Gilbert's Trail (The Southside) [CLOSED]

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Franklin Mountains State Park

Gilbert's Trail (The Southside) is a 5.5 mile 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 521 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

Wed Sep 06 2017

I've done this several times, watch for dog poop everywhere. on weekends lots of bikers early in the morning.

Tue Jul 04 2017

Good trail, a lot of bike riders.

Fri Sep 30 2016

In response to another review....yes there are a bunch of loose rocks...welcome to the desert! Yes I wish we had trails that were smooth with some Aspen trees but being in El Paso we adjust to what is available. This trail was not too bad. In fact it was my favorite trail to mountain bike so far in El Paso. Nice twists and turns. Only a few difficult areas where I had to walk my bike. But there were some nice, speedy areas.

Sat Aug 20 2016

great walk with the dogs!

hiking
Mon Feb 10 2014

I hiked part of this about 10 years ago, never knew its name. It is a nice area.

mountain biking
Tue Jun 11 2013

I was not a fan of this trail for biking. First, the app's driving directions leads you to a newly installed gate for a private new development. We didn't know the area to try to find another entrance so we just parked down the street and hopped the small brick wall. The trail itself is full of loose rocks that slip and slide everywhere, making biking for even someone on an intermediate level very frustrating. It'd be best left to advanced bikers or better yet, for hiking. It's a good long walk with lots of hills through vicious thorn bushes and cactus. We became so annoyed with fighting the rocks that we ended up stashing our bikes near the trail and hiked up to the top one of the mountains. At least the scenery was very pretty at the top, especially as the sun set.

mountain biking
Fri Jun 01 2012

This is an excellent trail! For an avid mountain biker like myself I find it rather enjoyable. Some small portions can be a little difficult for the unexperienced biker. It's in snake country, so come prepared with a first aid kit.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

hiking
Mon May 06 2019

recorded nice afternoon home

hiking
Sun Feb 25 2018

hiking
Sun Jul 02 2017

running
Sun Oct 09 2016

running
Sat Oct 08 2016

mountain biking
Tue Mar 15 2016

mountain biking
Sun Mar 13 2016

mountain biking
Fri Sep 04 2015