hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hike. Took my 10 yr old akita ... he did great. Views are good especially taking a couple of side trails that overlook the west side. Took a nice pano of the upper valley. Definitely do this again ... great one for the old dog!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun! Climbs were challenging and views were stupendous

hiking
1 month ago

Another fairly easy walk not far from town.

Fairly easy hike not too far from town. Not the most scenic but still a nice walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Haven't been hiking in a while so decided this trail would be a good place to start. Found the location easily, parked in the parking lot but had some difficulty locating the trail. 1st time at the trail. There is the El Paso Tennis Club with tennis courts at the entrance as well.

The trail was okay, just watch out for rocks. Some paths on the trail aren't obvious, made some detours. But, you can see UTEP (particularly the education building) the lights from the tennis court (I hiked in the evening), and the houses so you won't get lost. There was a few bicyclist there as well. One thing i didn't like was the privacy. For almost all the trail, you can see nearby houses and the street for much of the trail is right above it. Like an island of nature in a sea of city. But it's nice and it's not difficult as long as you watch out for rocks, but of course, hiking is not walking on a red carpet.

Did some evening rucking here. It's a bit of a crappy little residential trail. Ok if you live in the area, but wouldn't go out of my way to hike it. Would give two stars if I didn't feel like I was in a fish bowl (it's in an arroyo with houses along the ridge). Even though there's next to no elevation change, make sure to wear sturdy shoes because the trail is a bit rocky. Nice view of UTEP and Juárez where the trail pivots around.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

The Palisades Canyon Loop is in the Franklin Mountains State Park at El Paso Texas. The entrance is located close to the Scenic Drive. There, you will find a network of trails and roads. We visited this loop two times this month. On our second visit we improved our original experience. For our walk, we selected some of the already established trails, trying to make the loop as lengthy as possible. The idea was to create a loop starting at the E. Robinson Ave., connect to the trailhead that is at the end of the Stanton St., climb the nearby hill and back to were we started. In the second visit we went to the very end of the loop at the traihead named Thousand Steps Trail, near the Stanton Street. About the mile 2.2 from E. Robinson trailhead, following the map, you have to turn to your right, but the trail is not clear, so you have to choose the best point to walk by the hill and intersect with the trail that takes you directly to the Stanton Street. We returned by the Thousand Steps Trail as is shown on the map. Almost about to complete the small loop we turned to our right, a cairn is there, and went down by the trail on the hill. This part of the loop trail, which goes around the network of trails, exists but is not shown on the map. In our way to the top of the nearby hill, we walked close to a small rock canyon. For us this was the highlight of the trip. Then we continued our journey toward the E. Robinson Ave. This is an easy trail but it is a good example of the typical Franklin Mountains surroundings, and we think best represents the complete Loop at the Palisades Canyon.

on The Monk's Trail

hiking
Thursday, April 07, 2016

Nice hike.

mountain biking
Friday, December 25, 2015

This is a great trial. When it says "moderate", I'm not sure that's true unless I took the hard route haha.

Had lots of fun, with a great weather!

Would recommend it to people with prior experience in mountain biking- not for beginners.

mountain biking
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Love this trail! It's my favorite trail in El Paso, since it's close to town short and "action packed" It has a little bit of everything, good challenging climbs and descents but all in all a very good mix that you can ride in approximately about an hour depending on your speed. Let me warn you even though it's a short trail still take lots of water with you you never now what's going to happen. And this is no beginer trail as well so if you don't think you're up to the task dont do it.

trail running
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Easy trail to grab that doesn't require a parking pass (cost money). The trail loosely follows a creek towards and into the Franklin Mountain Park and appears to connect with trails within Franklin Mnt. Park system.

mountain biking
Sunday, April 06, 2014

Not great for riding. Too many lose rocks, You'll be walking your bike a lot. The trail entrance is found down the street. Lots of new housing there. Kind of feels like your in there back yards.

mountain biking
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Its quite challenging, it has some demanding slopes uphill, Mid level, and one that is Mid High level, with large rocks.
The descent is long and amazing. Watch out for for some hills that need some expertise level, and strongly suggested to walk them down (From a rookie point of view)

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