Tom Mays Unit Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near El Paso, TX and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
The first time we hiked the Franklin Mountains at the Tom Mays Unit was on the year 2002. After several visits and several years past, at last, we tried the trail that bears the name of the unit. We started the journey at the parking lot that is at the end of the paved road inside the place. We walked our way back to the entrance gate located close to the highway 375, better known as the Trans-Mountain Road. The trail can be classified as easy. It runs kind of parallel to the paved road inside the park. It is mainly well marked and in very good condition. No matter what we mentioned before, we managed to loose the trail twice with not important consequences. This is a trail that we recommend for the entire family because is relatively simple an it is a good sample of the flora of the Chihuahua Desert. You will find plants as the lechuguilla, sotol, creosote bush, ocotillo, mesquite, acacia, prickly pear and the beautiful Texas rainbow cactus.