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Little Moab West

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Hike through towering ocotillos and century plants while ascending a Franklin Mountain foothill.


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

Point to Point

4,778' 1,456 m

High

4,480' 1,365 m

Low

307' 94 m

Up

95' 29 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Little Moab West trades the more intense, rugged climb of Little Moab for a gradual ascent through desert flora. Ocotillo, yucca, century plants, and cacti can be seen throughout a hike here.

Turning north off of North Clyde's Trail, the path doubles back to the northwest through a shallow valley, bypassing the housing developments to the south while drifting between plant life. After half a mile, the trail forks at a connection to Tin Mine Hill, with Little Moab West continuing to the right. The trail slowly begins to increase in grade as it draws closer to Little Moab Hill. A segment at the halfway point connects to Mayberry and La Espina Hill.

Shortly after reaching a mile into the trail, it takes a quick turn to the right and climbs sharply, ascending to the top of the hill in a few hundred feet. Little Moab is visible just below and to the left, and after a short distance, it will switchback up the hillside to merge into the trail and continue along the ridge.

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

A high desert sunset along the ocotillo fields of Little Moab.
Mar 23, 2016 near Canutillo, TX
View of the South Franklin Peak from the trail
Apr 24, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Looking NE on the trail.
Apr 24, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
View of Little Moab
Sep 6, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Looking east from the trail and Texas Rainbow cactus.
Apr 24, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Phacelias in bloom and view of South Franklin Peak
Mar 28, 2020 near Canutillo, TX

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Apr 24, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Not too difficult of a trail. The does require some up hill climbing. 1.4mi — 1h 00m