ElevationAscent: 157' 48 m
Descent: -277' -85 m
High: 4,561' 1,390 m
Low: 4,380' 1,335 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“Transit open fields, hills and arroyos on a trail that touches on all that Lost Dog has to offer.”— 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.
Beginning from the north connection on Dead Valentine's Trail, Mayberry heads south through a mostly flat area filled with desert flora. After dropping into an arroyo and climbing back out, it passes a turnoff to the lush Desert Forest trail, which is marked by a cairn. A north fork to Broke Back Shortcut is a short distance after. This exit is easy to miss, so a GPS track may help.
From here the trail begins to descend into another arroyo and becomes more challenging, with larger rocks and loose footing a factor at some points for the next half mile. At the bottom, the trail then immediately begins a climb between La Espina and Broke Back hills, switching back a few times during one particularly steep segment. The top, which is also the trail's high point, is an intersection with Baby Head and La Espina Ledge, with access to Broke Back a short distance to the northeast.
From here, Mayberry widens into doubletrack. The trail becomes an easy descent into a wide arroyo and more plant life. Access points to Granola Bowl and then Tin Mine Hill are the final connections before the trail ends at Bear Ridge Drive.
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Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park