Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Great short trail with a good amount of ascending. The first section is so so, as it’s all loose rocks ranging from golf ball to base ball size. After the loose section you have dirt and is very enjoyable. Top views are amazing. You get both east and west perspectives. I banged out the ascend solo in 34 min with a light pack. Will do again. #WarchuckApproved.

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!

the hike is quite boring, but the mine at the end is worth the trip

mountain biking
28 days ago

Gnarly and fun

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.

Took my dogs on the trail. They loved it. No shade so they did get quite a bit thirsty. 10/10 would walk my dogs again.

It was a nice trail. Easy to follow a bit rocky but I wouldn’t rate this trail as difficult more moderate. Lizards galore it was a nice sight

really fun trail to take the kids on.

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!

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.

walking
2 months ago

Good trail to walk your pups and get some energy out

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.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

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

Fav trail so far

on El Paso Tin Mines Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Take a flash light for the mine.
Easy hike, last 1/4 mile is steep-intermediate.

This trail was a great scenic climb! Not much hiking until you get closer to the mine. The mine was amazing, tons of little openings to go through . Picture worthy! Although its super dark and our phone’s flashlight wasn’t the best! But the trail was easy to find and so was the mine!

Just follow the trail, no instructions needed. It's long but worth it. Pics can't do justice!

Beautiful

Nice easy walk. The elevation climb is very gradual. Take a hat as there is zero shade on this trail in the morning and early afternoon

It’s a good climb , but wasn’t happy about all the stupid Graffiti it’s just a shame that some people can’t just enjoy the place ☹️

hiking
4 months ago

Easy and beatifull scenery of the mountains and the mines just amazing to go in and explore. Loved it !!!

Always enjoy doing this hike! Hike to first tin mine took about 2 hours, the hike back to the park from that point took 1 hour. The trails are pretty simple to follow, did it without this App and still was able to find the mine!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail with some very good views of the Franklin Mountains and of very nice wildflowers.

hiking
4 months ago

Hard trail but well worth the hike. Beautiful views form the top.

Very nice but fairly difficult trail. Lots of uphill climbs. Very good views of the Franklin Mountains and the valley below.

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