer reviewed The Pinery

    about 4 years ago

    The most interesting part of this small trail lies with it's history. There's not much left of the ruins but it's impressive and significant when considering that this particular area was a gateway for sending mail westward in earlier times.

    Matthew Springer reviewed Devil's Hall

    about 4 years ago

    I hiked this trail last weekend on my first trip to the Guadalupe Mountains. One of the few areas I've encountered that's still beautiful even after being washed out. The first mile offers beautiful scenery all around and easy hiking while the second allows for some bouldering through the washed out canyon. Santiago isn't lying about the mountain lion warning. There are few access roads in the park and a lot of wilderness to the north...RIP mountain goat

    Matthew Springer reviewed DSNA - Fillmore Canyon Trail.

    about 4 years ago

    Easily accessed from the northeast side of the loop trail right by the visitors center. I went in early June and with the lack of rainfall this season the canyon was almost completely dry. Still a decent hike although the best time to visit the dripping springs area would be after some heavy rains. At the end of the canyon the trail continues to Organ Needle Peak.

    Matthew Springer reviewed DSNA - Organ Needles Trail.

    about 4 years ago

    I didn't realize I was on this trail until after I climbed an extra mile or so past Fillmore Canyon. The trail continues up the back side of Fillmore and goes straight towards the peaks. The hike is brutal but rewarding. I pushed too hard and wasn't really prepared so I had to turn back just before the final climbs to the peak (I would take the advice in the other reviews). It is wise to conserve energy for the decent. If you take even a small turn off trail coming down you can end up in serious trouble...I have a few scars...lol. Hoping to hike it again to the top with a buddy next time in the near future.

    Matthew Springer completed Organ Needles Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Matthew Springer reviewed DSNA - La Cueva Loop Trail.

    about 4 years ago

    This is a nice loop trail close to the visitors center at Dripping Springs. It doesn't appear to be much at the start but there is scenery and a cave with some history linked to it. The rock formations are accessible if you're wanting to jump off trail and do a little climbing. Fillmore Canyon entrance is on the northeast side of the loop. I hiked this in early summer and although it is slightly cooler around the Organ Needles, there is little shade so plan accordingly.