Explore the most popular birding trails in Spring Mountains National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
9 days ago

Great, easy hike that can be leisurely done in about 2 hours.

walking
9 days ago

Honestly, I went late AF! Got there at like 5-5:15
BUTTTTTT, i feel it was even MORE AMAZING!!!
If there’s anything I could suggest is catch yourself here at sunset, that way you can catch the stars and the silhouettes of the mountainsand trees!

Bring a flashlight!!! But yeah it’s super fucking DOOOOPE! DOOOO IT BROSEPHERS!✊

Good trail

Amazingly beautiful hike. two trails to choose from. red for easy, black dash trail for a slightly more technical route. lots of ticks this time of year, so be aware of your surroundings. great for dogs, and kids.

Beautiful, scenic trail. Took me about 2 hours to hike there and back including resting and picture taking.

hiking
21 days ago

Enjoyed this hike with my fiancé. We had a bit of a time getting up and I slipped and fell. Have proper footwear cuz the rocks are loose and there is no railing. Wouldn’t suggest this for children past halfway point.

Great workout & really cool to do via moonlight if you get the opportunity! ✌

on Cathedral Rock Trail

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is pretty hard if you don’t have the correct footwear, but overall the view was worth it and so was the absolute silence. Go early in the morning and there’s just no sound. Wildlife is also beautiful, I saw three does on the way up.

hiking
1 month ago

Besides other people on the trail blasting music & the elevation giving me a bit of a headache— this hike was perfect! Easy to follow, family friendly (if you aren’t scared of heights), & a great view at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most amazing views I’ve ever encountered, especially as the fall colors are at their peak. Well worth the effort - not for the faint of heart!

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike but the steady incline gets your lungs pumping for sure! Take your time, there’s a lot of benches a long the way if you need to stop.

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout. A lot of elevation gain in a fairly short distance (about 2 miles.) I usually get to the junction with the North Loop in 55 mins and can run back down in 20. Perfect for days where you don’t have a lot of time, but want a great workout surrounded by the beauty of the wilderness.

Amazing views! Take your time hiking, I didn’t. Ended up getting mountain sickness when I got home because of the elevation. But I will definitely go back to the trail again, now that I know better than to rush on my way to the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Steady uphill climb. 67 degrees with a nice breeze around 10am. Worth it when you get to the top and see the view. All the Aspens are a beautiful yellow now.

This steady incline to the peak has very well maintained trails trickled with numerous lookouts with natural wood benches, making this hike doable for most fitness levels. In the fall, a majority of the trail is sandwiched between rows of vibrant yellow trees that when the sun shines threw (and it’s almost always sunny) looks like gold coins flickering in the wind. It’s not necessarily a long hike up (made it to the top in 45 minutes, 83 minutes total - steady pace) but the elevation climb will get your heart pumping and your lungs a workin. But that’s ok. Sit at one of those benches, and catch your breath. You won’t regret it.


P.S. Early bird gets the worm. 8-9 am if you like more undisturbed hikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views at the top as well as along the way. Well worth it. Take your time and enjoy the hike. Stay to the right at the unmarked fork.
Look for the Endangered Palmer Chipmunks at the top. They only exist in the Spring Mountains. Resist feeding them. They will become dependent on humans for food and will be doomed in winter.

Worth it, take your your time though

a bit challenging due to the elevation but the view was worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

This is great trail with beautiful views. The leaves were just starting to change and there was so much to see and take pictures of along the way. Next time I plan to keep going all the up to Griffith peak!

The views are spectacular right from the get go. Make sure to look behind you as you’re going. The valley changes with each turn and gets more stunning along the way. It was very heavily trafficked, though, and not well marked near the end. My friend and I got a little off course at an unmarked fork. It’s a slight thigh buster, too. No need for the stair master if you’re doing this one.

hiking
2 months ago

Don’t take a SO on this hike unless a) they are already into hiking, or b) you want them to dump you.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail. I'm a bit on the older side and out of shape. ut was able to complete this trail. if your in moderately good shape you should have no problems.

Very tough trail. This is not for beginners.

I do this trail probably 2-4 times a week. It’s a great short workout. Highly recommended for anyone. I’m sure you’ll see me on this trail!!

Pretty tough in spite of the moderate rating since the first half is basically all uphill switchbacks, but short enough. Heavily trafficked. Incredible views along the way and from the top!

This trail is a must-do for locals. It's not too steep, but plenty of rather steady gain. It's short, and the top is breathtaking.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views from the top. Definitely worth the climb.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike to the top with a spectacular view!

Great hike! Go early in the morning and you will miss all the crowd.

Very short and look out for the MTB crowd. Didn’t see any other people hiking but did see a lot of bikers.

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