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129 mi 207 km of trail 4 Recommended Routes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 8 Trails Intermediate Trails 82 Trails Hard Trails 20 Trails

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gem Favorite About as tough as it gets along a trail, the climbing segments on Ron Coleman are fairly easy by bouldering standards, maybe a v1. There are plenty of good holds and a chain to help out.

The Window

(4) El Paso, TX
gem Favorite Nearly half of the Ron Coleman Trail's distance is spent descending back into Fusselman Canyon, which it follows all the way from North Franklin Peak. From up here, the hills of the Lost Dog area (upper left) don't look so tall.

Mammoth Rock

(5) El Paso, TX
gem Favorite View looking north on Anthony Gap Trail before arriving at cave.

Anthony Gap Cave

(4) Anthony, TX

Recommended Routes in Franklin Mountains State Park - 3

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Favorite About as tough as it gets along a trail, the climbing segments on Ron Coleman are fairly easy by bouldering standards, maybe a v1. There are plenty of good holds and a chain to help out.
Difficult

Ron Coleman Trail

3.4 mi 5.5 km 1,715' Up 522.82 m Up 1,435' Down 437.31 m Down

El Paso, TX
Favorite Glandularia and Franklin Mountains
Intermediate/Difficult

Tour de Lost Dog

14.1 mi 22.7 km 1,900' Up 579.2 m Up 1,900' Down 579.14 m Down

Canutillo, TX
Favorite The view along Lower Sunset's cliffside trail. The Florida Mountains are visible in the distance.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sunset Loop

8.3 mi 13.4 km 1,523' Up 464.15 m Up 1,489' Down 453.87 m Down

El Paso, TX

Trails in Franklin Mountains State Park - 106

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1.9 mi 3.0 km #1North Franklin Peak
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
0.6 mi 0.9 km #2North Franklin Ridgeline
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
1.1 mi 1.7 km #3Vertigo Ridge
Intermediate/Difficult
El Paso, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
El Paso, TX
3.5 mi 5.6 km #4Mundy's Gap
Intermediate
Westway, TX
Intermediate
Westway, TX
0.6 mi 1.0 km #5Aztec Caves
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
5.8 mi 9.4 km #6Lower Sunset
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
0.9 mi 1.4 km #7Transmountain Summit
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
1.4 mi 2.2 km #8Upper Sunset
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
2.1 mi 3.5 km #9Scenic Road
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
2.0 mi 3.2 km #10Sotol Forest
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Westway, TX
1.1 mi 1.8 km #11Broke Back
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
2.8 mi 4.5 km #12Antler Run
Intermediate
Westway, TX
Intermediate
Westway, TX
2.2 mi 3.5 km #13Newman Trail
Intermediate
Westway, TX
Intermediate
Westway, TX
1.9 mi 3.1 km #14Crazy Cat
Intermediate/Difficult
El Paso, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
El Paso, TX
0.5 mi 0.8 km #15B-36 Crash Site Trail
Very Difficult
El Paso, TX
Very Difficult
El Paso, TX
1.5 mi 2.4 km #16Thousand Steps Trail
Difficult
El Paso, TX
Difficult
El Paso, TX
0.2 mi 0.2 km #17Anthony Gap Cave Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Anthony, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Anthony, TX
0.9 mi 1.4 km #18Ranger Peak Loop
Difficult
El Paso, TX
Difficult
El Paso, TX
2.3 mi 3.7 km #19Cardiac Hill
Intermediate
Westway, TX
Intermediate
Westway, TX
0.6 mi 0.9 km #20Little Easy Trail
Difficult
Canutillo, TX
Difficult
Canutillo, TX

Photos of Franklin Mountains State Park - 331

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About as tough as it gets along a trail, the climbing segments on Ron Coleman are fairly easy by bouldering standards, maybe a v1. There are plenty of good holds and a chain to help out.
Mar 23, 2016 near El Paso, TX
Glandularia and Franklin Mountains
Mar 27, 2019 near Canutillo, TX
Notice the blue dot just right of the path? That's what you'll be looking for along Ron Coleman Trail.
Mar 23, 2016 near El Paso, TX
A panoramic view from the top of Directissimo. Ranger Peak Loop continues ahead towards the top of the Wyler Aerial Tramway, in the center of the picture. The southern suburbs of El Paso are visible beyond the mountains. Ciudad Juarez and the Sierra Madre range extend off into the distance.
Mar 23, 2016 near El Paso, TX
In case you get confused about how to get to Mammoth Rock, you go up.
Mar 23, 2016 near El Paso, TX
Nearly half of the Ron Coleman Trail's distance is spent descending back into Fusselman Canyon, which it follows all the way from North Franklin Peak. From up here, the hills of the Lost Dog area (upper left) don't look so tall.
Mar 23, 2016 near El Paso, TX
View of Cardiac Hill and barrel cactus
Mar 6, 2020 near Canutillo, TX
View looking north on Anthony Gap Trail before arriving at cave.
Jan 12, 2019 near Anthony, TX