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Trail

1.4 mile 2.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 40' 12 m
Descent: -274' -83 m
High: 4,454' 1,357 m
Low: 4,185' 1,276 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Brendan Ross

Switchback from a hilltop ridge into a desert gulch on this winding trail.

Brendan Ross

Features Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Beginning from the northern terminus with El Refri, Worm meanders southwest on a hilltop ridgeline, passing between numerous desert plants and cacti. The singletrack here is generally flat and free of rocks. After about a quarter mile, a turnoff to the west onto El Paso del Norte follows the ridge, while Worm splits off onto a new one to the southwest as an arroyo opens between the two.

A half mile further, Worm takes a sudden switchback turn to the right; Worm Shortcut continues straight ahead. A quick descent of about a hundred feet places the trail into a desert gulch. From here, the trail becomes a bit more technical, weaving west between hills before eventually meeting up again with El Refri and El Paso del Norte. The trail then hugs the hillside as it circles counterclockwise, ending at the junction of Worm Shortcut and Lost Dog Trail.

Flora & Fauna

The Franklins are filled with desert wildlife and you'll have the chance to see all sorts of plants and animals on a hike. 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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Mar 21, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Fairly easy walk along the ridge and an arroyo. Lots of desert vegetation. 1.4mi — 0h 30m

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