the alert hiker will enjoy
A low-stress hike with plenty of opportunities for exploration and discovery. The so-called trail is really just Hackberry Spring Wash, which is generally wide with deep gravel until you get up near the spring. There is a narrow "gate" area near the start of the hike that is akin to hiking in a limestone slot canyon. Along the way, the alert hiker will enjoy pictographs, petroglyphs, a prehistorically-inhabited cave, agave roasting pits, and historic-aged trash. After reaching the head of the valley (an area formerly inhabited by ranchers and prospectors), hikers enjoy a short bushwhack up a narrow limestone slot to Hackberry Spring.
As you hike up the wash, there are many side canyons to explore - some with very nice narrows or good access to the surrounding ridges.
Hackberry Spring is not 100% reliable. Pipe and cement catchment are no longer functional. Bring your own water.
The hike is at fairly low elevation, and generally lacking in shade. It would vary from unpleasant to downright dangerous in hot weather.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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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.