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North Franklin Mountain, TX

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 7.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,993 feet
Elevation Gain 2,185 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,461 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3-4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 20.11
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33  2015-11-21 The_Dude
Author The_Dude
author avatar Guides 1
Routes 114
Photos 1,339
Trips 336 map ( 2,487 miles )
Age 41 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → Early
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:51am - 7:10pm
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Hike to the high point of the Franklin Mountains! This is a nice, well graded trail for a little under a 4 mile one way trip up to the peak.

Enter the park on the west side of the mountains and pay your entrance fee for the Tom Mays Park, then continue on to the area labeled "Mundys Gap".

The trip to North Franklin Mountain utilizes 3 trails. First the West Cottonwood Spring trail, then the Mundys Gap trail, and finally the North Franklin Mountain trail. All three are well graded, signed, and easy to follow. The first 2/3 of a mile from the trailhead involves crossing over a whole field of ankle-buster sized rocks, but take your time and all will be well. Once you get up on the first ridge you will meet up with the Mundys Gap trail that splits off to the north, there is also a spur trail to the southeast that leads to the Cottonwood spring. Follow this around to about the 1.8 mile mark where you cross the pass and start to descend the east side of the ridge just a bit. You will come to a well signed junction on the trail, make a right for the North Franklin Mountain trail. Take this about 2 miles all the way to the peak following a few switchbacks, and eventually the ridgeline for the last half mile or so. The ridgeline portion of the trail returns to more of the ankle-buster rocks, but just for a short stretch.

There is a large CB antenna at the top, sweeping views of El Paso, Juarez, Fort Bliss military base and all the surrounding mountain ranges. It was remarkably windy the morning I did my hike. Windy conditions are most common here in the spring. Return the way you came, make sure you get out before 5 p.m. when they lock the gates.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2015-11-25 The_Dude
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    North Franklin Mountain
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    one more good hike on my way back. i stopped in Franklin Mountains State Park in north El Paso to hike the highpoint of the second tallest range in texas. Good straightforward hike in a high desert mountain range. it was hot but a nice strong breeze largely kept it pleasant. strong lizard showing. nice trail system and very worthwhile summit hike.

    great little getaway to do some hiking and peak bagging.
    North Franklin Mountain
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    Work took me to El Paso for a few days, so I just had to get in a hike before my flight out in the afternoon. I got to the park just a bit before 8 so I could pay my fee and get going, my flight was at 12:50 and I had some efforting to do so I could get to the airport on time. Very windy morning, pretty consistent 20 mph winds that jumped up to 50+ once I got to the ridgeline section. Very easy to find my way, but I was really huffing it heading uphill into the wind. Many small breaks to recover my breath along the way, plus the constant juggle of hat/ gloves/ jacket on and off to find a happy running temperature. Made it to the top and took a few pictures, the wind was so cold and cutting that my eyes were tearing up so I headed down after about 2 minutes. Nice views of the city and the military base, the sky was a bit hazy but I would imagine yuo have some great long range views on a clear day. Headed back down the way I came, even had enough time for a quick bite of lunch at the airport waiting for my plane. Beautiful slice of the Chihuahuan desert, dominating plants are Sotols and Sideoats Grama throughout, a few Yuccas mixed in, some Whitethorn Acacia, Flameleaf Sumac, and Scrub Oak were the only 'trees' to be seen.

    Permit $$
    Fees are typically $4-$7 per person. Check the site for park hours and current fees.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Franklin Mountain State Park hours as of 2015 are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., they will lock you in behind the gate!

    Drive to the north side of El Paso by I-10 and take Transmountain drive (Highway 375). Head east a few miles and look for the Tom Mays Park turnoff on the north side of the road. Pay the ranger or self pay station, and follow roads to the Mundys Gap area for the trailhead.
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