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rocky
10 hours ago

Very easy at the beginning, pretty flat. There were poppy flowers in some places. There isn’t shade and it is a bit of a long walk so make sure you’re prepared with plenty of water. When you get closer to the mines the trail is not as easy to find and gets steep. We ended up passing the entrance and only saw the metal grate...

walking
10 hours ago

Easy trail but a good workout with the hills. Saw people of all ages and a lot of dogs. Very nicely kept, the whole thing is paved with rest areas at the top.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

My family and I hiked it today. Took an hour at our pace. Not too many people. This is the main access to the longer biking trails so be alert for bikers on the descent. Fun hike for us. Ascent leaves your blood pumping at the end. Good time for us.

Fun easy trail.

mountain biking
2 days ago

Love Mad Cow!

mountain biking
3 days ago

Very loose gravel in some areas, be careful.

Short trail. Not my favorite in the park.

so very windy! a great scramble. The map at the trailhead says 7 miles round trip but it is more like 5 if you stay on the trail, 4 if you scramble. Dog friendly but I wouldnt bring my 30lb terrier unless there was significantly less windy. 2 cool caves

Nice, windy day for a leisurely hike.

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

I went on a solo hike, but chose the wrong time considering it was due to rain in about an hour. With that being said, I didn't finish but did about 2 miles into the loop. There was no one on the trail, but I was able to enjoy the silence & nature more. I'll be back to finish!

I made it to the chains; my son made it to the window, and because I could not go further he turned around. I am 55 years old and when I started I saw teens, people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s all start with my son and I. They all turned around at the caves and only my son and I made it to the ridge. By the time you make it to the caves it is a dificult hike and I feel great that I made it as far as I did when others turned around. If you think the hike to the caves is tough, it only gets tougher, a lot more difficult until you make it to the ridge. This trail is really for people who are in great shape and/or have hiked or rock climbed in the past. It was very windy with gusts to 35mph or more.

The hike is challenging but well worth the effort, especially if you make it to the ridge. The view is gorgeous and you can see Texas, Mexico and New Mexico very clearly. I useda GoPro to document my trip and that was a worth-while investment.

I can't see taking a dog on this hike unless it is over 40 lbs. and very active. Despite what All Trails says this is not a dog friendly trail.

I compared All Trails app to Kamoot, and so far All Trails seems to be the better app. I went with the Pro version for both products but Kamoot has some very nice features as well.

Back to the trail --
I think the reason this trail is regarded as the hardest is becasue of the initial ascent and then the chains. Along the ridge the hike was moderate and fairly easy if you stay on the trail (the blue markers) but the trail could be marked better.

This is trail is not for beginners. I repeat not for beginners!! You will be tested physically, mentally, and spiritually. Trail takes about 6-10 hours depending on you and/or the group your with. I recommend taking at least one hour of break time and splitting it into 9 five minute breaks and a 15 minute lunch break. Bring plenty of snacks and fruit as this will take a lot of energy out of you. Pack a lunch as well. I recommend eating healthy (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) the night before and getting a good nights rest. Bring a camel pack to store food and water. I would advise you not to start this trail no later than 8am. Sunset is 6:30pm during winter and you don’t want to be caught up in that mountain in the dark. Do not take any pets. You will run the risk of safety for you and your pet. Their paws can get blisters or cut up because of the jagged ridgeline rocks. Also there is a lot of rock climbing involved. This is about 75% trail and 25% rock climbing. Do not take kids with you. This trail offers a lot of scenic views. You will feel a big sense of accomplishment if you complete it. Be sure to wear hiking shoes! You will need the support and grip for your feet! I started at the thousand steps trail and ended all the way at the end of the Ron Coleman trail where the trans mountain side is. This is where the “elephant” looking rock trail is. Used all trails app and was 9.2 miles. Stay on the ridgeline!! Do not hike down the mountain it will slow you down because of cacti and other fauna. I would recommend you do the thousand steps trail and Ron Coleman before attempting this. My buddy had no hiking experience and isn’t fit and did this hike with me. It was his first hike ever and Although he did complete it he pushed his body to the point of exhaustion and starting throwing up towards the end. Good luck!

P.s. take an eternal battery to charge your phone. You will be using a lot of battery if your using the app. I have t mobile and was able to get service up on mountain

mountain biking
no shade
9 days ago

very loose soil, cool little ride

This was an awesome hike. Definitely steep with minor “rock climbing” sections. No dogs and must have good boots. At first some parts look daunting, but one step at a time and you make up a lot of ground/elevation quick. Like most El Paso trails this one isn’t always clearly defined. I loved the natural rock that actually provided secure footing for most parts of the trail. We made it up to the peak, butI definitely recommend making it at least up to the crosses that honor two soldiers. Very cool.

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

Good trail, gets a little steeper and slippery rocks at the end.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

awesome sights. kind of hard getting past some loose rock clkse to the caves entrance.

hiking
no shade
rocky
12 days ago

This is a fantastic trail, a bit difficult to climb some rocky sections but not impossible. We started walking along the Ron Coleman Trail, this path is less than a half of a mile longer but the trail is more defined and the views are wonderful. Once at the summit the vistas are impressive.

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome hike !! Wasn’t easy but once on top well worth it !

hiking
rocky
13 days ago

Moderately difficult hike. Beautiful views of the area. Started on the south side and made it to the window and went back. Very windy.

loved it ... my wife myself and 3 schnauzers spent an hour walking
around ... we came across with 2 big bobcats !! it was awesome !!

Invito a todas las personas a que vengan a disfrutar de este magnífico trail es algo maravilloso recibir el amanecer en este lugar

hiking
no shade
rocky
15 days ago

Did it this past Sunday. Walked about 1 hour before it started going up. Last past of trail going towards mine is a bit sketchy to navigate but well worth it. My 13 year daughter made up to the top.

hiking
no shade
15 days ago

great trail. 1st time doing it and loved it. Doing it again in the future. some areas with very loose rock.

what a great place! the hike was great, staff is very helpful.

Challenging hike, great views. I can't imagine many people actually do this as an out-and-back as suggested by AllTrails. I walked from Transmountain through to McKelligon Canyon, with a quick spur to South Franklin Peak, before getting a ride back to my car. That hike took about 3 hours. I would recommend doing it that way, or turning around at South Franklin Peak and returning to where you started.

on Lost Dog Trail Loop

hiking
no shade
rocky
16 days ago

This is a good multipurpose trail. I have used it a few times to give 2 of my dogs a good long walk.
This is definitely a trail that I would not hike in the afternoon during the summer.

Not too difficult, path well indicated, nothing special to see, not much trafics. Toilet available at trailhead.

Fun for beginners and with little ones. Good exercise, a stretch of the legs.

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