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Gass Spring
Gass Spring
Gass Spring trailhead (view SW)

Overview

Gass Spring is a small water hole on the northeast flanks of Gass Peak. This tiny spot of water in the vast desert supports a few shrubs, a bit of grass, and lots of wildlife. This is a good place to see desert birds, bighorn sheep, and even bats as they come to drink. While visiting the spring, don't crowd the wildlife.

Link to map.

For general information on camping, regulations, other issues, and the natural history of the Wildlife Refuge, see the Desert National Wildlife Range -- Area Overview page.

Gass Spring
Hiker at fork in road: go right to the spring

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this is a pretty safe hike. Depending on road conditions, the trailhead might be accessible with a 2WD-HC vehicle, but inquire locally or use a 4WD vehicle just to be sure.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is fairly short, it is remote, so be sure, at least, to have the 10 Essentials in your vehicle.

This is a wildlife refuge, so pay extra attention to respecting the land. Please, don't bother the bighorn sheep. They have a hard enough time making a living in these desert lands; they don't need extra stress from people hanging around the spring.

Gass Spring
Gass Spring (view SE from road)

Getting to the Trailhead

This hike is located on the Desert National Wildlife Range, about 2.5 hours north of town.

From town, drive out to Corn Creek Field Station and continue east 50 yards to a T-intersection. Turn right onto Mormon Well Road, driving south and then east up the bajada for 4.35 miles to Gass Peak Road. Gass Peak Road cuts off to the south (right) just before Mormon Well Road gets to the mountains. Turn right onto Gass Peak Road and follow it south and then east for 8.1 miles to Gass Spring Road. Watch for a "Service Road Only" sign on the south (right) side of the road. Park here; this is the trailhead.

Gass Spring

The Hike

From the trailhead (Table 1, Waypoint 01), the route runs southwest on the service road heading towards Gass Peak. At a fork in the road (Wpt. 02), the route runs right and continues southwest.

The road winds around and turns more to the south, and shortly Gass Spring (Wpt. 09) comes into view below the road. On the approach, be sure to watch for wildlife that saw you and started moving away before you saw them.

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View north from service road near Gass Spring
more to come ...

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27, UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Wpt. Location Easting Northing Elevation (ft) Point to Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
01 Trailhead 665069 4033558 4,910 0.00 0.00 Yes
02 Fork in the Road 664764 4032948 4,965 0.44 0.44 GPS
09 Gass Spring 664583 4032513 5,030 0.80 0.80 Map
01 Trailhead 665069 4033558 4,910 0.80 1.60 Yes

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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