Lost Dog Trail
ElevationAscent: 64' 20 m
Descent: -12' -4 m
High: 4,216' 1,285 m
Low: 4,163' 1,269 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“The initial portion of the Lost Dog system, continuing to the northern trails.”— Brendan Ross
El Paso is in the desert, so be wise about the climate. Summers are regularly in the 90's or above, winters will drop to the 30's and 40's. Lightning storms are frequent in the late afternoons during the warmer months. Winds are frequent and gusts over 50 mph are not unusual. Dust storms, strongest in the late spring, can be hazardous and reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile. Check the weather before you go, and let someone know where you will be.
Mountain biking is popular in the Lost Dog area, and while runners have the right of way over cyclists, it's often the safer option to step to the side to allow them to pass. Sometimes you'll get thanked, but usually not - but better to be a good user of the trail than to end up in a cactus, tangled in some guy's derailleur.
From the trailhead parking lot, continue on the paved road towards the water tanks until reaching the yellow access gate the bottom of the small hill. Follow the path upwards and around the tanks.
Shortly after the tanks, the main trail continues eastward as Lechugilla Trail, while Lost Dog branches to the north. The trail descends into an arroyo, passing intersections with Creosote and Ocotillo, which are sometimes marked with cairns. About a half mile later, the trail ends at the junction with Worm and Worm Shortcut at the bottom of a small incline.
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Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park