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Franklin Mountains State Park

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129 mi 207 km of trail 4 Runs

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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

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

Anthony Gap Cave

(4) Anthony, TX

Runs in Franklin Mountains State Park - 4

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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 • Point to Point • 1,715 ft Ascent 522.82 m Ascent

(15) El Paso, TX
Favorite Glandularia and Franklin Mountains
Difficult

Tour de Lost Dog

14.1 mi 22.7 km • Loop • 1,900 ft Ascent 579.2 m Ascent

(5) Canutillo, TX
Favorite Reaching the top of the climb above the Aztec Caves.
Difficult

Franklin Mountains Trail Run 50K

32.9 mi 52.9 km • Point to Point • 6,358 ft Ascent 1937.85 m Ascent

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

Sunset Loop

8.3 mi 13.4 km • Point to Point • 1,523 ft Ascent 464.15 m Ascent

(2) El Paso, TX

Trails in Franklin Mountains State Park - 106

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1.9 mi 3.0 km #1North Franklin Peak
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
1.9 mi 3.0 km Canutillo, TX
0.6 mi 0.9 km #2North Franklin Ridgeline
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
0.6 mi 0.9 km Canutillo, TX
1.1 mi 1.7 km #3Vertigo Ridge
Difficult
El Paso, TX
Difficult
1.1 mi 1.7 km El Paso, TX
3.5 mi 5.6 km #4Mundy's Gap
Intermediate
Westway, TX
Intermediate
3.5 mi 5.6 km Westway, TX
0.6 mi 1.0 km #5Aztec Caves
Intermediate
Westway, TX
Intermediate
0.6 mi 1.0 km Westway, TX
5.8 mi 9.4 km #6Lower Sunset
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
5.8 mi 9.4 km Canutillo, TX
0.9 mi 1.4 km #7Transmountain Summit
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
0.9 mi 1.4 km Canutillo, TX
1.4 mi 2.2 km #8Upper Sunset
Difficult
Westway, TX
Difficult
1.4 mi 2.2 km Westway, TX
2.1 mi 3.5 km #9Scenic Road
Difficult
Westway, TX
Difficult
2.1 mi 3.5 km Westway, TX
2.0 mi 3.2 km #10Sotol Forest
Difficult
Westway, TX
Difficult
2.0 mi 3.2 km Westway, TX
1.1 mi 1.8 km #11Broke Back
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
1.1 mi 1.8 km Canutillo, TX
2.8 mi 4.5 km #12Antler Run
Intermediate
Westway, TX
Intermediate
2.8 mi 4.5 km Westway, TX
2.2 mi 3.5 km #13Newman Trail
Intermediate
Westway, TX
Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.5 km Westway, TX
0.5 mi 0.9 km #14Desert Forest
Intermediate
Canutillo, TX
Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.9 km Canutillo, TX
1.9 mi 3.1 km #15Crazy Cat
Intermediate
El Paso, TX
Intermediate
1.9 mi 3.1 km El Paso, TX
0.2 mi 0.2 km #16Anthony Gap Cave Trail
Difficult
Anthony, TX
Difficult
0.2 mi 0.2 km Anthony, TX
0.5 mi 0.8 km #17B-36 Crash Site Trail
Very Difficult
El Paso, TX
Very Difficult
0.5 mi 0.8 km El Paso, TX
1.5 mi 2.4 km #18Thousand Steps Trail
Difficult
El Paso, TX
Difficult
1.5 mi 2.4 km El Paso, TX
0.9 mi 1.4 km #19Ranger Peak Loop
Difficult
El Paso, TX
Difficult
0.9 mi 1.4 km El Paso, TX
2.3 mi 3.7 km #20Cardiac Hill
Intermediate
Westway, TX
Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.7 km Westway, TX

Photos of Franklin Mountains State Park - 319

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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
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
View of Cardiac Hill and barrel cactus
Mar 6, 2020 near Canutillo, TX
Glandularia and Franklin Mountains
Mar 27, 2019 near Canutillo, TX
View looking north on Anthony Gap Trail before arriving at cave.
Jan 12, 2019 near Anthony, TX

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