Explore the most popular trail running 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.

mountain biking
1 day ago

Gnarly and fun

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.

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.

The trail is challenging but coming down on the Wyler tramway was amazing!!! Great last Sunday hike

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!

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

Second time doing this trail this time early morning to get to the top to watch the sunrise. It’s a tough hike and definitely some challenging spots. Sections that are steep and have loose rocks.

really fun trail to take the kids on.

hiking
1 month 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/

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.

Definitely not easy. I personally wouldn’t take young kids or pets unless you’ve all hiked a hard trail before. That being said it was challenging and definitely one of the coolest hikes I’ve done yet. For first timers I would suggest going to the Last Sunday Hike that Wyler does for free at the end of every month.

Nice and fairly easy trail. I only logged 11 miles for this trail though and we did the entire route it shows(so dont know what happened). Great areas to go off trail and do some extra little climbs with some beautiful views with the rocks. Definitely a must do trail.

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
1 month 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.

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

It's an easy and beautiful trail!

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.

hiking
2 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.

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
2 months ago

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

very nice hike.

hiking
2 months 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.

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

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

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

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