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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.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 639 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

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Getting There

Advanced day pass reservations required; face coverings recommended; gathering of groups larger than five people are not allowed, except for families or people living in the same household; maintain six-foot social distancing. Visitors should check the Texas State Parks Alert Map regularly for the latest status of parks. 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.

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.

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Lisa Widmer
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HikingOver grownScramble

Early am hike to beat the PHX temps. Today we seen a couple hikers and no bikers. Its going to be warm days so hit this trail, mostly shaded early as the sun rises and come on back to enjoy a little warmpth before soaring temps.

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Arnoldo Gomez
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Great trail, do it early, bring plenty of water and cap or hat. Get out and Hike!

Suzannah Morrison
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Good trail, but lots of connection trails. These trails can lead to some confusion on where the trail actually is located. No shade, so bring plenty of water.

Patricia Rall
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Typical El Paso trail, rocky with no shade. The poppies were beautiful and nice views from the top.

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Cynthia Garcia
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HikingFeeNo shadeRocky

Really beautiful right now with all the poppies

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McGuire Bennett
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Mountain biking

I went through the back side. Absolutely my favorite trail thus far. So fun. Check it out. I’m just starting out and was able to handle it with the climbs.

Lisa Widmer
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HikingNo shade

Great day to take a stroll with good company. This trai interconnects in many. places which allows different levels of difficulty. This is why it's called the maze, but you cannot really get lost since it leads back to the same place. It's always a wonder what to bring as far as warmth layers in this goofy El Paso weather.

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Justin Higgins
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HikingRocky
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CT Sheets
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Running

This is a good scenic trail run that you can go up cardia hill, although it’s not really on the route. Use the Mac because it can be easy to get off route and heading in a different direction. It’s a good run, a lot of wildlife and some good views of West EP.

Jorge Carrillo
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky

The only difference that I did this time was that at the mile 1.5 I climbed the Cardiac Hill on a not defined trail, arrived to the same trailhead, made a loop walking by the old mine road and returned on the same trail on the small hills. Although there is no defined trail to climb the Cardiac Hill, this is not a difficult task and it’s worth it, you will find nice rock formations at the top with nice views.

Rogelio Myres
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Hiking

Cub Scout hike Pack 201 Had fun will do it again

Jennifer B.
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Hiking

Cub Scout Hike and Scavenger Hunt

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Renee Fultz
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Hiking

enjoyed the rocky terrain! used to hike with my dog, but this time it was just me! :-) very peaceful and came across others enjoying themselves. all around good time.

Elena Sroka
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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.

Sonny Carlos
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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.

Jean-Claude Linossi
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Hiking

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

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

Kaylynn Cain
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Hiking
Patricia Downs
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Hiking

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.

Jennifer Nelson
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Hiking

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

Jorge Carrillo
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Hiking

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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