We have done this trail two times, both with family and friends. The second time on October 2015, we hike about 6 miles because we started from a parking lot near McNutt Rd. We think that the best month to visit it is October, the day of the celebration. Many people walk to the top this day and stay for the mass. The trail is easy, wide and in good conditions, perfect for the family. Once at the top you can, if you want, pray for a moment and enjoy the view of El Paso and Juarez. You have to arrive early to find a parking lot near the entrance.
Very close to the border and so many warning and suggestion from border patrol like to travel in a group of two or more. They close it early evening so better to do it in the morning. It's in the desert so no shade so pick a right time and hydrate well. An amazing seen of two different world will wait for you at the top. Awesome experience.