Down and Out
ElevationAscent: 319' 97 m
Descent: -305' -93 m
High: 4,865' 1,483 m
Low: 4,546' 1,386 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Explore the west central Franklin foothills on this detour from Thunderbird.”— Brendan Ross
From the north end, Down and Out departs the power lines and heads towards the visible water tank to the southwest. The path is a steady descent, less maintained than other area trails but in reasonable condition. Passing the water tank, the trail briefly joins a dirt access road before continuing a short distance further to the southwest.
The route then turns back to the east on a steady, challenging climb through typical desert plant life. The prematurely placed "No Trespassing" sign halfway up this trail refers to the water tank at the top and was intended to discourage vandals; the trail is in Franklin Mountains State Park land, not private property. Down and Out rejoins Thunderbird at a water tank situated high upon the foothills.
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Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park