Smith Spring Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

Smith Spring Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
387 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Hike to an oasis in the desert.

hiking
23 days ago

Decent enough, not too much to see except for the vastness of the landscape, but there is some water and waterfalls in some shaded areas at the halfway point, otherwise you are in the sun most of the time.

23 days ago

This trail is perfect for those who want a more leisurely hike. It starts off with wide open spaces and an incredible view where you can “see forever.” We prefer to take the trail up the foothills to the left since it’s less of a strenuous climb. All the way up you will wonder at the variety of desert trees and plants. We traversed through at least 13 creeks. The surprise awaits in the grove of trees that are nestled against the mountain. In it you’ll find a stunning spring with small waterfalls, pools and bridges. The source of the spring is right there under a large boulder. It is especially beautiful in the fall when the trees turn orange, yellow, red, pink and purple. It’s like an enchanted forest! It’s one of my favorite trails!

1 month ago

This is my favorite place in Texas! Best hike with an actual oasis!

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice trail with many wildflowers in season and good views of the mountains.

8 months ago

Trail starts by Frijole Ranch buildings. Nice views of the surrounding flatter areas. Trail covered in loose rock. I met a couple of Javelina on the trail. I went mid November, but would not have enjoyed this in warm weather as the trail is mostly non shaded.

hiking
8 months ago

Shorter hike with year round pond and stream another gem of the Guadalupes

8 months ago

good hike for senior citizens. seems to longer than 2.5 miles. enjoyable in cool weather.

9 months ago

Paired with Devils hall. Loved the spring.

hiking
9 months ago

Had a great time, planned a group hike, four adults, four kiddos they loved seeing the water definitely a great trip!

hiking
10 months ago

The spring at the top is shady and cool

11 months ago

Starts at Frijole Ranch, follows a canyon for a good while through desert terrain and just when you think you've had enough, you walk into the Spring area. It's a beautiful oasis in the middle of a harsh desert-mountain climate.

Beautiful and amazing in every way! Had the whole trail to myself and just myself and a deer at the Spring for probably over an hour! A must do for Guadalupe Mountains, in my opinion.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My time at Guadalupe Mountains National park was very limited, so I chose this trail instead of the Peak hike. Sadly, I probably would have been better just taking a pass. The trail just isn't that interesting and the views are kinda meh. I chalked it up as a chance to stretch my legs after a long car ride.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Great little day hike up to a natural spring at the top. We did the loop counter clockwise which was a little steeper right before the springs but we'll worth it. Great picknic area to have lunch at the springs before you head back down

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

Great, I'm a chub and I was able to complete it.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Great low maintenance hike with great views. Go in the morning or late afternoon and look for the resident Mule Deer and Javelina in the meadows in between the trail loop.

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Great hike! Not too hard, well worth the hike.

trail running
Monday, November 21, 2016

Nice short loop that you can make challenging because the first mile is uphill with plenty of rocks. The red and yellow foliage at the creek are beautiful! There's even a little waterfall! Fun trail indeed.

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

I would echo the other reviewers. Short and especially scenic at the springs. Also, the ranch house complex at the trailhead is worthwhile.

birding
Sunday, November 22, 2015

A great short trail to a beautiful little hidden area with trees and a spring. Great birding around the Frijoles Ranch starting point as well. This is a good spot for lovely fall colors as well.

hiking
Sunday, July 12, 2015

Very easy walk to a nice cool spring/pond.

hiking
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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.

hiking
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Awesome short hike. The trail brings you into a beautiful shaded oasis in the desert. The smell of freshly fallen, damp leaves and the sound of streaming water greet you after a short mile or so. I could have sat their all day. I had to turn back as the northern part of the trail that leads to Manzanita spring is washed out. This is a quick fun hike.

hiking
Monday, July 29, 2013

Excellent trail to hike! Relatively short and easy, and it is a loop vs. out and back. Great views into the low land, nipple hill is prominent throughout. Great small creek bed canyon to hike next to and into. We saw mule deer hiding in it. The best part is the Smith Spring near the mountain base. There are the biggest Texas Madrone trees there I've ever seen! Lots of lush green grass, moss, trees with gnarly roots. All shaded, cool, birds chirping. A desert oasis. Felt more like east Texas or hill country. Bathrooms near trailhead at frijole ranch house.

hiking
Monday, March 25, 2013

I was amazed that I was out in desert terrain, and at the spring, it felt like you were in a lush forest: a running stream, large pine trees, and birds chirping all around. What a place!

hiking
Saturday, November 10, 2012

This beautiful trail is a very good warm up trail, or if you only have a very limited time. Take your camera, because there are several perfect pic ops along the trail. The views of the valley are awesome. I would rate this higher except it could be longer. A easy to moderate trail with about a 400 ft. rise. With only a few spots, you could run this trail.
There are two things you specially have to see on this trail. The small museum at the beginning of the trail and the Smith's Spring at the mid point. A fine place to have lunch or picnic under the trees. You have enough time to complete this trail and then off to Carlsbad Caverns. Fitbit said this was 2.7

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