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Nov 25 2017
Booneman
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40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
North Franklin MountainBig Bend, TX
Big Bend, TX
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
Booneman
Hiking8.20 Miles 2,641 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.59 mph
2,641 ft AEG
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Since the road to Guadalupe Mountains NP was closed due to a truck crash I drove back to El Paso to hike Franklin Mountain. The park wasn't open so I parked near the highway and walked 1.2 miles to the trailhead of Cottonwood Springs. From there it was up a rocky trail to Mundy's Gap. Finally up the east side of the mountain to the peak putting me on the summit at exactly 5 miles. On the return trip I opted for a spur trail that shaved nearly two miles off and you can imagine how steep it was down that ridge!

This is a nice hike close to town with many options to reach the peak.
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Apr 19 2017
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
North Franklin MountainBig Bend, TX
Big Bend, TX
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2017
fricknaley
Hiking7.80 Miles 2,461 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.49 mph
2,461 ft AEG      12 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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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.
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Nov 21 2015
The_Dude
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42 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
North Franklin MountainBig Bend, TX
Big Bend, TX
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2015
The_Dude
Hiking7.80 Miles 2,461 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   2.96 mph
2,461 ft AEG      18 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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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.
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average hiking speed 2.68 mph

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