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Thousand Steps Trail

HARD 78 reviews

Thousand Steps Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,423 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Hike from N. Stanton St to the Wyler Aerial Tramway and Ranger Peak. From the parking area, climb the road to the water tank. Follow the trail east from the tank and up hill. The trail will turn right around the arroyo, then right again and downhill. The trail will continue on the road around a left curve. DO NOT take the trail going uphill to the poles. At a 4 way intersection at 0.8 miles look for a narrow trail on the left that proceeds straight up the spur to a rock house far up the spur. Follow that trail up to the rock house. At the rock house, go to the left around the rock house, then find the trail continuing up the spur. At 1.45 miles you come to a fork joining the Wyler Ridgeline Trail #1. Take the fork right to get to the tramway. Return via reverse route.

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
washed out
21 days ago

Bring hats and sunscreen. And pay attention so you don’t miss the left turn at around .75 miles in. You need to turn under the power lines and head up a wash for about 300 feet to two pylons. The trail continued up from there.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Very nice hike! The beginning has lose rocks, needs stairs or railing in that section. Difficult coming down to get back to your vehicle.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This wasn’t the most scenic hike but definitely technical with lots of rocks uphill. Good if you want some exercise. The stone buildings (there were 2) are nice rest spots. Took me about 3 hours due to losing the trail every so often. No markings but follow the rock steps and use the all trails map with gps!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views! Toughest part was to ascend and descend the loose rocks at the beginning.

6 months ago

Lots of loose rock from recent rain

hiking
6 months ago

This is the second time I've hiked this trail. So beautiful at sunrise, just remember a light of some sort! a few challenging spots but just take it slow there and you'll be good!

We parked at Camelot Estates and it was exactly 3 miles to the first little rock house and back.

7 months ago

Moderate hike for me. The views up there are breathtaking. I came on a Thursday were they said it was close but they are always upen for hikes. The store is the one closed.
First time in El Paso but I loved it

7 months ago

Extremely beautiful views. New to the area, first trail hiked here. Great work out. I loved using the metal chains to climb up and down seemingly impassible rock formations. Not for children.

10 months ago

This trail was very well marked and easy to follow. Lots of stairlike formations which makes it a little easier just tough on the knees.

hiking
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Second time doing this trail this time early morning to get to the top to watch the sunrise. It’s a tough hike and definitely some challenging spots. Sections that are steep and have loose rocks.

hiking
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Very hard trail. The last section is especially hard, very steep. Very nice views.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

underwhelmed expected it to be more of a challenge.

hiking
Monday, November 20, 2017

Not my favorite hike in El Paso. This trail is challenging and not well marked. As you get to the stone building the trail is steep and there’s a lot of loose rock; watch your footing. We continued onto Ranger Peak Loop. I’m not one for hiking poles or sticks but they would be useful on this trail. The views are excellent!

trail running
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Really fantastic trail. some runnable sections with many hiking or scrambling areas. Ranger station at the top has a bathroom too. Great views!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Fun hike

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A fun climb and some beautiful views

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great trail. Done it a couple times. About 1800 feet of climb. View is worth it and you can rest and get snacks at the ranger station at the top.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Great view!!! Last 1/2 mile is killer!

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Great workout going up the last 1/2 mile or so to the top.

Monday, April 10, 2017

it's worth the effort. great views and a little piece of History

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Nice day. top half can be tough. weather dependant.

trail running
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Awesome trail. Challenging.

hiking
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pretty easy little hike/run. Got to the very top in about my 45 mins. Lots of loose rock to jack an ankle up so watch your step.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

:)

Friday, March 18, 2016

steep but worth the trip bring lots of water

Monday, January 25, 2016

Done this trail numerous times it's easy and close to home. Definitely a little harder as you get to the steps. Make sure you have plenty of time to come back down. Last time we went out too late took us 2 hours to get to the top (with my dog and friends) and we realized it was going to be too dark by the time we got down so we convinced the Rangers to let us take the tram down with my dog--which isn't allowed for some reason but they let us! Take a lot of water! And again long socks or pants are best

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

It was pretty fun when I did it in the snow ☃❄️

cross country skiing
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fun trail, nice views

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