ElevationAscent: 220' 67 m
Descent: -97' -30 m
High: 4,702' 1,433 m
Low: 4,553' 1,388 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A scenic and moderately technical trail through dense West Texas sotols.”— Brendan Ross
True to its name, Sotol Forest is surrounded by the sharp yuccas characteristic of the West Texas desert, along with lechugillas, cacti, and other plants. In some cases, they will grow out into the trail, so step cautiously - their leaves can be very sharp and sturdy.
Around the mile mark, the trail makes a short, easy climb to a nice viewpoint of the east side of El Paso. It then crosses an arroyo and cuts west, circling a scenic canyon. The last section is a little smoother than the first mile, but still features some rocky areas. Sotol Forest ends at a three-way intersection with Rock Shock and Scenic Road. Signs mark all three trails.
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Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park