**Stay tuned, because right here late next week we'll announce some special guided hikes in the park, including the Smith Spring trail, for Sunday, June 23. Details to come!**
|Agave blooming in the desert|
Getting there is a gradual climb of 400 or so feet....there's no "climbing" or scrambling over boulders, just a gentle rise on a dirt or rocky path. This is rated as a moderate hike, but many beginning hikers may be ready to tackle it.
Not only do you get to visit this cool, green, shaded oasis, but the trail also takes you by Manzanita Spring, a pond, and a frequent stop for birds and wildlife. The trail begins and ends at the historic Frijole Ranch house, now a small museum showing early life in the Guadalupe Mountains. That's why this trail is designated as a "Texas Mountain Trail Heritage Hike."
More photos from the trail from yesterday!
|Closeup of the agave blooms|
|Pools of water from Smith Spring|
Our friends at Clif MOJO sent us some bars to sample along with some "Adventure Tips for the Great Outdoors!"
Here's one they offer: "Packing snacks is a no brainer. It's better to err on the side of having too much versus too little. Consider factors such as weight, bulk, nutritional value and taste. Try packing a few Clif Mojo Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Bars to cover your snacking needs, and plenty of water to stay hydrated during your day outdoors."