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Coffins Springs - Turtle Mountain Wilderness, CA

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,943 feet
Elevation Gain 653 feet
Accumulated Gain 675 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 - 3 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 4.85
Interest Historic
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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15  2018-02-05 Steph_and_Blake
4  2018-02-05 AZWanderingBear
Author Steph_and_Blake
author avatar Guides 100
Routes 61
Photos 2,522
Trips 176 map ( 751 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Nov, Feb, Mar, Jan → Any
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:22am - 5:46pm
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This hike follows an old prospector road up a wash to two natural springs. Going up the wash is a bit of a slog, but the changing scenery and rock formations are worth the effort.

This hike starts off following an old road into the Turtle Mountain Wilderness. After about 0.4 mile the trail then follows a braided wash up the canyon. Actually, there isn't really a trail once you're in the wash. You simply continue along the wash, headed due south, admiring the various rock formations and geology along the way. I would be remiss not to point out that Mary Jo made a great effort to build cairns along the way to point out the most direct route.

Hard, dark jagged fins of rock were juxtaposed with creamy white, smooth stone. Small gray birds and phainopepla flitted around. At about 1.5 miles into the hike a side drainage comes in from the left. Follow this drainage, headed now southeast, to search out the two springs.

On the way in we stayed to the left of the canyon and attempted to locate water in the somewhat dense vegetation. We finally found a small seep that didn’t show any real perceptible movement. We continued climbing up to a shady spot for lunch and a brief rest, noticing that sheep also found this a good place to hang out.

On the way out we kept to the other (south) side of the canyon and stopped to check out a water tank and trough. The hike back through the gravel was much easier. All in all, it was a good workout and pleasant scenery.

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2018-02-11 Steph_and_Blake

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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.

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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From Blythe, CA, drive 72 miles north on Route 95. Turn left onto Turtle Mountain Road. Take a left onto Mohawk Springs Road. Take Mohawk Springs Road to the parking area for Coffin Springs Trailhead. Having been out there, please take the time and effort to study the route well in advance and map it out for your drive. The roads are not well marked, there is little signage, and what signs are there can be confusing. Use a GPS device to get to the coordinates for the trailhead. See GPS route for the Obsidian Deposit. It has a waypoint for the TH for Coffin Springs.
    page created by Steph_and_Blake on Feb 10 2018 3:58 pm
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