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Del Sol Valley

Intermediate
 2.5 (2)

A short loop with steep climbs.


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0.6

Miles

0.9

KM

Loop

4,351' 1,326 m

High

4,251' 1,296 m

Low

103' 31 m

Up

104' 32 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The newest addition to the Lost Dog trail system, Del Sol Valley is a short loop bounded by neighborhoods and hills.

From the connection to Del Sol Ridge, following the trail clockwise, Valley descends to cross and follow alongside an uncharacteristically deep arroyo. The turnoff for Desert Forest can be found here, and a fork connects to the northern side of the Lost Dog area via Dead Valentine's Trail. The trail then crosses the arroyo again and picks up on a wider section of doubletrack running south.

Passing a steep and slippery climb which links to a neighborhood and parking at the trail's southern end, Valley finally makes a challenging but brief ascent back to where it began.

Flora & Fauna

Typical desert vegetation and fauna. Cacti, sotols, ocotillos, creosote bushes and many species of wildflowers. Birds, lizards and rabbits.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brendan Ross with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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  2.5 from 2 votes

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Glandularia and Franklin Mountains
Mar 27, 2019 near Canutillo, TX
Texas Rainbow cactus in bloom and view of the Franklin Mountains
Apr 23, 2019 near Canutillo, TX
View of the Franklin Mountains and Banana Yuccas in bloom
Mar 27, 2019 near Canutillo, TX
Banana yucca starting to bloom and view of the Franklin Mountains.
Mar 27, 2019 near Canutillo, TX
Looking east from the trail
Sep 4, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Dalea Formosa and Franklin Mountains
Mar 27, 2019 near Canutillo, TX

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Apr 11, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Not the most scenic trail in the Franklin Mountains. Not too difficult to hike. Some good views of vegetation. 0.6mi — 0h 20m