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Mineral Springs Canyon, NM

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,595 feet
Elevation Gain 1,005 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.65
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Historic, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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10  2013-12-27
Mineral Springs Canyon North
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7  2013-12-07
Mineral Springs Trail #5579
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Oct → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:35am - 5:02pm
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Little Mineral Springs Trail
Little Mineral Springs Trail
0.0 mi away
2.5 mi
1,650 ft
Mineral Ridge
Mineral Ridge
0.0 mi away
3.7 mi
2,555 ft
Mineral Springs Trail #5579
Mineral Springs Trail #5579
0.0 mi away
2.3 mi
1,550 ft
Lost Trail - Lincoln NF
Lost Trail - Lincoln NF
0.0 mi away
3.5 mi
2,100 ft
Mineral Springs Trail and then Some
Mineral Springs Trail and then Some
0.0 mi away
3.5 mi
1,700 ft
Mineral Springs Canyon North
Mineral Springs Canyon North
0.0 mi away
3.9 mi
2,600 ft
Basin North Wash
Basin North Wash
0.0 mi away
3.8 mi
1,830 ft
Indian Wells Trail via Indian Wells Wash
0.0 mi away
4.5 mi
550 ft
Mineral Springs Single Track
Mineral Springs Single Track
0.0 mi away
2.8 mi
1,690 ft
Indian Wells Trail
Indian Wells Trail
0.5 mi away
1.0 mi
250 ft
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Lost in The Mix...
by imike

Likely In-Season!
The most unique characteristic to be found in the area canyons: Water!

This canyon is distinguished by the most well known of all the area wet spots: Mineral Springs. Really, it is its only highlight. The Spring flows out of a cave in the upper reaches of the canyon. The canyon bowls out over the next quarter mile above the Spring. The lower section of the canyon is an open, overgrown drainage that offers little.


To the south of the canyon lies Little Mineral Springs Trail, an old Jeep route that winds up and along Lost Trail Canyon North. To the north lies the lower section of Mineral Ridge: Dark Mesa.

The Minerals Springs Trail (T5579) runs into then out of the Canyon along the section holding the Spring.

An old metal water tank resides just below the Spring. At this point an old Jeep track curves up and out to the north (T5579). An alterative route follows the canyon briefly to the west, winding around and down to reconnect with the old jeep trail.

The Mineral Springs Spur Trail also takes off to the south, winding over to connect with Little Mineral Springs Trail.

Looming immediately above the Spring Cave lies Dark Mesa Peak.

So… a canyon known for all that is happening around it… and not much for what it holds…

…except… that water!

Note: Experience this canyon best in overviews...hike the surrounding ridges!

imike

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    From White Sands Blvd, travel East on Indian Wells Road to its intersection with Scenic Drive. Park in the empty lot on the east side of the intersection. Follow the trail from the northeast corner of the lot, up onto the levee... then follow the levee south to the flattened area on your left. Turn and cross the area... exiting it on the road winding up and out towards the East... follow that road around and up on to the Ridge. The Road is The Little Mineral Springs Trail... the Canyon lies to the left as you work your way up
    page created by imike on Dec 08 2013 9:48 am
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