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Tin Mine Hill

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 100' 30 m
Descent: -109' -33 m
High: 4,536' 1,383 m
Low: 4,437' 1,352 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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This short hill is a good area for newcomers to test out Lost Dog's rocky trails.

Brendan Ross

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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 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

This short loop connects Mayberry and Little Moab West and makes a good introduction to the trails along the west Franklin Mountains. A little bit of everything in the area can be experienced in under a mile. Tin Mine Hill is unrelated to the longer Tin Mine Trail on the east slope of the Franklins, which connects to an actual mine which can be explored.

From the west side, Tin Mine Hill splits off from Mayberry and crosses a rocky arroyo. The trail forks afterwards, with the northern path making up the more difficult segment. The path winds a short but steep climb to the top of Tin Mine up both dirt and flat rock portions, weaving through a number of cacti, lechugilla and creosote plants. A view of the southern trails is visible at the top before dropping back down on the east side of the hill and Tin Mine Hill Connector. The dead end street at the Desert Night, just to the south, is a good place to park to access trails in this area.

The trail turns west and follows the base of Tin Mine Hill. It is much wider and flatter here. The trail connects back at the western side of the hill.

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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Brendan Ross

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Photos

Looking northwest on the trail.
Mar 16, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Looking North on the trail.
Mar 14, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
View of the little tin mine hill from the Mayberry trail
Mar 16, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
View of little Tin Mine Hill from trail.
Apr 14, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
View of little Tin Hill and four winged salt bush
Sep 6, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
View of Little Tin Hill and ephreda
Sep 6, 2018 near Canutillo, TX

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