username
X
password
register help
GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
LabelsComments
triplogs photosets comments more
Little Mineral Springs Trail - 1 member in 14 triplogs has rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
14 triplogs
  All Months
14 Triplogs
Jan
1
Feb
0
Mar
2
Apr
1
May
1
Jun
1
Jul
2
Aug
1
Sep
1
Oct
2
Nov
1
Dec
1
 

Oct 09 2014
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Mineral Springs Trail #5579Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2014
imike
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles
1,900 ft AEG
 no routes
Big midweek turnout for the meetup hike, with a new hiker, so we altered the route... did a selection of ins and out and ups and downs... then, split the group and did a nice exploratory up Lost Trail Canyon N1. It was nice... and, we finally scored a Crinoid that included more than just the trunk section. Been looking for that.

On top of the project work blended into the last months of the year... just got Jury Duty!! here it is for 90 days!!! I'm on till the end of the year. I'm not certain when I can increase the hiking to get back to a training level... may be after the first of the year??
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
Sep 23 2014
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Lost Trail Canyon: South ForkSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Sep 23 2014
imike
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
 no routes
Will and Ross out for exercise... we redirected our efforts up into the Lost Trail drainage... rains making the pooling in Ortega Canyons too much? We closed out up to Lost Trail using a north spur... lead up to a very nice dryfall formation with interesting strata... descended Lost Trail... then around on the road/trails.
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
Aug 01 2014
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Mineral Springs Single TrackSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2014
imike
Hiking8.90 Miles 3,670 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles
3,670 ft AEG
 no routes
First day of August's month of GPS tracking...

Rain and very low cloud cover (within 500' elevation gain hey were below me!)... dead air and muggy. But, all in all a very nice morning. In addition to the trails I planned to cover, I added one new route and another set on the other end of town.

Secondary goal each day is to hit somewhere around the 4,000'AEG mark... so, do the various tracking hikes then hit the "A" trail for elevation lap to round out that part of the day.

Or... go hit a route I need a GPS track on; that's what I did today: Alamo Point... Cave Canyon. Pleasant surprise to find a real Trailhead sign down in Alamo Canyon; About time!!

Home: downloaded GPS Tracks... got them edited on my Map. downloaded 150 pictures; edited and organized with an additional organizational twist that may make it easier to load them to HAZ and Google+ (...Picasa not syncing with Google+ lately...?)

Have not made it to the odds and ends: Map link edits, Map ridge route edits... Map cropping?

Also: I need to load pics to HAZ; I'll do that right after I submit a new trail description...

Then, there is the task of getting the GPS routes on to the HAZ site... nice if I could just finish the Map and send it over all at once!

One day down... 30 to go?
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
Jul 23 2014
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Mineral Springs CanyonSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2014
imike
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles
1,600 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Ross showed for the 5:40am start... routed around to catch areas he had not hiked... diverted by wild dog pack with overly yappy little dog... checked out upper end of Mineral Springs Canyon looking for artifacts; none found. Dead air day, yet again. Energy off after yesterday's bigger effort.
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
Mar 28 2014
tarryon
avatar

 Guides 1
 Photos 4
 Triplogs 158

60 female
 Joined Oct 14 2012
 nm
Little Mineral Springs TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2014
tarryon
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.85 mph
1,650 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners partners
imike
What a wonderful way to see the spring. I do not remember ever going that way. There is this huge bolder just barely leaning on these small rocks. Oh and the views on dark mesa & down the canyons are super.
_____________________
Mar 28 2014
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Mineral Springs Trail #5579Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2014
imike
Hiking15.40 Miles 4,800 AEG
Hiking15.40 Miles
4,800 ft AEG
 no routes
I forget What a great hike this loop is! Every time I introduce new hikers to this route they affirm the quality and variety. The Springs, Indian Wells, meadows, rocks, vistas... and the not too hard, not too easy nature of the loop. This was a great Friday group hike. Of course, Terri's Friday hikers were all off on a different hike, but that was nice too. It would be great if the calendar could fill in with lots of choices for everyone.

Finished after 11am for that first hit, started to do laps on the "A", but that was not inspiring. I moved over to the more difficult Cave Canyon and that did the trick. I quit a little short of the 5,000' goal but my focus is drifting ahead to April... I may fall a little short of the 150,000' goal this month as I get ready to try for the bigger month about to start.

The game/cattle trail up the ridge on the west side of Cave Canyon could be improved into a great training route up to Alamo Point (high north side over the mouth of Alamo Canyon). That would also give us a good path up to the Cave... and the connecting short loop around from Pock Rock up through Ross's Cut. That needs to happen!

