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South Ridge

Intermediate
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The Maze's central trail transits a southern ridge fifty feet above an arroyo.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

93%

Runnable

4,484' 1,367 m

High

4,226' 1,288 m

Low

259' 79 m

Up

27' 8 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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Runner Notes

Sitting Bull, Fat Tire, and South Ridge are all a part of a trail area referred to as The Maze by locals. The trails, along with their associated connectors, cross two ridges for about a mile, ascending towards the eastern slope of the Franklin Mountains. With fewer rocks than most area trails and easy grades, they're a good introduction for runners getting used to desert trails.

Description

The central trail of The Maze, South Ridge is a little more challenging and technical than its neighbors. The beginning of the trail is not marked; it turns west right after the start of Old Tine Mine Road. If you reach the trail sign for The Maze, you've gone too far.

The initial section of South Ridge is a wide, gravelly doubletrack. It quickly narrows to single as it climbs to the top of a fifty foot ridge. The climb is rocky and eroded by rain runoff, so stick to the sides of the trail for better footing. It wraps around to the southern face of the ridge, winding and passing through brief up and down sections. Flatter sections of the trail are clear and easy, while climbs and descents tend to be rockier, though not difficult.

At its western end, the trail turns south, crosses a dry creek bed, and ends at Cardiac Hill.

Flora & Fauna

Grasses, cacti, sotols and creosote bushes. Birds and rabbits.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brendan Ross with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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#6

in El Paso

#24357

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#6

in El Paso

#630

in Texas

#24,357

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Photos

Scenic Views of the foothills and Franklin Mountains in the autumn.
Mar 17, 2018 near Westway, TX
Looking west from the trail. Franklin Mountains in the background.
Mar 16, 2018 near Westway, TX

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Dec 29, 2019
JonathanC
Nov 30, 2015
Brendan Ross