North Mount Franklin Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Moderate hike. One of the people with me was in his 70's and a geologist which made it interesting as he explained the terrain. There is a lot to see if you keep an eye out. We saw four mule deer watching us as well as squirrels and many birds. At about 3 miles or so there is a bench next to a sign warning of unexploded ordinances. When you're at this spot, look over the hill to the South and you will see a car that someone left there years ago when you could take the dirt road up there. At the top of North Peak there is an old radio tower. Looking south from there you can see The Mammoth and The Ron Coleman trail. We also saw some lady bugs at the very top. This is definitely a must hike in the Franklins.
Pretty fun trail has a lot of forks and places you can go. Nice paved roads too. Make sure you bring a pair of boots. Very rocky but beautiful views
loose rock made it fun. views are gorgeous. needs more climbing.
Definitely a "to do" if you're passing through. 7.6 miles is a little off. I had my watch map it and it was 4.43 miles one way to the summit. Took us about an hour and 45 minutes to reach the summit. The loose rock makes it more challenging than it needs to be but your legs get a good smoking from the walking. Definitely worth taking it all the way to the peak. Bring plenty of water and small snacks. Great views.
Great! Very challenging I've done this hike twice & will definitely be doing it again.
Very hard trail but worth the hike. Beautiful views,lots of wildflowers and cacti.
Good endurance test! Great views the whole way up. Once at the summit, you'll see the true beauty of the Franklin Mountains and surrounding areas. It took me 2 hours to reach the summit. Thats with rests and picture stops. I recommend taking PLENTY of WATER, nutrition snacks, sunblock, comfortable clothes, appropriate footwear, sunglasses, a hat and more WATER!
Awesome work out, ran/hike to the top and ran down. Super views from the top. Definitely recommend!
This is a trip to the top of the highest point in the whole range of the Franklin Mountains. The elevation gain is around 2,400 ft to an altitude of 7,192 ft. For all practical purposes you walk all the way up to the top. At the beginning you can select between two alternative ways that join together in about a mile. Later on you will reach the Mundys Gap and you will be able to see El Paso Texas east and west sides. You also can get to the Gap, and even the North Peak through the rim, by using an alternative trail that goes to the Cottonwood Spring. Once at the top enjoy what you see.
Great hike! Worth the views.
Definitely take the Agave trail up from the parking lot to avoid most of the rocky section at the bottom of this trail. Well worth the hike.
Very rocky at the beginning, I'm glad I decided to wear proper hiking boots. Beautiful views all the way up with a huge payoff at the end (360 degree view at the top).