Maze-Cardiac Hill Loop Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews
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Maze-Cardiac Hill Loop Trail is a 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
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
639 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This is a moderate walk that uses two different trails in the middle of the beautiful desert. To get to the trailhead, take US-54 on direction to Alamogordo. Exit on Kenworthy St. Turn to your left to the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Then, turn to your left on the Jon Cunningham Blvd. Straight ahead you will find a big city park where you can leave your car. To access the Franklin Mountains State Park, just climb the big water contention ditch and go left. When you reach the park entrance you will be in the Old Tin Mine Trail Road. Be alert because not very far from there you will see the sign for The Maze Trail. You will follow the Maze Trail that runs kind of parallel with the Old Tin Mine Road. In about 2.3 miles, this trail merge with the Cardiac Hill Trail. Follow the Cardiac Hill Trail to the right. Ahead you will find a junction on the trail. Go to your left. Keep going until you reach a dirt road. That road is the Blue Moon Road and it marks the end of your walk. You will see a sign for the Cardiac Hill Trail there. Time to go back by using the same trail until you reach the place where The Maze and the Cardiac Hill Trail meet. This time follow the Cardiac Hill Trail by going straight ahead. At the end of the trail you will reach the entrance of the park where your journey started.

3 months ago

Hiked the old tin mine trail into the mountains and returned to starting spot via the cardiac hill trail. Nice easily marked trail. Round trip was about 5 miles.

6 months ago

I went for a run on this trail. it's was nice, however pretty rocky and hard to run on. I would recommend biking this trail. would be a fun easy ride.

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7 months ago

Very nice hike in the Franklins. Not too difficult and nice scenery.

9 months ago

easy hike, morning is better even in the fall the heat catches up.
great scenery. shared with bikers. lots of rocky spots.

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10 months ago

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Be sure to wear hiking boots. Big, sharp rocks were frequent on this trail, which damaged my walking shoes. The path is narrow. Depending on the size of your dog, might be easier to use a long leash instead of a short one.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Cardiac Hill is by far my favorite trail in the Franklin Mountains. I hike it several times each year.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

To get to the trailhead of this nice place, take US-54 on direction to Alamogordo. Exit on Kenworthy St. Turn to your left to the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Then, turn to your left on the Jon Cunningham Blvd. Straight ahead you will find a big city park where you can leave your car. To access the Franklin Mountains State Park, just climb the big water contention ditch and go left. When you reach the park entrance you will be in the Old Tin Mine Trail Road. Be alert because not very far from there you will see the sign for The Maze Trail. You will follow The Maze Trail that runs kind of parallel with the Old Tin Mine Road. In about 2.3 miles, this trail merge with the Cardiac Hill Trail. Follow the Cardiac Hill Trail to the right. Ahead you will find a junction on the trail. Go to your left. Keep going until you reach a dirt road. That road is the Blue Moon Road and it marks the end of your walk. You will see a sign for the Cardiac Hill Trail there. Time to go back by using the same trail until you reach the place where The Maze and the Cardiac Hill Trail meet. This time follow the Cardiac Hill Trail by going straight ahead. At the end of the trail you will reach the entrance of the park where your journey started. This is a moderate walk that uses two different trails in the middle of the beautiful desert near El Paso Texas. We need to mention that these trails are not shown on the map, but they are there, and are visited by bikers and hikers.

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