ElevationAscent: 170' 52 m
Descent: -166' -51 m
High: 4,574' 1,394 m
Low: 4,404' 1,342 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A short, fun loop on the side of La Espina Hill climbs flat rock to a sweeping westside view.”— Brendan Ross
Please respect property owners when parking. Be a good trail user.
From the western trail access point, which can be seen in the far northeast corner of the cleared area, the Granola Bowl beats a path directly up the hill. The ascent here, on uncharacteristically smooth rock scattered with desert flora, is steep. The left turnoff to La Espina is two-tenths of a mile up and easy to miss. If the trail flattens out briefly, you went too far.
From here the trail dips briefly before finishing the climb to La Espina Hill's summit and the connection with La Espina Ledge and a shortcut down to Mayberry. Sweeping views to both the west and east can be had here. Granola Bowl then turns southwest along the hillside and begins a descent more gradual than the climb up. From here on out, the trail is often rocky, so step carefully. The trail circles west at the bottom and parallels the cleared area back to the start.
Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park