ElevationAscent: 54' 16 m
Descent: -50' -15 m
High: 4,663' 1,421 m
Low: 4,616' 1,407 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)
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“A short but technical and fun loop over rock formations and through desert plantlife.”— Brendan Ross
El Paso is in the desert, so plan around 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. Check the weather before you go, and let someone know where you will be.
The loop is best taken clockwise, as it is easier to stay on the trail. Signs mark both ends. The trail winds throughout its length, frequently doubling back on itself. Many sections will cross over flat rock and are less visible. Look for hints left by previous runners and bikers to mark the path: broken pieces of bark, lines of rocks, and other things that appear out of place are all good indicators.
The twisting, up and down path lasts a little over half a mile before ending a short distance up Blue Moon from its starting point.
Animals are mostly limited to jackrabbits, lizards, and small birds. Roadrunners will dart across the trail at times, and hawks circle overhead, looking for prey. Coyotes are hard to spot and tend to only come out after dusk, though they leave visitors alone.
Keep an eye out for snakes. They avoid the hot desert sun and are more common during the winter months. Most are harmless, but rattlers are a part of the local wildlife.
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Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park