It Is Really Only Half Mile Long!
This short cattle track connects the Lower Pipe Springs to the Upper Pipe Springs, on a fairly clear trail that wraps around out of the drainage cut to the south, then wraps back around the ridge, re-entering and crossing the cut above the steep cliff formations. It then wraps back over to the pipeline that feeds the lower tank, and follows the upper portion of that ABS line up to the Upper Pipe Springs.
As you stand at the lower tank you will note the cattle track moving off and up to your right as you stare up the small canyon. That is your trail.
There are game trails also ascending the canyon, taking a more direct and much steeper approach. They would intersect the cattle route as it crosses above the rock falls formation. The cattle route is the better choice.
The Lower Pipe Springs is located just above and across from the intersection of the upper trailhead for the Roundup Grounds Trail (t107), and just below and across from the mouth of Purgatory Canyon.
The low bench formation on the north side of Alamo Canyon once held a portion of the old mine road, now mostly gone from sight, but the canyon cut above the bench is clear. Walk up onto and up into the cut until you reach the metal water tank, probably overflowing and creating a seeping spring down the hill. The Lower Pipe Springs will likely have cattle loitering about... a common mess in the Sacramento Mountains.
Upper Pipe Springs is easily located along the roadway that follows the Aquaduct Ridge Trail. The ABS pipeline flows out and down from the concrete tank overflow. If hiking down from above, simply follow the pipeline down the hill to the south. The intersection with the cattle track diverting off to your left can be faint, but if all of a sudden you find yourself going too steeply down into the canyon... you passed it! Turn around and move back up hill. There are cliffs below you; use the trail.
This handy spur trail allows for nice and easy access to the ridge... and gives you a trail connecting route on up to Pyramid Peak and beyond.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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