Lower Sunset Trail is a 8.4 mile loop trail located near El Paso, TX that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Hike through a desert valley along the Lower sunset Trail. Park in picnic area 1-5. Hike west on the paved road to the trailhead kiosk. Follow the trail west and down-hill to about 0.65 miles where the trail will turn north (right). Continue north on the trail. The trail will wind in and out of the arroyos. At the fork, hikers and novice bikers take the right side. Extreme bikers go left. At 2.80 miles the trail reaches its lowest point. At 3.54 miles there will be a trail junction. Follow the right trail, DO NOT take the arroyo. There are clearly marked signs. At 4.07 miles intersect the main trail, Follow this trail uphill to the parking lot at the end loop.
We walked a classic trail in the heart of the Franklin Mountains. It is difficult to say how many time we have visited the place. Never the less, it was a pleasure to do it again. The trail is rather long than difficult, around 9 miles with a change in altitude close to 800 feet. To complete the loop that was part of our path, we used a portion of an old trail. Strong winds accompanied us all the time. This fact put some pressure in the journey but bring the benefit of keep yourself cool. We enjoyed the white thorn acacias in bloom with their tiny yellow flowers. The prickly pears are starting to show their beautiful flowers. I know that we will be back again.
Views were better than expected.