Franklin Mountains Loop [CLOSED]

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Franklin Mountains State Park

Franklin Mountains Loop is a 5.5 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.5 km Elevation Gain: 292 m Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

closed

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 old mine, the bridge, Mundys Gap and West Cottonwood Spring. Follow the main trail. At 0.58 miles there is a junction. Follow the main trail left. At 1.22 miles there is a wooden bridge. At 1.68 miles you arrive at Mundys Gap. From the benches, study the ridgeline south. Find a narrow trail marked with rocks at the entrance following the ridgeline. Take that trail. At 1.85 miles find a trail that leaves the ridgeline right and downhill. Follow the trail downhill to West Cottonwood Spring at 2.0 miles. Follow the trail downhill from the spring. At 2.24 miles you come to the trail junction again. Look carefully for a narrow trail entrance to the left. Follow this trail south up the slope for about 30 feet, then turn almost due west. Do not take the downhill slope. At 2.58 the trail will fork. Follow the narrow trail to the left around the hilltop, and across to the next hilltop west. You should pass a bench on that hilltop. Follow the main trail down and north to end on the main trail near the parking lot.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

I would consider this trail harder than moderate. The first part up to the gap is up up up over a mostly rocky path. The connecting trail at the gap is the narrow path going up to the right. It is also very rocky and it’s easy to lose the trail. I enjoyed the last third the most. It was downhill on a dirt path and very fragrant. Bring poles and keep your eye on the trail map and you should do okay.

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3 months ago

Perfect 4 mile hiking trail on this Saturday morning. Perfect weather. Definitely coming back again.

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fee
rocky
6 months ago

Fantastic intermediate trail. Overall very easy to follow throughout the loop. Park is too pricey in my opinion at $5 per adult.

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no shade
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scramble
8 months ago

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off trail
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9 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

Nice but could use some nice signage, got off trail a few times

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Sat May 25 2019

I have done this trail several times and I always enjoy it a lot. Today was a sunny day but the fresh air helped us to have an excellent trek..

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Fri Jan 04 2019

The wooden bridge in the description was washed out over 10 years ago. Probably in the flood of 2006.

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Sat Aug 04 2018

This is a nice trail that starts at the West Cottonwood Trailhead. It takes you to an area of trees and a small spring that it is more showy in the rainy season. From this area you start to walk by the steepest section of the trail, then you reach the rim of the mountain from were you have a beautiful view of the Franklin Mountains and the city of El Paso.

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Thu Dec 21 2017

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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Mon Sep 11 2017

The view from the ridge-line above the cottonwoods is much better than from the lookout at Mundy's Gap. It's also a lot less crowded. A wonderful alternative to the somewhat monotonous 'jeep trail' leading to Mundy's Gap. The climb from west cottonwood to the ridge line is the hardest part of the hike, but all in all, it wasn't difficult at all. Make sure your shoes have good ankle support... lots of big, chunky rocks on this trail.

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Mon Oct 31 2016

Very nice trail, I visited with my granddaughter and was not difficult to hike. The loop trail starts to the right just passing the entrance of the West Cottonwood Trail. You continue on the trail climbing the hill. At about 0.7 of a mile there is an intersection with a trail that connects to the West Cottonwood Trail, we took the trail to our right climbing the hill. We continued on this trail around the hillside until we reached the West Cottonwood Spring at about the mile 1.6. The trail on the hillside, with some rocky sections, is well marked, and with care, easy to walk. Although is not shown on the map, the trail on the hillside is there and is frequently used. We stopped for a while at the nice Cottonwood Spring area, with trees, plants and a small arroyo. We climbed the rock hill and at the top we enjoyed the beautiful views. Then we continued on the trail to our left climbing the mountain until we reached the ridge, then we turned to our left to reach the Mundy's Gap at about the mile 2. After contemplating the east side of El Paso, sitting on the bench, we returned on the Mundy's Gap Trail to the West Cottonwood Trail entrance were we started.

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Wed Jun 25 2014

I didn't hike 15 miles, but this was a great climb and the view was awesome

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Tue Feb 08 2011

AWSOME.

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4 months ago

recorded NF - Sep 30, 11:02 AM

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