ElevationAscent: 66' 20 m
Descent: -150' -46 m
High: 4,679' 1,426 m
Low: 4,586' 1,398 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)
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“A cliffside trail that climbs to a stunning viewpoint on Lost Dog's signature route.”— Brendan Ross
El Paso is in the desert, so be wise about the climate. Summers are regularly in the 90's or above, and 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, and better to be a good user of the trail than to end up in a cactus, tangled in some guy's derailleur.
Taking a counterclockwise route, Broke Back begins with a connection from Baby Head. As the initial section of the trail is a new route and somewhat faint, looking for a rock cairn marking the turnoff or following a GPS track may help in locating it. The trail winds toward Broke Back hill directly ahead, making a sharp turn south at the base for a single switchback into a scenic cliffside trail. Keep an eye out for ocotillo branches and rocks laid out to help mark the turn.
On the north side of the hill, the trail meets two segments leading to North Broke Back with continuing access to the northern trails. Continue south on the hill's west face past a seesaw for mountain bikes, dipping briefly before an easy climb to the top of the hill's southern high point and a nice view of the valley. From here, it is a gradual descent back down to Mayberry, the southern terminus of Baby Head, and La Espina Ledge.
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Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park