Franklin Mountains Loop 1 is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, TX that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Hike to the old mine, the bridge, Mundys Gap and West Cottonwood Spring. Follow the main trail. At 0.58 miles there is a junction. Follow the main trail left. At 1.22 miles there is a wooden bridge. At 1.68 miles you arrive at Mundys Gap. From the benches, study the ridgeline south. Find a narrow trail marked with rocks at the entrance following the ridgeline. Take that trail. At 1.85 miles find a trail that leaves the ridgeline right and downhill. Follow the trail downhill to West Cottonwood Spring at 2.0 miles. Follow the trail downhill from the spring. At 2.24 miles you come to the trail junction again. Look carefully for a narrow trail entrance to the left. Follow this trail south up the slope for about 30 feet, then turn almost due west. Do not take the downhill slope. At 2.58 the trail will fork. Follow the narrow trail to the left around the hilltop, and across to the next hilltop west. You should pass a bench on that hilltop. Follow the main trail down and north to end on the main trail near the parking lot.