North Mount Franklin Trail [CLOSED]

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Franklin Mountains State Park

North Mount Franklin Trail is a 7.2 mile heavily 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 is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,408 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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

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fee
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rocky
19 hours ago

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no shade
1 day ago

Trail is open (6/1/2020) and you need daily pass ($5). The hike is 8.3 miles and is a great work out with beautiful views along the way. Make sure to wear hiking shoes with ankle support since there is a lot of rocks on the trail. Note: there is road construction and you will not be able to turn left into the park entrance. Better to drive East to west.

hiking
3 days ago

Open, need to reserve a pass online

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rocky
10 days ago

Great hike. Views at the top are top notch. Very rocky for first 0.50-0.75 miles so make sure to use shoes with ankle support. Well maintained trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Bicicleta de montaña Genial

hiking
2 months ago

It is a nice hike! I think the first 1/4 mile is the worst part, the rest is duable with a nice pace.

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

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fee
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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

After having a eye on this hike I finally am able to check it off. The route we took was almost all trail. We did some scrambling and a lovely cacti attached itself to me, but that was fixed quick. Perfect day, and company. The hike itself is long and there is a great leg workout to be had. If you want to know what is the key to this hike, its proper maintenance for your body. Water and water as it begins to warm up. Great fun trail. as long as you can do the miles and have some endurance you should be fine.

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fee
4 months ago

long hike. I prefer to bundle up a little and go in the winter, as I avoid the Franklins usually from May until September as summer is wicked hot there. This is the best established trail in the Franklins but it's very long and requires a bit of endurance. it's possible to do it in a little under 4 hours if you keep a good walking pace, but any serious stopping will likely make it closer to 5 or even a little more. Bring lots of water!

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muddy
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rocky
snow
4 months ago

Trail is good for most of the way up. Some steep grades here and there. Take a lot of water and food, especially if you do it in the summer. For winter, take warm clothes because it can get 10-20 degrees colder up high, with some strong wind

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

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5 months ago

have done this trail twice already. still cant believe i actually made it all the way up there.

6 months ago

It wasn't hard at all. It's November right now so it was chilly at the end. A bunch of people had walking sticks... you won't need a stick leave it at home. Plenty of beautiful sights I will definitely hike this trail again.

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rocky
6 months ago

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rocky
6 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

This is a beautiful trail, a bit long and steep, rocky in some sections but not hard, I would say that is moderate, It has spectacular views throughout the route, especially at the summit where you will contemplate an incredible landscape in 360 degrees.

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