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.

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rocky
1 day 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.

Fun easy trail.

Short trail. Not my favorite in the park.

Nice, windy day for a leisurely hike.

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
9 days ago

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no shade
rocky
14 days ago

Did it this past Sunday. Walked about 1 hour before it started going up. Last past of trail going towards mine is a bit sketchy to navigate but well worth it. My 13 year daughter made up to the top.

hiking
no shade
14 days ago

great trail. 1st time doing it and loved it. Doing it again in the future. some areas with very loose rock.

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.

Busy trail on a Saturday. Everyone was friendly and courteous. Lots of military hiking with mobility packs. walking the ridge lines avoids the many mountain bikes. Lots of gorgeous flowers today. Recommendation is to hike to the mines on one foot path and take a separate path back. Allow three hours.

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

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no shade
rocky
scramble
washed out
18 days ago

Bring hats and sunscreen. And pay attention so you don’t miss the left turn at around .75 miles in. You need to turn under the power lines and head up a wash for about 300 feet to two pylons. The trail continued up from there.

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

Good solid trail. Directions can be slightly confusing on which is the most direct way to the mines, but AT map is really helpful. Trail that goes directly to the mines from the one level down is hidden/disguised as it's a bif rock step.
Great for first timers as there are multiple and easy side trails and the last leg is great for those who don't mind a bit of a challenge.
Also a great beginning hike for dogs - make sure they have plenty of water!

hiking
19 days ago

The trail starts in a “wash” that is super rocky for the first mile or so. After that it becomes more compact. It’s easy to navigate. And the opening at the GAO has great views of El Paso.

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no shade
rocky
20 days ago

Great little hike to loop 3 and back.

mountain biking
20 days ago

Rocky but pretty got discouraged and rode the road

hiking
23 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
23 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.

hiking
rocky
28 days ago

rocky
scramble
29 days 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.

Nice trail! is short but you can do more then only get to the gap.

Did this hike today from the West-side. We parked a car at Chuck Heinrich park instead of going back across the mountain. We veered off a little on Trenchtown and came back to the main trail on Lazy Cow. Our GPS was close to 8 miles. Rocky in some areas, but beautiful views. One day we will make the longer hike and go back over the mountain but definitely not in the summer.

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

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no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Easy to follow many little trials that branch out off the main trail. Pretty and nice place for meditation

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.

no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Very nice hike! The beginning has lose rocks, needs stairs or railing in that section. Difficult coming down to get back to your vehicle.

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