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Desert Forest

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Hike through hundreds of ocotillos and desert flora on Lost Dog's most lush trail.


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0.9

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Point to Point

4,462' 1,360 m

High

4,287' 1,307 m

Low

175' 53 m

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6%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Rising from Del Sol Valley to the center of the Lost Dog area, Desert Forest passes through a veritable arboretum, filled with almost every type of plant that can be found in the Chihuahuan desert.

From the west side, take a quick right turn off of Del Sol Valley just before reaching the creek bed; as the path cut through the next five miles is new and not visible on satellite maps, you may need the GPS track to help you locate it. Cross and continue east along the creek bed. The higher concentration of rain which collects in this low area contributes to the ocotillos, lechugillas, agave plants, desert grasses and other plant life surrounding the trail.

After climbing a short hill, the trail meanders back and forth, with a few brief forks, until it reaches Mayberry. Connections can be made here to the northern trails via Lechugilla Trail and Brujos, or continue east to the views on Broke Back.

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

Glandularia and Franklin Mountains
Mar 27, 2019 near Canutillo, TX
Weaving through towering desert coral. Some can reach twenty feet in height.
Aug 30, 2015 near Canutillo, TX
View of the Franklin Mountains in the winter
Jan 25, 2019 near Canutillo, TX
View of Del Sol Ridge
Sep 4, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Looking east from the trail
Sep 4, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
View of the Franklin Mountains and bicolor mustard
Apr 12, 2020 near Canutillo, TX

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