Explore the most popular Dogs On Leash trails in Franklin Mountains State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
rocky
14 hours ago

I really liked this hike. Take a stick as it gets pretty steep. I would also recommend actual hiking boots or something with lots of grip—lots of loose rocks. Such a beautiful view of the Franklin Mountains and the Mammoth Rock which is my FAVORITE El Paso landmark.

Easy trail but a good workout with the hills. Saw people of all ages and a lot of dogs. Very nicely kept, the whole thing is paved with rest areas at the top.

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

My family and I hiked it today. Took an hour at our pace. Not too many people. This is the main access to the longer biking trails so be alert for bikers on the descent. Fun hike for us. Ascent leaves your blood pumping at the end. Good time for us.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Love Mad Cow!

Short trail. Not my favorite in the park.

so very windy! a great scramble. The map at the trailhead says 7 miles round trip but it is more like 5 if you stay on the trail, 4 if you scramble. Dog friendly but I wouldnt bring my 30lb terrier unless there was significantly less windy. 2 cool caves

hiking
10 days ago

Nice, windy day for a leisurely hike.

I made it to the chains; my son made it to the window, and because I could not go further he turned around. I am 55 years old and when I started I saw teens, people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s all start with my son and I. They all turned around at the caves and only my son and I made it to the ridge. By the time you make it to the caves it is a dificult hike and I feel great that I made it as far as I did when others turned around. If you think the hike to the caves is tough, it only gets tougher, a lot more difficult until you make it to the ridge. This trail is really for people who are in great shape and/or have hiked or rock climbed in the past. It was very windy with gusts to 35mph or more.

The hike is challenging but well worth the effort, especially if you make it to the ridge. The view is gorgeous and you can see Texas, Mexico and New Mexico very clearly. I useda GoPro to document my trip and that was a worth-while investment.

I can't see taking a dog on this hike unless it is over 40 lbs. and very active. Despite what All Trails says this is not a dog friendly trail.

I compared All Trails app to Kamoot, and so far All Trails seems to be the better app. I went with the Pro version for both products but Kamoot has some very nice features as well.

Back to the trail --
I think the reason this trail is regarded as the hardest is becasue of the initial ascent and then the chains. Along the ridge the hike was moderate and fairly easy if you stay on the trail (the blue markers) but the trail could be marked better.

This is trail is not for beginners. I repeat not for beginners!! You will be tested physically, mentally, and spiritually. Trail takes about 6-10 hours depending on you and/or the group your with. I recommend taking at least one hour of break time and splitting it into 9 five minute breaks and a 15 minute lunch break. Bring plenty of snacks and fruit as this will take a lot of energy out of you. Pack a lunch as well. I recommend eating healthy (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) the night before and getting a good nights rest. Bring a camel pack to store food and water. I would advise you not to start this trail no later than 8am. Sunset is 6:30pm during winter and you don’t want to be caught up in that mountain in the dark. Do not take any pets. You will run the risk of safety for you and your pet. Their paws can get blisters or cut up because of the jagged ridgeline rocks. Also there is a lot of rock climbing involved. This is about 75% trail and 25% rock climbing. Do not take kids with you. This trail offers a lot of scenic views. You will feel a big sense of accomplishment if you complete it. Be sure to wear hiking shoes! You will need the support and grip for your feet! I started at the thousand steps trail and ended all the way at the end of the Ron Coleman trail where the trans mountain side is. This is where the “elephant” looking rock trail is. Used all trails app and was 9.2 miles. Stay on the ridgeline!! Do not hike down the mountain it will slow you down because of cacti and other fauna. I would recommend you do the thousand steps trail and Ron Coleman before attempting this. My buddy had no hiking experience and isn’t fit and did this hike with me. It was his first hike ever and Although he did complete it he pushed his body to the point of exhaustion and starting throwing up towards the end. Good luck!

P.s. take an eternal battery to charge your phone. You will be using a lot of battery if your using the app. I have t mobile and was able to get service up on mountain

hiking
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

Moderately difficult hike. Beautiful views of the area. Started on the south side and made it to the window and went back. Very windy.

Challenging hike, great views. I can't imagine many people actually do this as an out-and-back as suggested by AllTrails. I walked from Transmountain through to McKelligon Canyon, with a quick spur to South Franklin Peak, before getting a ride back to my car. That hike took about 3 hours. I would recommend doing it that way, or turning around at South Franklin Peak and returning to where you started.

Not too difficult, path well indicated, nothing special to see, not much trafics. Toilet available at trailhead.

Fun for beginners and with little ones. Good exercise, a stretch of the legs.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
21 days ago

Really fun trail. Good for those who like to navigate and trail find. We took the trail up to the window and then returned. 4 miles in 3 hours.

mountain biking
24 days ago

Rocky but pretty got discouraged and rode the road

hiking
27 days ago

went looking for the site... did not find it I'll go again. but i loved it the hike was great.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
27 days ago

Good hike up. Our smaller child enjoyed her experience picking up the rocks. She struggled in some of the steeper areas, but made it up in decent time. Definitely recommend a trekking pole or hiking stick for the way down. High ankle boots are needed. Trail is hard to find in areas, but the AllTrails map is nice.

The first part was really steep I really think they need chains on that part. The chains were scary going up but once you know what to expect it's really not too bad.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
28 days ago

We weren’t sure if we were going the right way. Watch out for cacti and ocotillo- but it was fun and enjoyable!

rocky
scramble
1 month ago

I loved it. The walk up I found to be a lot of fun. I went up a way that involved rock scrambling and I loved it. Recommend shoes with really good tread. Going down was more. Difficult as there are spots of loose rock. But worth it for the amazing views.

Excellent hike! the chains are the best part. There are great spots to enjoy views with a snack.

I would reccomend this trail though it is extremely rocky and I suggest wearing ankle supporting shoes such as combat boots or hiking boots the views are very satisfying including multiple views of the east and west sides of el paso do bring lots of water and be aware your surroundings 5 stars from me

hiking
1 month ago

super hard hike but definitely worth it.

Nice views. I would rate this as moderate. My GPS came out to 6.9 miles. The harder part was Upper Sunset, there’s lots of loose rock, be careful coming down. Recommend doing before the summer, there’s no shade.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Buttkicker, but awesome. Did the trail as a morning hike for team PT. Views were excellent all along the ridge and amazing at the top. Wear sunscreen and a hat, there is no shade. Bring water. Can be heavy traffic on nice weekends.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

A decent, exhilarating trail despite using cairns for most of the guidance. If you’re unsure just pull up the app for help. Lots of spikey plants and large rocks so definitely wear ankle support, good treaded shoes, and long pants.

2/3/19 excellent trail. Started from state park and finished at the highway. 2 hours to complete. Very windy and challenging. It has everything a tough hike needs. Take your time on the 3 Chain sections. Each completion will provide incredible views. Took and Uber back to the park.

Well marked trail with some elevation. Went with my daughter, 12 year old granddaughter, and her dog. They completed the trail with no problem. Make sure you take some water - no brainer, but be safe - even on short trails.

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