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B-36 Crash Hike is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,069 feet Route Type: Loop

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This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Hike to the 1953 B-36D crash site From the parking area, climb the road to the water tank. Follow the trail east from the tank and up hill. The trail will turn right around the arroyo, then right again and downhill. When the trail turns left, look for a large rock on the right (west) of the trail. This is waypoint W-1 (N 31.80579 W 106.49340). Turn left (east) and follow the arroyo up. When the arroyo splits, follow the left side. You will return down the right side. See photo one. The red trail is up. The blue trail is down. The yellow circles are rock out-crops used as markers. The major wreckage is at the south (right) rock outcrop at N 31.80662 W 106.48733.

hiking
rocky
11 days ago

There is no clear trail per se. To find the crash site, you have to look around a bit. But it is there and is a great experience to see. Definitely wear hiking boots, bring lots of water, and be aware of cactus and other prickly vegetation.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This trail isn’t much of an actual trail, you’re basically finding the path of least resistance up the mountain. That being said, previous visitors have left helpful rock cairns to guide the way. It’s a lot of climbing, scrambling and picking your way. There are times you’ll like be on all fours. And the last 50 yards from the wreckage to the top of the mountain are the hardest. That being said, this is my favorite hike. You’ll feel so accomplished and be rewarded with amazing views. I’d recommend going over the top of the mountain and taking the thousand steps trail back down, rather than trying to go back down the way you came. This will take you 2-3 hours depending on how fast you are and how many breaks you take.

walking
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rocky
2 months ago

Easy at first however, once the incline starts towards the turnaround point. It becomes specially challenging. I love it!

hiking
bugs
no shade
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rocky
2 months ago

I love this trails, especially since there are several ways to get to the B36 crash site, once you get there, there is a huge rock you can climb on and have an amazing view and even rest for a while, of you keep hiking up, there’s another big rock you can climb as well. The directissimo trail connects with this aide of the mountain at the top, and the view is just amazing

no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Good 3-4hour outing in the fresh month of January.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

The phrase “off the beaten path” definitely applies to this trail. I’d be pretty wary of bringing kids or dogs. Nice views and little monument when you finally get to the top.

hiking
fee
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

The second half of the trail is very rocky and not marked super clearly in a lot of portions, but as long as you keep heading up the gully you’ll eventually start running into some of the aircraft parts that were left.

hiking
no shade
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rocky
7 months ago

This is a somewhat difficult, rocky and undefined path, but it is worth visiting this place and seeing parts of the plane that crashed here. I decided to continue climbing to the viewpoint that is next to the Ranger Peak Loop and return by the Thousand Steps Trail, it was a gratifying experience!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
8 months ago

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