Very good day out!
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
Jan 12 2014
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Mineral Springs Trail #5579Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2014
imike
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.58 mph
1,100 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 no routes
Sunday beginner's hike... really nice out... may have spotted yet another canyon to go check out!
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
Dec 27 2013
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Mineral Springs Canyon NorthSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Dec 27 2013
imike
Canyoneering5.10 Miles 750 AEG
Canyoneering5.10 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   1.65 mph
750 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
 no routes
Friday outing with Terri's group...
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
Nov 25 2013
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Little Mineral Springs TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2013
imike
Hiking2.50 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
200 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
just a short hit out into the snow scape...
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
Jul 19 2013
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Lost Trail - Lincoln NFSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2013
imike
Hiking11.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
 no routes
Meetup outing,,, early to beat the heat
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
Jun 02 2013
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Dark Mesa Spur TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2013
imike
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
2,300 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
I needed an easier day.

Awake last night on the half hour… and that was after 2:30am when I first managed to drift off… but, out of bed before 6:30am… over to and on the trail before 7am. I thought I’d re-loop last weeks hike and snap some defining photos.

Then, that odd impulse to head off to where I have not yet been… or not been in a long time, so I dropped into Dark Mesa Canyon and started enjoying that bit of off trail up to the “real” Mineral Springs Trail (the part that is no longer a Jeep route). From there I did cut across and over to the Spur Trail for the pictures.

It looked as if the mountain bikers had been coming down Little Mineral Springs… made me wonder about a connecting spur from the top of that trail. So, up then off trail once again… rough route, but sort of nice. Not for bikes, but some potential for an upper looping connection to Mineral Springs above Dark Mesa Peak.

I got pics of the peak and the mesa, as planned… and oriented the full length of the Mineral Springs Canyon drainage below the cave (…the spring fills and flows out of a cave that has been dug back into the hill). I’d never realized that that drainage splits the Basin, not flowing into the Lost Trail nor the drainages north of Dark Mesa. Interesting.

I re-positioned an old forest service trail marker ½ mile over to the correct trail… it was the carbonite marker that once was bedded down near Indian Wells, where everyone parks. It had disappeared years ago… then earlier this year found it’s way half way up Little Mineral Springs trail. T5579... Mineral Springs Trail. I moved it higher up the route; ideally less prone to vandalism?

Lots of pics to edit… then I need to hit a Hotspot for the upload to HAZ.

Slow pace… cooler temps, and once it turned hot (sweat dripping off my arms and hands!) the soaked cotton T-shirt combined with a pleasant breeze to make it all just right.

Thunderstorms predicted for later today… Fire Danger high… but, they have yet to close the Forest. Gotta like that!
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
May 24 2013
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Lost Trail Drainage NorthSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar May 24 2013
imike
Canyoneering9.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
Canyoneering9.00 Miles
2,600 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
 no routes
...early start, headed up and over to Dry Canyon, but on the way... both some energy issues and the thought of doing the dull, open Dry. And, I was staring up and over at the Dark Mesa, upper and lower. That had appeal. I made the looping turn to carry me over to access that ridge.

It was a very nice hike... cacti blooming... shadows on cliffs... much like walking in and through a private desert park.

I was surprised to find that the upper Mesa was really just a peak. Though surrounded by dark cliffs, it lacked the substance I was expecting to be the upper Mesa... and, it had a use trail directly off of the Mineral Springs Trail.

Next, dropping down and past the Springs, I followed the real trail route down to the next pass and found access to the lower Mesa easy. I looped around the Mesa, noticing what appeared to be yet another trail down below and heading off to the south... it proved to be a great connecting Spur trail over to Little Mineral Springs trail. It was in great shape and covered with cacti in full magenta bloom.

I exited LMS trail down at the Indian Wells, and went off trail over to Lost Trail Canyon, and looped back to my car in that drainage.

It was not the harder day planned, but it was a great outing. New stuff... that seems to be what keeps me going of late. Now, for some stupid reason I did not take my camera along. So, got to redo the loop...
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
Apr 14 2013
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Little Mineral Springs TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2013
imike
Hiking4.10 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles
700 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
raspy lungs had me cutting the day short... maybe I am just too old to get back up and going!!
Named place
Named place
Black Mesa Ortega Peak
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
Oct 24 2010
imike
avatar

 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
 Triplogs 2,467

69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Mineral Springs Trail and then SomeSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2010
imike
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
2,300 ft AEG
 no routes
Afternoon loop up and around, checking out a couple of canyons to hike over the coming week.
_____________________
Ageless Mind... Timeless Body... No Way! Use It and Lose It. Just the way it is...
average hiking speed 2.03 mph

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.

help comment issue

end of page marker