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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.

great hike. kid and pup friendly and seeing deer not uncommon!

underwhelmed expected it to be more of a challenge.

My daughter and I followed the trail exactly and even used the “record” function of the app to track our GPS progress. We found metal grates as described, but never found the actual mines. It was disappointing to say the least. The trail is decent but the only real reason we did it was to see the mines. All in all, make sure you bring lots of water as there is no shade cover here and very few places to sit and rest. We won’t be back but at least we scratched another hike off our list. The scenery is nice but flat land mostly. The few views are not anything better than any other Franklin Mountain trail (and maybe even inferior than most). The trail is easy and no technical skills really needed other than being able to walk on a road. It is a very long trail, bring snacks along with the water (more than you think you need).

I can see why one reviewer hiked 15 miles without finding the mines. The trails are easily washed away and in areas are overgrown by vegetation. There were times that GPS was the only real way to tell if we were following the path. Be careful if not using GPS. Luckily cell signal is strong in the area, but being a charging pack or two as even the best phone will be long dead by the time you get there.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

For beginners is really gently, pretty!!

mountain biking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Excellent one way hike ending at Trans- mountain. Took us just over 4 hours and included the spur to the actual summit.

easily identifiable trail all the way up...gets a little tricky coming down to mammoth. look for the blue dots and stay left on the last descent to mamoth.

hiking
20 days ago

The trail seemed longer than it was. The 8 and 10 yr old struggled in places and we had to take lots of breaks. The way back up to the camp site/restrooms was the hardest after the trail. 8 yr old was mad and crying! Saw no one on the trail. The view was nice but most of the cacti have died along the way.

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