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
2 days ago

Awesome hike but very challenging! The first 15mins of the hike is mainly on big, loose gravel. Followed by a nice shallower path. To get to the division of Tin Mines and North Franklin took me 45mins with a good tempo. From there the trail got very narrow and rocky...took me an hour to get to the top. The view is awesome! I like that this trail brings you on both sides of the mountains before leading to the top. Worth the hike but very difficult.

hiking
8 days ago

The best way to approach this trail is from Mckellington Canyon to Smuggler’s Pass. Park two cars, one at smuggler’s and start at Mckellington. From the Mckellington Canyon side, you’ll see that the trails is marked with blue dots on rocks and you’ll go up all the chain sections which is safer. Once you’re pass the Window, just take the trail towards the South Franklin Mountain (the peak with all the satellite towers). You’ll skirt around the peak of South Franklin Mountain and cross the saddle. If you want to summit South Franklin peak, this is a good point because it is only 0.2 miles to the summit. Looks for blue dots going down towards trans mountain road.

The confusion with many of the reviews is from those approaching the Ron Coleman from smuggler’s Pass. There are many trails headed toward Elephant’s Trunk and Elephant’s Rock. Don’t take those. If you are approach from smuggler’s Pass, take the trail that goes up a wash between South Franklin and elephant trunk. But I suggest approaching this trail from the route I mentioned above.

Happy Trails

I like to walk this trail after work in the morning El Paso was lucky to have such a pretty trail. Right now the desert Willows are in bloom and are very showy. Like anything in the desert go early or you will be hot!

This was definitely a rough hike. Most of the time we were not on a trail. We were able to see the flags and we just kept climbing upward. After the B-36 site we headed on up but it was very tough with the rocks sliding. Once at the top we were able to come down the other side from ranger peak and 1000 step trail. Way easier cause there was at least a trail to follow.

A hard hike is an understatement. We started from Trans Mountain and went up to the “Elephant” and then skirted the the top rim to come down. There is no definitive trail to go up or down so we just sort of made our own. Very loose rock and dirt and I was so glad when we got to the top. Beautiful views once at the top bit today was extremely windy. Didn’t make it to the chain section as we were not sure which direction to go so maybe for another day.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail, can be difficult at times to find the path.

Took my dogs out on an easy walk. No shade and not real busy but worth a walk. My dogs had a great time with this walk.

Tough!

Steep and rocky hike but worth the views. I wouldn’t recommend in the summer since there’s no shade. Definitely worth it, the highest point in El Paso. Lots of cholla cacti near the peak.

hiking
1 month ago

Not for people with knee problems.

hiking
1 month ago

Man this was a hard trek!! We fell off the trail multiple times and just ended up creating our own path for most of the way up, thanks for the amazing rock formations that kept us on the trail at the start! Amazing views the entire way but was definitely challenging! Everything pokes ya and there’s nothing to hold on to when climbing the rocks that won’t hurt haha! We loved it though and it felt amazing to finish it when I wanted to give up because of the heat!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my coolest hikes with my kids to this date. its a hard hike for kiddos 7 and 8, but if they like to explore... a scratch and bruce its treasure.

hiking
2 months ago

this is thus far the most challenging trail i have been on. i struggled finding the trail until i started using the app. thank you to those who build the rock formations. i wouldnt recommend kids or dogs, but not all kids are equal. read up on it before you go. https://www.google.com/amp/s/davetzold.com/2012/07/08/b-36-crash-franklin-mountains-1953/amp/

awesome hike, definitely recommend this.

Very easy to get off course. If you’re like us, you’ll take the first right which will eventually lead you into a gravel valley area. We went right up the crevasse (instead of out, like I believe was intended). We tracked it using the app and made our way back out to the normal trail but not before some rock climbing through mild vegetation. Either way, it was very cool and the views were great. Might be harder for small children due to the intense climb back up the hill at the end.

Paved all the way up. Was great for biking, running, and training (we filled out packs with weights). The views aren’t as spectacular as some other trails of the same length but it was still cool!

hiking
2 months ago

Is too easy

Is too easy

We are beginner hikers with four small children (ages 4, 3, 2 and 1). This trail was definitely difficult for us, but the view at the top was breathtaking and we made it to the end!

hiking
2 months ago

So glad I got the opportunity to complete this hike. Everything on this hike was designed by nature to hurt you. Pokey, stabby plants, extremely coarse lava rocks, snakes, and rocks ready to fall on you. Do not take small children on this hike, I would not recommend taking a dog either as you will end up carrying it. Trail is almost impossible to follow without the app. Very somber experience to see the debris field and the impact site.

hiking
3 months ago

My first time doing Hiking! I finish it all, the view is amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Be sure to stay on the trail for a hard but much easier than veering off the path time. Adults and young children can handle sticking on the blue trail if time is taken for proper footing. Nice views at the top and the mirror isn’t far from the first major top.

Initial ascend on the upper loop is a little difficult but over all it’s a great trail at Franklin mountain state park. A friend and I got curious and wondered off the trail to the top of a Mesa - led to a great view but at the expense of plenty of cacti scratches and wounds due to going off the planned trails. Easy day hike or warmup for Smugglers Pass Loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, definitely hard. This is our first time in this trail and we went up to Mounmoth following the trail. We saw varios groups going up through the middle. We came back down the middle and I will not recommend going up that way since the rocks are way too loose. Plus the view using the trail is breathtaking.
Hiking boots and water is a must. Some areas don’t seem bad, but some areas you are literally crawling/climbing up.
Great hike with awesome views. Next time we will do the whole trail to McKelligon Canyon.

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.

Amazing views!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

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.

3 months ago

very nice hike.

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