Tree Spring Trail -(#147) - Moderate

Let's carpool to Tree Spring Trail in the East Mountains for a nice hike up to the crest and back.  It will take 15-20 minutes to get there (up the Crest Highway, NM 536, north off of I-40), so everyone please be on time.  Parking fee is $3 per car, or annual permit.  There is a restroom at the trailhead.

This hike starts at 8470' and goes up to the crest for a spectacular view, with over 1000' gain in 2 miles.  Not a beginner hike but we will go at an Easy Pace.  We can split into 2 groups if some would like to go up the trail ahead at a faster pace.  The total length of hike will be 4 miles.

Tree Spring Trail is in the forest, very shady and winding, so there may be snow or ice -- please bring gaiters and traction devices/spikes for your hiking boots.  Dress in layers.

At the Crest there is a fantastic overlook of the whole valley.  We can take a break there and have snacks/lunch before heading back down.

Weather:  I have not checked the trail conditions lately, so hopefully we can get some info before the hike.  If we have a snowstorm come through before Wednesday, we may reschedule this hike.

No dogs for this hike please.

 

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  • Cheryl

    Look forward to returning to see all those irises in bloom!

    May 2, 2012

  • Terry M.

    A good-paced hike, great forest trail.

    May 2, 2012

  • Robin T.

    Fantastic hike! Wildflowers blooming and aspens are getting their leaves. Thanks Cheryl for pointing out the fossils.

    May 2, 2012

  • Cheryl

    Just come safely, even if it takes you 5 or 10 mins longer.

    May 1, 2012

  • Terry M.

    I need to drop my stepdaughter off at 8:00am, but I will hustle all I can to get there by 8:30. I will be in a cream-colored Mercury that is flying towards you at the last minute.

    May 1, 2012

  • Robin T.

    Everyone please remember, no dogs for this one!

    April 30, 2012

  • Robin T.

    That is fine Brian. Meet you at the trailhead around 8:50-9am.

    1 · April 28, 2012

  • Peter C.

    Robin, I have a Senior Pass and would be happy to drive my car in the pool of cars going to the trailhead from Smiths, and can take 3-4 others and their gear.

    1 · April 27, 2012

  • Robin T.

    Judith - unless there is snow on the east side of the mts, it should be fine. However, please realize we have a waiting list now.

    April 26, 2012

  • Judith B.

    I would like to do this hike and don't have spikes ut this doesn't look like it will e a problem. Judith

    April 26, 2012

  • Robin T.

    Thanks Stefan!

    April 22, 2012

  • Cheryl

    Thanks for the trail update, Stefan.

    April 21, 2012

  • Stefán

    i hiked Tree Spring trail today (4/21). the trail is clear! (a few sparse patches of snow here and there, but not a problem at all) hike on!

    April 21, 2012

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