Cottonwood Spring Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews

Cottonwood Spring Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
787 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

3 months ago

It's so beautiful here!! love this trail

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3 months ago

At the start of the trail, you turn right (left is Mundy trail), and from there on out you can choose either direction because they take you to the same place, the glider take off. Great for resting, eating, views, you name it. From then take the left trail (will merge with Mundy trail again) and follow the signs. It will all loop back to the beginning. One of my favorite hikes so far!

3 months ago

Loved the cottonwood spring. Perfect for a picnic! The area where the trees and the spring is are so gorgeous. Will be back again. Definitely take the Agave loop instead of the rocks

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4 months ago

Just beautiful and peaceful place. Well marked trail just be careful with all the loose rock but the views are amazing ...had an awesome birthday hike and lunch at the spring with my son.Can't wait to go back

4 months ago

My group parked at the trail head, proceeded up the main trail to the first junction. We followed the trail to the right. I believe they call that portion the Aguave loop, theres a hang glider launch area that is marked along the trail. The trail is easy enough to follow, after the launching area you'll begin another moderate incline, up slope will be to your right and as you round the mountain you'll see a very small canyon and you'll see a large tree and two very distinct rock out crops. Cottonwood Spring is tucked back in the vegatation. You'll find good photo opportunities in a tree shaded alcove in the rock a few feet up from the spring and those distinct rock out crops. My party took a water break here. From here you can make the ridge line very quickly, its more of a path than a trail, but it you're wanting to summit North Mount, I think its the most rewarding route.

8 months ago

You will most likely get lost, there’s a fork that takes you to this trial or to Mundy’s gap trail that eventually connects back. Just stay to the right, they all go the same way anyways

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9 months ago

This route is a great, more scenic alternative to the trail to West Cottonwood marked on the park map. Can't wait to go back!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Nice easy trail leading to a small spring on the side of the mountain, The spring is shaded by some cottonwood trees and other small trees.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

This trail is located inside the Tom Mays unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. It is an out-and-back moderated trail alternative to the original Mundy's Gap trail that branches to the spring. It is part of the Franklin Mountains Loop, but instead of going by Mundy's Gap, you return by the same hillside trail, many people use this trail to visit the Cottonwood Spring area. The trail is not shown on the maps. It starts at the same place of the Mundy's Gap, there is also a trailhead named West Cottonwood Trail at this point. You go to your right and in about 0.2 miles you will find the new trail to your left. At about 0.7 of a mile there is an intersection of two trails, take the trail to your right. You will be climbing up by the hillside of the mountain most of the time until you reach the canyon where you will see the Cottonwood Spring. There, you have to go down a little bit and then climb up to the spring. You will find the small spring with a few beautiful cottonwood trees that provide a very nice shadow. This is an ideal place to spend some time with the family because the elevation gain is less than 800 feet and the round trip is about 3 miles. The peak season for this place is in Summer.

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recorded Cottonwood Spring Trail

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