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Little Moab West

Intermediate

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1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 307' 94 m
Descent: -95' -29 m
High: 4,778' 1,456 m
Low: 4,480' 1,365 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Run through towering ocotillos and century plants while ascending a Franklin Mountain foothill.

Brendan Ross

Features Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

The trails around the Franklin Mountains are often rocky and technical, so runners unfamiliar with rough terrain should use caution. Trail shoes with rock plates are strongly recommended.

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.

Description

Little Moab West trades the more intense, rugged climb of Little Moab for a gradual ascent through desert flora. Ocotillo, yucca, century plants, and cacti can be seen throughout a run here.

Turning north off of North Clyde's Trail, the path doubles back to the northwest through a shallow valley, bypassing the housing developments to the south while drifting between plant life. After half a mile, the trail forks at a connection to Tin Mine Hill, with Little Moab West continuing to the right. The trail slowly begins to increase in grade as it draws closer to Little Moab Hill. A segment at the halfway point connects to Mayberry and La Espina Hill.

Shortly after reaching a mile into the trail, it takes a quick turn to the right and climbs sharply, ascending to the top of the hill in a few hundred feet. Little Moab is visible just below and to the left, and after a short distance, it will switchback up the hillside to merge into the trail and continue along the ridge.

Flora & Fauna

The Franklins are filled with desert wildlife and you'll have the chance to see all sorts of plants and animals on trail. Vegetation is best during the rainy months around summer when the desert blooms and the plants turn green. Jackrabbits, lizards and roadrunners are common, occasionally snakes will be on or near the trail. Watch for rattlers and give them a wild berth. If you get caught out past sundown, you may hear a few coyotes. Their howls are unnerving, but they generally leave people alone.

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Mar 14, 2016
Brendan Ross

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Photos

A high desert sunset along the ocotillo fields of Little Moab.
Mar 23, 2016 near Canutillo, TX
View of the South Franklin Peak from the trail
Apr 24, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Looking NE on the trail.
Apr 24, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
View of Little Moab
Sep 6, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Looking east from the trail and Texas Rainbow cactus.
Apr 24, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Looking east from the trail
Apr 24, 2018 near Canutillo, TX

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