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Ocotillo

Intermediate

Trail

1.0 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 249' 76 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,452' 1,357 m
Low: 4,202' 1,281 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Bypass Lechugilla on this parallel trail.

Brendan Ross

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Description

For runners who'd like to avoid other users on Lechugilla Trail, particularly when it is crowded with mountain bikers, Ocotillo is a quick detour to the north. After rounding the water tanks on Lost Dog Trail, continue down the hill and past the intersection with Creosote. Ocotillo will branch off about a tenth of a mile after. It looks similar to some of the rocky water runoffs in the area, so GPS may be helpful in locating the starting point.

Much of the first half of the trail is rocky and requires careful attention to foot placement. The trail will gradually climb to where it crosses Lost Dog Water Tank Access Road near a water tank. Cross the road and circle the tank to where the trail continues on its east side. The path continues for about a quarter of a mile further before rejoining Lechugilla Trail a short distance from the intersection of Brujos and Mayberry.

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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Apr 13, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
A little bit of climbing in the beginning and then the trail is fairly flat. Good views of the Franklin Mountains. 1mi — 0h 30m

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True to its name, Ocotillo Trail passes through a number of the desert plants, some growing up to twenty feet.
Aug 25, 2015 near Canutillo, TX
Looking NE on the trail.
Apr 11, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Looking east from the trail during dust storm.
Apr 13, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
View of trail beginning.
Apr 13, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
View from Lost Dog Trail.
Apr 13, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Banana yucca starting to bloom and view of the Franklin Mountains.
Mar 17, 2018 near Canutillo, TX

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