Mount Franklin from McKelligon Canyon is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.
First half was a nice hike with moderate climb. Second half seemed like as much a rock scramble as a hike. Great view. Quick hike.
We used the same entrance to Ron Coleman Trail at McKelligon Canyon Rd. Just a few feet to the left, we took a trail that goes up near the canyon. The trail is not used to much, so in some sections you can not see it, but with care you can walk with no problems. Once at the top of the mountain ,we took the trail to the left. The trail continues going up and there are some sections that we had to climb the rocks, difficult but exciting, nothing that you can not do. You get to the ridge of the Franklin Mountains and continue on the trail. The last part to get to the Mount Franklin is a rocky area but easy to walk. When we returned to the same top mountain we started, we took another trail to go down. This trail is easier and took us to the McKelligon Rd, then turned to the left and arrived to the point we started. In some parts the trail is difficult, but once you are at the top of the Mount Franklin, you feel a great satisfaction, and you greatly enjoy the view. We recommend good hiking boots, no tennis shoes.