I'm wanting to get out on the trail so let's do La Madre Spring. It's about 4 miles round trip and ends at a dam, a little pond and a waterfall. You know how this desert rat loves anything with water! There's no scrambling on this at all. It's a relatively easy hike, though because of it's mildly steep but steady grade up the hill...I'll give it the "tough side of easy"... the "easy side of moderate". What I'm saying is beginners should be able to make it, but if you're not in good shape yet, it'll be a bit of a workout for you...consider yourself warned so NO WHINING! The plus side is it's all DOWNHILL coming back to the cars! STRONG children OK. NO Dogs Please. The spring is a great destination and place to rest, snack and enjoy the setting...but if people are up to it, there's a cool old miner's cabin (restored) about another 1/2 mile further up the trail. We could leave people at the spring for about a half hour while the more adventurous go check out this little bit of history, then come back pick up the pond people and head back down to the cars. The whole excursion should take 3-4 hours tops. That means down in time for lunch!
Anyway, here's a link for more info...
http://www.birdandhik... Let's meet at the Albertson's on Charleston on the way to Red Rock at 8AM...hit the road at 8:15...and on the trail at 8:30. Bring sturdy, comfortable shoes, plenty of water, light snacks, and dress in layers. It may be chilly early in the morning and warm up as we climb that hill. Hope you'll join us! SKIP 426-2083
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