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Start from the east side and pick a day that is not windy. Just ausome but need to be I shape with good hiking boots!

surfing
13 days ago

This trail sucks. !! I feel sick now and my body hurts.

hiking
13 days ago

Hidden gem above El Paso

Watch out for rattle snakes

Great trail. Beautiful views. Use caution when walking through the rocks and when coming back down. Pretty windy but with the right gear it’s ok. Would definitely recommend.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Assess your skill level, read the other reviews below too and have a flexible plan because there are lots of ‘dumb ways to die’ on this ‘trail.’ There is no trail for the entire length of the ridgeline above or below the ridge. This is not hiking, it is free-style rock climbing.

How you will be humbled: One section of the ridgeline is nothing but a single, jagged, ‘knife-edge’ ridge to traverse. Once you are committed to this section, each foot-hold, each hand placement, each direction means life or death. Expect your muscles to feel like jello even before you begin this section because there are other sections like it, but this one is the worst. Once I hit sections like this I stopped taking pictures because I was in survival mode. Your option for not crossing sections like this or high cliff edges: empaling sword cactus, spiky cactus fit for a crown, cactus with tiny splinter barbs and loose rocks of all sizes and shapes on steep inclines, but mostly, the uncertainty of not knowing if there is a way through at all after all your effort and in the end having to turn back. I had cell service the whole way, but watch your battery life. After learning the ways of the sword cactus while going around the ridge at one point, I read a previous review on here and it gave me the confidence to continue to problem solve the ridge-line. Stay on it. Once you stop having fun and you are ready to get down off the mountain, you will learn to pray out loud. Bring a flashlight because you will grossly underestimate the timing. I did it in nine hours for a total of nine miles. I started out at the McKelligon Canyon parking lot at noon and lost the sun on some treacherous terrain just before reaching the kind ‘Thousand Steps Trail.’ I took the ‘Thousand Steps Trail’ safely to the parking lot. Once the sun went down, I had to use a different set of eyes: the lights of the city, the white reflecting trail, my GPS on ‘All Trails’ and ‘seeing’ through a continual prayer for direction. Bring a sweater in case you are forced to wait for morning light.

Rewards: Amazing views on Mount Franklin in all directions, quiet winds at summit and moments of the type of solitary worship that can be had in no other way. The satisfaction of reaching my goal. It’s a rugged, harsh beauty worth seeing! There are delightful swifts that swirl up top, deer and the night sounds of coyotes.

Just be smart about it and stay alive! My best advice is to do the trail in two parts on separate days and watch your time. My temps were 72/49. Bring an ultralight, hands free backpack for extra water. Hiking type running shoes are a must. The terrain on the top ridgeline is sturdy and has natural holds in places.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful walk! A lot of loose rocks being the only downfall! I will go back!

Took the more circuitous route with Agave loop and the switchbacks on the NE side of the peak past Mundy’s Gap. 10.3 miles total this way. Saw two tarantulas including one at the summit. Dogs enjoyed the trail and were pooped at the end.

Easy to get to, but be sure you have your state park pass or pay the parking fee. Once you're on the trail, be ready for some steep climbs at first!

Awesome morning work with crisp cool air.

hiking
1 month ago

Great accessible El Paso trail. Nice view at the gap of both east and west. Several benches and lookouts along the way. Only downside is the scree rocks at first 1/3 mile. Use poles to save your ankles or take the first alternate trail to the right.

hiking
2 months ago

Avoid the first half mile of large loose rocks by taking Agave Trail to the right, right at the trailhead sign (it's not marked). It only adds a little distance but is oh so much better on footing. Then continue straight at the junction - this is marked, and follow Mundy's Gap trail. We ended up doing this by default, as we started out to hike Cottonwood Trail, but I'd had it with the large loose rocks by the junction. Did the ascent in just under 1 hour (we're late 50's), and the views at the Gap were so cool!

safe place to practice cycling , running...or nature walk.

trail running
2 months ago

challenging run, great views on the way down. it's paved all the way up with some smaller gravel trails for the adventurers. I recommend starting early on the morning so you can see the sunrise on the city on the way down. I would definitely do it again.

Took me about 2 and a half hours with some stopping to film video and rest. Stayed at the top for a while, rested at mundy's gap on the way down and made it back to the trail head in just over 6 hours. If you want the best views of any of the trails in the franklins, this is the hike to do. Wear good footwear, the trail is pretty rocky and my feet were hurting pretty good by the end.

Whenever I have to go through CRC on Bliss, I always make time for this trail. I’ve done it from the Transmountain Drive side, as well as the McKelligon Canyon side. Both are equally difficult. The main goal is to always reach the Window. Lots of steep uphills from both sides to get to it, but the payoff is worth the pain. I usually spend 4 or 5 hours playing around these peaks, as there is a lot of view to take in. Bring plenty of water, and watch for loose rock. The towers up on top make a great place to rest, as you can sit on the edge of a sheer cliff overlooking El Paso a couple thousand feet below. GREAT TRAIL!

I did this hike for the first time solo 10/2/18. Made it to the top in just over 2 hours. Amazing views! I consider myself in good shape for someone turning 50 next week. I’m not gonna lie-I was pretty exhausted by the time I finished. Intend to do it again soon!

Great trail myself, my pregnant wife and daughter got up fairly quick. Coming down was a bit sketchy but made it down safely!!!

The hike took us 5/6 hours. Try to do it during morning. We started late and with summer heat in this region was really hard, but the trail is easy to follow, its rocky so use confortable shoes and bring lots of water and if possible fruits and granola bars. The view at the top is beautiful, totally worth it.!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Was an awesome trail, the only downfall is the trail is hard to follow. There was blue spray paint every now and then which indicates the trail. Definitely recommend if in the El Paso area.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice and Steep!! Great views.

hiking
3 months ago

A bit steep but worth it. Took my ten year old son and it took us an hour and sixteen minutes to complete. I would recommend hiking poles for the descent down. The description states 1..2 miles but the recording showed it was 2.2 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

great hike, not good for little ones, it has some narrow edges but its awesome views

A beautiful hike, with tremendous views and really fun in the technical section (I would skip using the chains and simply climb up using the natural hand-holds). I've done it in both directions and prefer starting in McKelligon Canyon and ending at Trans-mountain road (the decent into the wash at Trans is a bit loose at the top but manageable). 2.5hrs start to finish, at an easy pace, but bring water as it can get hot!

Btw, we did manage to do it with one car, by having an Uber pick us up and bring us back to the start...

hiking
3 months ago

Loved it!!! It’s a lot of incline, lose rocks! I would recommend you take a hiking stick!

hiking
4 months ago

This was a great hike! I took my 10 year old along and he had no problem keeping up. When we got to the caves El Paso PD was there conducting extraction training. They took the time to explain what they were doing which my son loved. Shout out to our men and women in blue!

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.

backpacking
4 months ago

Fantastic and challenging route with amazing views.

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