North Mount Franklin Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Pretty fun trail has a lot of forks and places you can go. Nice paved roads too. Make sure you bring a pair of boots. Very rocky but beautiful views
loose rock made it fun. views are gorgeous. needs more climbing.
Definitely a "to do" if you're passing through. 7.6 miles is a little off. I had my watch map it and it was 4.43 miles one way to the summit. Took us about an hour and 45 minutes to reach the summit. The loose rock makes it more challenging than it needs to be but your legs get a good smoking from the walking. Definitely worth taking it all the way to the peak. Bring plenty of water and small snacks. Great views.
Great! Very challenging I've done this hike twice & will definitely be doing it again.
Very hard trail but worth the hike. Beautiful views,lots of wildflowers and cacti.
Good endurance test! Great views the whole way up. Once at the summit, you'll see the true beauty of the Franklin Mountains and surrounding areas. It took me 2 hours to reach the summit. Thats with rests and picture stops. I recommend taking PLENTY of WATER, nutrition snacks, sunblock, comfortable clothes, appropriate footwear, sunglasses, a hat and more WATER!
Awesome work out, ran/hike to the top and ran down. Super views from the top. Definitely recommend!
This is a trip to the top of the highest point in the whole range of the Franklin Mountains. The elevation gain is around 2,400 ft to an altitude of 7,192 ft. For all practical purposes you walk all the way up to the top. At the beginning you can select between two alternative ways that join together in about a mile. Later on you will reach the Mundys Gap and you will be able to see El Paso Texas east and west sides. You also can get to the Gap, and even the North Peak through the rim, by using an alternative trail that goes to the Cottonwood Spring. Once at the top enjoy what you see.
Great hike! Worth the views.
Definitely take the Agave trail up from the parking lot to avoid most of the rocky section at the bottom of this trail. Well worth the hike.
Very rocky at the beginning, I'm glad I decided to wear proper hiking boots. Beautiful views all the way up with a huge payoff at the end (360 degree view at the top).
This was our first hike after moving from Fort Benning to Fort Bliss. The elevation gain is relatively spread out, so it's not too bad steepness-wise. It was a fairly busy trail, and we saw about two dozen people throughout. This worked to our advantage, since a trail runner actually spotted a rattle snake just 20 meters ahead of us and was kind enough to give us a heads up.
This is one of those trails you have to do because it's the highest in the Franklins, but other than that I find it pretty underwhelming. The trail starts out really nice on the west side with green plants, red rocks, and lizards running about, but once you cross over to the east side it's all scorched and just feels like an unkept backyard. Although the trail is well maintained, i would recommend hiking boots. I've done it with both running and hiking shoes and the jagged rocks will get to you in a thin shoe. If you love insects (I don't), do this hike right after a good rain. What I do love about this trail is that it makes for great uphill training if you want to test your speed and endurance.
Hike this trail starting from Tom Mays Unit, take Mundy's Gap then youll reach the split sign and take a right towards North Franklin Peak. The view just keeps getting better the higher up you get. Theres an abandoned old pick up truck that I have no idea how it got up there but its mostly scrap metal now and you come across a danger sign warning you about unexploded bombs lol. Don't worry I didn't come across anything and its mainly telling you about a path for you not to take anyways. Once you get to the top after thinking you almost got there three times before you actually do its worth the calories burnt. Don't be scared and take this hike, you'll be able to scratch this off your bucket list and I know for sure not many people can say they reached the top of El Paso's highest peak. Take water, fruit "Pineapple for b-12", and a camera and you'll be just fine... It is best you make sure you are conditioned for this trail though.
This trail is listed as easy and although that may be accurate for my skill level, it wouldn't be for other more casual hikers. It's well marked and travelled but pretty long till you reach the summit with many areas of loose rock. I made it to the top in about 1 hour and 20 minutes, but I was pushing hard the whole way. The views are great and further up the mountain I saw two lizards about 14 inches in length from head to tail! They certainly weren't afraid of me, and for that I got some good pics. They seem more prominent the higher you ascend through the trail. This is also the main trail for other hikes including Mundy's Gap, Tin Mines, and the Cottonwood trails. Sneeds Cory, a small bouldering area, lies at the base of the trail.
If you want to say you've conquered the highest peak in the Franklins go for it! I would recommend doing some training before hand but overall this is not a horribly difficult hike, just long and the altitude can affect one if they're not used to it. During the last leg there are a couple false summits but don't give up! The views are fantastic at the top! Bring plenty of water and food!