ElevationAscent: 238' 73 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,357' 1,328 m
Low: 4,119' 1,255 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“This rarely-used trail offers alternate access to Northern Pass Drive.”— 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 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.
Once Creosote crosses Lost Dog Trail, it will climb a hill and parallel Lechugilla Trail, sometimes visible to the south for the remainder. Some sections have been eroded by storms, so use caution. As this is a rarely-used trail segment, it is less of a maintenance priority and requires more eyes-down time to avoid the numerous rocks and plants which have grown up on the path.
Creosote ends at the Lost Dog Water Tank Access Road. Connections here to Lechugilla Trail and Ocotillo continue the gradual ascent towards the Franklin Mountains.
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Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park