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Gems in Franklin Mountains State Park - 3

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gem Favorite About as tough as it gets along a trail, the climbing segments on Ron Coleman are fairly easy by bouldering standards, maybe a v1. There are plenty of good holds and a chain to help out.

The Window

(4) El Paso, TX
gem Favorite Nearly half of the Ron Coleman Trail's distance is spent descending back into Fusselman Canyon, which it follows all the way from North Franklin Peak. From up here, the hills of the Lost Dog area (upper left) don't look so tall.

Mammoth Rock

(5) El Paso, TX
gem Favorite View looking north on Anthony Gap Trail before arriving at cave.

Anthony Gap Cave

(4) Anthony, TX

Recommended Routes in Franklin Mountains State Park - 5

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Favorite About as tough as it gets along a trail, the climbing segments on Ron Coleman are fairly easy by bouldering standards, maybe a v1. There are plenty of good holds and a chain to help out.
Difficult

Ron Coleman Trail

3.4 mi 5.5 km 1,715' Up 522.82 m Up 1,435' Down 437.31 m Down

El Paso, TX
Favorite Glandularia and Franklin Mountains
Intermediate/Difficult

Tour de Lost Dog

14.1 mi 22.7 km 1,900' Up 579.2 m Up 1,900' Down 579.14 m Down

Canutillo, TX
Favorite The view along Lower Sunset's cliffside trail. The Florida Mountains are visible in the distance.
Difficult

Franklin Mountains Trail Run 50K

32.9 mi 52.9 km 6,358' Up 1937.85 m Up 6,115' Down 1863.85 m Down

Canutillo, TX
Favorite Looking east from the trail
Intermediate

Lower Sunset Alternate Loop

4.9 mi 7.9 km 771' Up 235.02 m Up 752' Down 229.23 m Down

Canutillo, TX
Favorite The view along Lower Sunset's cliffside trail. The Florida Mountains are visible in the distance.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sunset Loop

8.3 mi 13.4 km 1,523' Up 464.15 m Up 1,489' Down 453.87 m Down

El Paso, TX

Franklin Mountains State Park Running

  • 192 Miles 309 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 9 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 83 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 19 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Franklin Mountains State Park - 106

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1.9 mi 3.0 km #1North Franklin Peak
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX 10 
0.6 mi 1.0 km #2Aztec Caves
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
2.2 mi 3.5 km #3Newman Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
0.6 mi 0.9 km #4North Franklin Ridgeline
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
1.1 mi 1.7 km #5Vertigo Ridge
Intermediate/Difficult
El Paso, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
El Paso, TX
3.5 mi 5.6 km #6Mundy's Gap
Intermediate
Westway, TX
Intermediate
Westway, TX
5.8 mi 9.4 km #7Lower Sunset
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
0.9 mi 1.4 km #8Transmountain Summit
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
2.1 mi 3.5 km #9Scenic Road
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
1.4 mi 2.2 km #10Upper Sunset
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX

Photos of Franklin Mountains State Park - 338

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About as tough as it gets along a trail, the climbing segments on Ron Coleman are fairly easy by bouldering standards, maybe a v1. There are plenty of good holds and a chain to help out.
Mar 23, 2016 near El Paso, TX
Glandularia and Franklin Mountains
Mar 27, 2019 near Canutillo, TX
Notice the blue dot just right of the path? That's what you'll be looking for along Ron Coleman Trail.
Mar 23, 2016 near El Paso, TX
A panoramic view from the top of Directissimo. Ranger Peak Loop continues ahead towards the top of the Wyler Aerial Tramway, in the center of the picture. The southern suburbs of El Paso are visible beyond the mountains. Ciudad Juarez and the Sierra Madre range extend off into the distance.
Mar 23, 2016 near El Paso, TX
In case you get confused about how to get to Mammoth Rock, you go up.
Mar 23, 2016 near El Paso, TX
Nearly half of the Ron Coleman Trail's distance is spent descending back into Fusselman Canyon, which it follows all the way from North Franklin Peak. From up here, the hills of the Lost Dog area (upper left) don't look so tall.
Mar 23, 2016 near El Paso, TX
Atop the peak next to the repeater.
Jan 18, 2021 near Canutillo, TX
View of Cardiac Hill and barrel cactus
Mar 6, 2020 near Canutillo, TX