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North Clyde's Trail

Intermediate
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Link to the Lost Dog area, Transmountain Summit and the southwest Franklins via this rugged trail.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.4

KM

Point to Point

4,874' 1,486 m

High

4,545' 1,385 m

Low

329' 100 m

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Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Wildflowers · Wildlife

As residential development near the foothills continues, access to the starting points for North Clyde's Trail and South Clyde's Trail may change. For now, the trails are reached by parking at the eastern end of either Desert Night or Desert Whisper and crossing the open field to the beginning of the trails.

The good news is that development has reached the boundary of the state park and can't proceed any further east. While parking locations may change on the map here, the trails will not.

Description

Linking a number of trails on Tin Mine and Little Moab hills, the challenging Transmountain Summit, and the southwest Franklin trail system via Mickey's Trail, North Clyde's Trail is the main entry into the southern Lost Dog area. Park at the end of Tranquil Desert Drive and cross the open field for a tenth of a mile to the trail's starting point. It will be marked with rock cairns and becomes more visible as one approaches, appearing as a noticeable break in the desert vegetation.

The first two-tenths of a mile of North Clyde's are like the other west-east trails in the area: wide, somewhat rocky, and a low grade, steady incline. Connections to Little Moab Valley and Little Moab branch off to the left near the state park boundary sign. The trail then crosses a dry creek bed and will be difficult to see for the next two hundred feet. The path will break off to the right and begin a steeper climb up the mountains towards a set of three utility poles.

From the creek bed onward, the trail will be much more technical. Storm damage has littered the path with large rocks and runoff creates occasional rivets in the trail. After a half mile, North Clyde's will reach the poles and turn south, merging into Thunderbird.

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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Brendan Ross

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Photos

View of the Franklin Mountain from the start of the trail
Mar 13, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Apache plumes and Franklin Mountains
Apr 13, 2020 near Canutillo, TX
Looking east from the trail
Dec 23, 2019 near Canutillo, TX
View of Mammoth Rock and Sotols
Mar 13, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
View of Mammoth Rock from the trail
Mar 13, 2018 near Canutillo, TX

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Feb 7, 2017
Jean-Claude Linossi
Have hiked this trail a few times. I especially like it in the spring when the cacti are in bloom. 0.9mi — 0h 30m