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blue Tin Mine Hill

Trail

0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 100' 30 m
Descent: -109' -33 m
High: 4,536' 1,383 m
Low: 4,437' 1,352 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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Trail shared by Brendan Ross

This short hill is a good area for newcomers to test out Lost Dog's rocky trails.

Brendan Ross

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Description

This short loop connects Mayberry and Little Moab West and makes a good introduction to the trails along the west Franklin Mountains. A little bit of everything in the area can be experienced in under a mile. Tin Mine Hill is unrelated to the longer Tin Mine Trail on the east slope of the Franklins, which connects to an actual mine which can be explored.

From the west side, Tin Mine Hill splits off from Mayberry and crosses a rocky arroyo. The trail forks afterwards, with the northern path making up the more difficult segment. The path winds a short but steep climb to the top of Tin Mine up both dirt and flat rock portions, weaving through a number of cacti, lechugilla and creosote plants. A view of the southern trails is visible at the top before dropping back down on the east side of the hill and Tin Mine Hill Connector. The dead end street at the Desert Night, just to the south, is a good place to park to access trails in this area.

The trail turns west and follows the base of Tin Mine Hill. It is much wider and flatter here. The trail connects back at the western side of the hill.

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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Mar 14, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Took a short walk there this morning. Easy trail with not too much of a climb. Good views. Saw where someone tried to mine in the past. 0.6mi — 0h 20m

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