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Thunderbird Bypass

Intermediate/Difficult

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0.7 mile 1.1 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -263' -80 m
High: 4,877' 1,487 m
Low: 4,614' 1,406 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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A short alternate route along the Franklin Mountains' western foothills.

Brendan Ross

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Part dirt access road and part singletrack, this segment is an option for hikers looking to bypass Thunderbird's poorly-maintained southern section. The trail splits off from Thunderbird and Down and Out at a water tank, descending southwest towards the suburbs. Near the end of the access road, the trail turns south and becomes singletrack, crossing the aforementioned arroyo itself and passing two more water tanks.

The remainder of the trail is somewhat rocky and uneven, on par with many other Franklin Mountain trails. Cacti grow close to the path in this segment, and sometimes in the middle of it, so watch your step. The Bypass connects back up with Thunderbird near a rock cairn.

Flora & Fauna

Your typical Chihuahua Desert vegetation, sotols, yuccas, acacias and cacti. Birds and rabbits

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Mar 24, 2017
Jean-Claude Linossi
Another very rocky trail on the west side. Good views. 0.7mi — 0h 45m

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View of the arroyo and the Franklin Mountains
Mar 18, 2018 near El Paso, TX

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