Start this 6.2-mile loop early in the day to avoid the heat, and follow the old dirt road clockwise from the parking area at the end of Willow Springs (you’ll get the uphill out of the way in the first part of the hike). The old road narrows to singletrack as you approach a surprisingly dense hidden forest of ponderosa pine and junipers. You may spot bighorn sheep, lizards, and an array of birds.
The trail steadily gains elevation as it winds past geological features, sweeping views of La Madre Wilderness, and the crags and peaks of the White Rocks. The rocky, but always well-signed trail tops out around 5,400 feet before descending through sandstone hills to the White Rock parking area. Take in more amazing views of the red-striped Spring Mountains ahead of you before crossing the parking lot.
Continue southwest on the loop through fields of cholla cactus toward Lost Creek. The trail eventually parallels the road into Willow Springs. Stop to check out the ancient Paiute agave roasting pit and petroglyphs. The picnic tables next to the springs are perfect for a post-hike lunch.
-Mapped by Chelise Simmons
- Distance: 9.9
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From trailhead walk northwest up worn dirt road.
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Agave Roasting Pit
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At Y-junction, bear right, heading north. Continue on dirt trail.
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Turn right at 3-way junction. The path narrows and travels toward the base of the hills.
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Crest the highest point on trail (5,434 feet).
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Continue south on the White Rock Loop Trail, past an agave roasting pit, toward the White Rock parking lot.
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From the White Rock parking area, follow signs and head west to continue on White Rock Loop on singletrack.
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At junction with White Rock Springs, continue southwest on White Rock Loop.
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At junction with Grand Circle Loop, continue southwest on White Rock Loop Trail.
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Continue northwest at Lost Creek junction.
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Pass another ancient agave roasting pit.
Wilson, Rainbow and Bridge Mountains
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Rocky Gap Road Junction
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La Madre Springs Junction
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Views to the southwest
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Ponderosa Pine and Juniper Trees
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Keystone Thrust Trail Junction
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White Rock Springs Junction
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Grand Circle Junction
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