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The park conducts tours open to the general public. These ranger-led tours are conducted on the first and third weekends of the month. Reservations are preferred, with tours limited to ten persons. If attendance allows, others will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations, call the park office. Tours depart from the park's front entrance at 8 a.m. during the summer months and 9 a.m. during the winter months. Special arrangements for clubs, scout groups, school groups, or any group of more than 8 persons is available, depending upon staffing. Please call the park office for more information. The park reserves the right to limit the number of hikers in a tour group or to cancel trips due to weather conditions. For all tours/general hiking in the Franklin Mountains, wear good shoes, preferably hiking boots, weather-appropriate clothing, and travel in pairs. Always bring plenty of water and snacks. Cell phones are advised if available.

Nice trail for novice hikers. I would be alert of falling or loose rocks, steep last quarter of the hike , just below the caves. Beautiful views once you make it up!

This is definitely a trail not for beginners. Lots of loose rocks and alot of inclines. But an absolutely beautiful view at the end and it was worth the hike.

Very easy trail. Gradual incline throughout trail but nothing crazy. So neat to see the mines. Definitely a repeat trip.

This was a great trail. We did not necessarily find it hard. We did get a little off track which we got in about an extra mile. We ended up on Schaffer trail and looped it into our walk ending up at the start of the upper sunset so we just walked back down to the lower sunset trail and finished the trail back out. The hardest part is loose rocks and hiking back up and out. So total we got about 9.16 miles out of it.

Amazing views!

A bit challenging if you are over 70 and recovering from a fractured femur. I don't think this would be suitable for children under 8.

Great hike. Not too hard, just longer than I’m used to. Look for the giant metal grate. That’s one of them, with the other one south of it. You could get by with your phone light, but I would recommend bringing a decent flashlight.

13 days ago

Easy hike and easy to get off trail. Ended up being close to 8 miles, due to wandering off the course.

Hiked to mammoth. Not a hard hike at all. Ran into some guys from Team RWB. They were very cool and invited me to join them.

very nice hike.

16 days ago

Following the direction in the description you'll come to a left right split in the trail, left leads you to the crash site, right leads you to Ranger Peak and the observation deck. I recommend going the rest of the way to the peak and then follow the loop back around to the arroyo that leads to the crash site. The decent down the arroyo is treacherous, be smart and tie off or crab walk it.

My favorite trail in the Franklins. The chain portion is significant factor, I'd not recommend taking beginners or dogs unless you have a quality climb harness for them. Its an absolutely beautiful hike, the natural features and the views of town are breathe taking.

19 days ago

Nice trail steady incline, easy to get off track. We took a different route back and missed the entrance initially. The giant grate looking thing is the entrance and if you walk down the wooden steps you will see the other entrance. Bring a good flashlight or you won't make it far.

Great hike. Wearing hiking boots would not be a bad idea. It is easy to twist an ankle on a few points on the trail

Just beautiful and peaceful place. Well marked trail just be careful with all the loose rock but the views are amazing ...had an awesome birthday hike and lunch at the spring with my son.Can't wait to go back

23 days ago

Difficult but fun. The view at the trunk is amazing.

Love this trail! My husband and I did it with our dog! Was pretty windy but the views were incredible. We even saw a deer on the mountain. Definitely worth the hike. Long hike but not too challenging terrain wise

My group parked at the trail head, proceeded up the main trail to the first junction. We followed the trail to the right. I believe they call that portion the Aguave loop, theres a hang glider launch area that is marked along the trail. The trail is easy enough to follow, after the launching area you'll begin another moderate incline, up slope will be to your right and as you round the mountain you'll see a very small canyon and you'll see a large tree and two very distinct rock out crops. Cottonwood Spring is tucked back in the vegatation. You'll find good photo opportunities in a tree shaded alcove in the rock a few feet up from the spring and those distinct rock out crops. My party took a water break here. From here you can make the ridge line very quickly, its more of a path than a trail, but it you're wanting to summit North Mount, I think its the most rewarding route.

Nice easy and quick trail. Suitable for families. Last quarter is bit steep but nothing that was difficult. Good for a quick up and down if you're short on time.

Great walk. Bring a flash light and the mine is low. You might need to scramble in a few spots

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