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hiking
21 hours ago

Great hike, make sure you have 5 dollars exactly to pay for parking at the station, it has to be left in an envelope. It's very easy to get off the trail, so pay attention.

Easy trail. no shade. so the earlier the better

God is good !!!

Agree with Chris S. Did this when it was closed today. Had to literally crawl through branches at some points but was doable (I'm 6ft and was wearing a backpack). Very much worth the scratches.

Definitely challenging. View in the top is one of the best views of El Paso. It took me nearly 5 hours to fully complete yet I am a beginner and I stopped often . Take as much water as you can and start early (park opens at 8) to beat the heat. I started late and that’s what killed me.

This is a nice trail that starts at the West Cottonwood Trailhead. It takes you to an area of trees and a small spring that it is more showy in the rainy season. From this area you start to walk by the steepest section of the trail, then you reach the rim of the mountain from were you have a beautiful view of the Franklin Mountains and the city of El Paso.

Beautiful scenery! Great to do early in the AM. Some parts were strenuous, but overall good hike! Breathtaking view at the highest elevation.

Pretty easy hike, and the view at the top is amazing!

Amazing views, a must do if you’re in good enough shape and have an entire morning to kill in the area. Me and my two friends got it done in about 3 and a half hours with ample breaks to take in the views and hydrate.

The inclined can be tough, and the terrain is rocky and not always super stable. Hiking boots are a must.

trail running
1 month ago

Recommend hitting this trail early in the morning while temps are lower and to avoid heat exhaustion. No need to bring backpack. Just a water source and phone. Awesome trail. Amazing views at the top. Watch out for loose rocks and footing on the descent. Have fun!

Great trail! Not to be taken lightly though. My friend and I took our 3 dogs expecting it to be much easier than it was and ended up using all of our water on our dogs and not much on our selves. But still a great hike and amazing views!

hiking
1 month ago

I love it. Going up the trail, is quite a workout. Great views to enjoy.

I had walked this trail back in 2006 with a few buddies of mine. This is a great trail and very well kept. I found it pretty easy to hike. It does have some decent inclines in a couple areas. Once you get to the peak you have some great views of El Paso and the surrounding area.

hiking
1 month ago

Great two hour hike in late afternoon.

Well-maintained trail with spectacular views of the mountains. The drive to the trailhead is worth the trip alone. 95% of the trail is in full sun, but there are patches of shade to rest in. Dog friendly and lots of birds.

Very nice trail, not too long not to steep, with wonderful views of the Franklin Mountains. You walk near a beautiful small canyon contemplating a nice landscape.

Difficult hike but the view is breathtaking and worth it

hiking
2 months ago

great hike

Really fun, want to do this one the other way around. perfect morning with a little overcast then finished up on lower Sunset trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail with lots of shade.

nature trips
2 months ago

Great hike with a variety of scenery. Trail starts in the desert and scrub, but by the halfway point you're in a nice forested area with plenty of shade. Great wildlife to photograph, as well!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike but very challenging! The first 15mins of the hike is mainly on big, loose gravel. Followed by a nice shallower path. To get to the division of Tin Mines and North Franklin took me 45mins with a good tempo. From there the trail got very narrow and rocky...took me an hour to get to the top. The view is awesome! I like that this trail brings you on both sides of the mountains before leading to the top. Worth the hike but very difficult.

hiking
3 months ago

What a gem! The views are fantastic wherever you look! The hike was challenging at times with large rocks to navigate. Be prepared by wearing good hiking boots as part of the trail is quite slippery due to sand and small stones. Numerous points along the trail to stop and appreciate! Found that going to the left or clockwise is preferable. Hope to return again for sure

hiking
3 months ago

Great morning hike!! Some areas were a little challenging for my dog, but overall it's a beautiful hike! Lots of shaded areas to stop and rest and take in the amazing views!

hiking
3 months ago

I did this hike while it was closed. When you first get onto the trail, stay close to the river, and don't go up the stairs that are being worked on. Eventually you'll veer to the right side of the river. It's quite a hike up (mile or so) until you reach the loop. Once you reach the loop there are numerous sections where trees are fallen, nothing that you can't get through though. I went clockwise on the loop, not to bad. There was one section that was very bad where I had to climb up the side of the mountain and back down which was VERY steep. I basically slid down. That was the worst part of the hike. The views were outstanding - although when we went it was foggy. Rivers, bridges, redwoods, ocean views, incredible tree views. Overall a great hike. And m GF didn't kill me!

Beautiful hike. It was crazy to see such greenery in the desert. Some great views. Hike was fairly moderate. At the start of the trail if you go right first it is a little more challenging cause u are climbing and if you go left first it is a steady climb but subtle.

Beautiful hike! Haven't hiked in a while. This hike was a bit difficult going up but with plenty of hydration and energy snacks, we made it through.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with amazing views over White Sands. Very quite and peaceful hike. Takes about 2hrs.

Steep and rocky hike but worth the views. I wouldn’t recommend in the summer since there’s no shade. Definitely worth it, the highest point in El Paso. Lots of cholla cacti near the peak.

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