Tom Mays Connector
ElevationAscent: 19' 6 m
Descent: -175' -53 m
High: 4,607' 1,404 m
Low: 4,432' 1,351 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“The connecting route between the Lost Dog and Tom Mays trail systems.”— Brendan Ross
El Paso is in the desert, so be wise about the climate. Summers are regularly in the 90's or above, and winters will drop to the 30's and 40's. Lightning storms are frequent in the late afternoons during the warmer months. Winds are frequent and gusts over 50 mph are not unusual. Dust storms, strongest in the late spring, can be hazardous and reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile. Check the weather before you go, and let someone know where you'll be.
The north end of the trail is located across the entrance from the Tom Mays Unit and a couple hundred feet to the west. An underpass completed in early 2018 allows runners to cross underneath Transmountain Road, a welcome change from having to dash across the busy highway.
The Connector is typical western Franklin singletrack, occasionally rocky with hard-packed dirt underneath. The initial half of the trail is a slow descent away from Transmountain, passing through a good variety of desert plant life. As it makes a U-turn and heads straight west, the path enters a particularly lush area filled with ocotillos, sotols, and agave cacti.
Just before finishing, the trail makes a steep and somewhat technical trip in and out of an arroyo. The end is just over the hill after this arroyo. Two more rock cairns help mark the trail on this side. It can be hard to see, so look directly across from the entrance to Worm if beginning from the southern end.
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Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park