“A difficult and rugged climb lead to a stunning view of the western end of Texas.”
— Brendan Ross
This trail is particularly rocky and is not maintained by park rangers. Careless individuals have been hurt while trying to gain the Transmountain Summit. Experienced runners will be able to navigate the trail without too much trouble, but use the typical precautions of advising a friend where you will be and when you will return.
The depicted trail ends at a viewpoint over Transmountain Drive. The trail is at grade with one of the "shelves" of the cut through the mountains, but use extreme caution if exploring further. Footing is slippery and a fall would be dangerous or fatal.
Leading to an expansive view of Transmountain Drive, the west end of Texas, New Mexico, the Juarez Mountains, and Mexico beyond, the Summit trail is one of the finest the west Franklin Mountains has to offer.
Transmountain Summit turns off of Thunderbird
near intersections with North Clyde's Trail
and South Clyde's Trail
. After a short segment directly toward the mountain, the trail doubles back on a long, steep clockwise climb. This is the most difficult section of the trail. Runers will have to navigate between softball sized rocks and sharp yucca and cacti while ascending a 20% grade. A brief respite can be had as the trail briefly flattens near the half-mile point before turning north and continuing its climb. Look for the faint turnoff for Fusselman Canyon Overlook
to the right.
The trail widens at a flat viewpoint near its end. The path continues downhill a short distance before reaching its end, towering over the mile-high summit of Transmountain Drive and the scenic viewpoint below.