Ranger Peak Loop Trail [CLOSED]

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Franklin Mountains State Park

Ranger Peak Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, 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: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,656 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

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

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Started off Thousand Steps Trail. Gorgeous view at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

I actually did this hike a couple months ago before they closed it down. It was my second time hiking it. It’s pretty awesome when you get to the top. It was an easy hike. Just disappointed with the vandalism. Come on peeps, take care of our trail!

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

Start off on the Thousands Steps Trail which is simple and gradual until you get to the Ranger Peak area, then it gets technical. I highly recommend not doing the rocky portion of you have a fear of heights or terrible balance. Brought a friend who had a panic attack when we climbed up onto the Ranger Peak Rock. Know your limits.

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Only went up to the little house half way up the summit. Took the 1,000 Step trail down. Just about 3 miles and 2 hours of hiking. Overall a nice local trail.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

This trail takes you to an amazing peak. One of my favorites

Mon May 27 2019

Nice loop trail with great views of the Franklin Mountains and the city of El Paso and Mexico. The trail is difficult to hike in some spots.

hiking
rocky
Mon Jan 28 2019

A fantastic trail! Steeper and rocky but with beautiful views, more than moderate but not difficult to walk, of course with good hiking boots this is less difficult. Once at the top of the mountain the landscape looks wonderful! You will love the amazing 360 degrees view.

hiking
rocky
Sun Jan 27 2019

hiking
Tue Nov 20 2018

This route is rocky and dusty in the lower reaches but gets interesting near the top! A little creepy to visit the shut-down aerial tram station, but we found a shadowy bench to enjoy lunch, my dog took a nap and the bathroom is open, stocked and maintained. Note to dog people: my 55 pound boxer mix managed the “chain-assisted” segments of the hike just fine, but he’s a strong hiker and experienced scrambler. Dogs that are larger, less athletic or more timid will not enjoy the steeper sections.

hiking
Sat Apr 14 2018

The loop portion at the end is confusing due to very slippery rock, intersecting with 3 other trails (1 of which is actually a service access trail) and the tram way construct. All in all a decent outing to be had once but the beginning mile and loop near the tram has very slippery rock that makes it not as enjoyable as it could be.

hiking
Mon Nov 20 2017

Not my favorite hike in El Paso. This trail is challenging and there’s a lot of loose rock; watch your footing. I’m not one for hiking poles or sticks but they would be useful on this trail. Neat bench and sign in book at the peak.

running
Sat Nov 11 2017

Worth repeating this route. great climbs and enough precariousness to keep you on your toes. really cool sign in sheet at the peak.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

recorded Ranger Peak Loop Trail

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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