North Mount Franklin Trail

HARD 69 reviews

North Mount Franklin Trail is a 7.2 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.

7.2 miles
2408 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers



3 days ago

Difficult hike but the view is breathtaking and worth it

30 days ago

Awesome hike but very challenging! The first 15mins of the hike is mainly on big, loose gravel. Followed by a nice shallower path. To get to the division of Tin Mines and North Franklin took me 45mins with a good tempo. From there the trail got very narrow and rocky...took me an hour to get to the top. The view is awesome! I like that this trail brings you on both sides of the mountains before leading to the top. Worth the hike but very difficult.

2 months ago

Steep and rocky hike but worth the views. I wouldn’t recommend in the summer since there’s no shade. Definitely worth it, the highest point in El Paso. Lots of cholla cacti near the peak.

4 months ago

This is definitely a trail not for beginners. Lots of loose rocks and alot of inclines. But an absolutely beautiful view at the end and it was worth the hike.

4 months ago

very nice hike.

4 months ago

Great hike. Wearing hiking boots would not be a bad idea. It is easy to twist an ankle on a few points on the trail

4 months ago

Love this trail! My husband and I did it with our dog! Was pretty windy but the views were incredible. We even saw a deer on the mountain. Definitely worth the hike. Long hike but not too challenging terrain wise

4 months ago

Cruises up the main trail in 1 hour 40 mins.
Took the shortcut straight down the side, in 55 mins. (Only recommended for athletic people) Was a good time.
I recommend hiking the highest point in El Paso.

5 months ago

This hike is everything in one. It goes from easy to hard to easy again but worth doing the peak it's just amazing and you get to do the other trails on the same day. It's long so bring enough water and snacks. What an adventure !!!

5 months ago

Depending on your fitness level this could be an extremely challenging hike or a decent trail run. If you're a klutz like me, it's better to wear ankle high hiking shoes, since you have to walk over large rock fields at various points; it'd be easy to twist an ankle. If you get cold easily, bring a jacket since you'll likely be in the shade in at least one side of the mountain with a fair amount of wind gusts. I didn't find hiking poles necessary at any point.

Note-- there's a few ways to get to the trail from the parking lot, which might explain why Zach found a one-way trip of over 4 miles. The trailhead that matches to the map starts on the path to the left of the sign in the parking lot; my Suunto Ambit3 watch pegged it at 7.6 miles.

5 months ago

Hard trail to the top. The first part is not too bad . The views from the top are incredible. I'm glad that I did it once.

6 months ago

fun trial very well marked.

7 months ago

Awesome hike! The view at the top of the mountain is beautiful. Great Spot for picnic date!

8 months ago

It’s all on rock or gravel, gradual incline so it wasn’t bad

8 months ago

Awesome hike!

8 months ago

Tiring and challenging hike. It's awesome!

8 months ago

Great scenery and a nice challenge!!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Great trail, not too hard. Deff recommend ankle support.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Pretty good hike. the initial hike has alot of ankle breakers but the rest of the trail is great.

Monday, March 06, 2017

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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

loose rock made it fun. views are gorgeous. needs more climbing.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

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.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Great! Very challenging I've done this hike twice & will definitely be doing it again.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Very hard trail but worth the hike. Beautiful views,lots of wildflowers and cacti.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

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!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Awesome work out, ran/hike to the top and ran down. Super views from the top. Definitely recommend!

Saturday, August 06, 2016


Monday, May 30, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Great hike! Worth the views.

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