ElevationAscent: 454' 138 m
Descent: -36' -11 m
High: 4,598' 1,402 m
Low: 4,154' 1,266 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
Popular runs nearby
Tour de Lost Dog
14.1 mi 22.7 km • Loop • 1,900 ft Ascent 579.2 m Ascent
8.3 mi 13.4 km • Point to Point • 1,523 ft Ascent 464.15 m Ascent
Franklin Mountains Trail Run 50K
32.9 mi 52.9 km • Point to Point • 6,358 ft Ascent 1937.85 m Ascent
Ron Coleman Trail
3.4 mi 5.5 km • Point to Point • 1,715 ft Ascent 522.82 m Ascent
Mount Cristo Rey
4.6 mi 7.4 km • Out and Back • 630 ft Ascent 191.94 m Ascent
7.8 mi 12.5 km • Loop • 361 ft Ascent 110.15 m Ascent
“A long, steady climb paralleling Transmountain Drive marks the northern border of the Lost Dog area.”— Brendan Ross
Features Wildflowers · Wildlife
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 or run 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 intersection of Worm and El Paso del Norte, El Refri proceeds to the west, flattening and widening as it goes. As the trail makes a turn to the northeast and begins its climb towards the mountains, a short spur breaks off towards a neighborhood a few hundred feet away. There are a few places to park a car at the dead end street where it connects. From here, the trail is a steady climb, similar to Lechugilla Trail. Roughly a mile into this portion, El Refri's namesake can be found lying on its side on the south side of the trail. Shortly thereafter, Worm turns off to the right, with a connection to Brujos about a quarter mile further ahead. Following Brujos, the trail climbs more steeply for about a third of a mile before ending at Brujos Viewpoint and turning into Ten Minutes of Hell.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park