Coyote Ugly is one of several east-west trails connecting the desert flatlands with the foothills of the Franklins. On its eastern end, the trail begins west of the Bowen Ranch roundhouse, paralleling a former dirt road. Keep right at the sign for Mad Cow
, and right again at the visible remains of a camping area near the start of Boulder Dash.
The trail crosses the dirt road and proceeds north. The path is semi-rocky and winds frequently. Ugly doubles back in a hairpin before crossing a rocky creek bed and passing the western end of Tu Madre
. The remaining mile of the trail is a steady, but easy, climb to the foothills. As it climbs, the trail smoothes out some and becomes less rocky. A nice view of the Franklins spreads out to the west.
Coyote Ugly ends at Sotol Forest
, near a creekbed crossing and the connections to Newman Trail
and Rocky Road
. Unlike other area trails, there's no sign marking Coyote Ugly, so watch for the turnoff just after the crossing if beginning on this side.
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