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Lost Dog Trail

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 3.7 (3)

The initial portion of the Lost Dog system, continuing to the northern trails.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.2

KM

Point to Point

4,216' 1,285 m

High

4,163' 1,269 m

Low

64' 20 m

Up

12' 4 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Description

The actual Lost Dog Trail is a small part of the much larger network in the area. It is accessed by a parking area and trailhead just off of Redd Road, built in 2012 by volunteers from the Borderland Mountain Bike Association and donations from Jobe Materials. Be sure to thank any volunteers you see in the area, as they receive no government assistance in maintaining this popular and well-kept trail access point.

From the trailhead parking lot, continue on the paved road towards the water tanks until reaching the yellow access gate the bottom of the small hill. Follow the path upwards and around the tanks.

Shortly after the tanks, the main trail continues eastward as Lechugilla Trail, while Lost Dog branches to the north. The trail descends into an arroyo, passing intersections with Creosote and Ocotillo, which are sometimes marked with cairns. About a half mile later, the trail ends at the junction with Worm and Worm Shortcut at the bottom of a small incline.

Flora & Fauna

The Franklins are filled with desert wildlife and you'll have the chance to see all sorts of plants and animals on trail. Vegetation is best during the rainy months around summer, when the desert blooms and the plants turn green. Jackrabbits, lizards and roadrunners are common, occasionally snakes will be on or near the trail. Watch for rattlers and give them a wild berth. If you get caught out past sundown, you may hear a few coyotes. Their howls are unnerving, but they generally leave people alone.

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Shared By:

Brendan Ross with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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Photos

View of Franklin Mountains from the trail.
Apr 13, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Looking NE on the trail.
Apr 11, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Fall flowers along the lost dog trail.
Mar 14, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Creosote bush in bloom and Franklin Mountains
Apr 10, 2020 near Canutillo, TX
Wildflowers along the trail
Mar 14, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Looking east from the trail during dust storm.
Apr 13, 2018 near Canutillo, TX

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Sep 9, 2016
Jean-Claude Linossi
This is a fairly easy trail with nice views of the Franklin Mountains. I have walked this trail numerous times with my dogs and alone. 0.8mi — 1h 00m