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Trenchtown Road

Intermediate
 2.0 (2)

A rugged, rocky doubletrack spanning the northeast side of Franklin Mountains State Park.


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2.2

Miles

3.6

KM

Point to Point

4,780' 1,457 m

High

4,240' 1,292 m

Low

540' 165 m

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Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

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Description

Spanning almost the entire width of Franklin Mountains State Park's east side, Trenchtown Road connects the flatlands to the foothills trails. Although signs indicate its status as a recognized state park trail, Trenchtown is unmaintained and in mediocre condition. Cardiac Hill and The Maze trails to the south are better options heading the same direction.

The route is a moderately rocky doubletrack, another of the former jeep roads found in the area. Despite the golf ball to softball-sized rocks, finding a line isn't too difficult. A few sections of erosion damage and sand add to the challenge. The trail starts at the southeast corner of Levee Loop, heading off to the west from the end of Fence Line. After a few hundred feet, the path crosses Lazy Cow and is marked by a large sign, marking the official beginning. For nearly a mile, the trail is an unchanging, straight line towards the west. A cattle gate can be found partway through; it is unlocked, but a short diversion around the right is faster than opening and closing it.

Eventually, Trenchtown forks at a large sandy arroyo. Two wooden posts mark a damaged sign indicating the beginning of Rockshock Road to the right, while Trenchtown continues to the left. After a brief steeper segment up a slippery section, the trail smooths out a little, but still remains rockier than most other area routes. Red dirt, washed down from the rhyolite of the cliffs ahead, starts to appear underfoot. Stay left at another large washout crossing, and look for rare desert grass growing around the trail as it approaches the foothills.

Polecat Alley splits off to the east as the trail nears a small hill. A tiny cave can be found on the shortcut to the right soon after. The main path turns south briefly, dead ending into Old Tin Mine Road. No sign marks the trail on this end, but the wide path is easy to spot if beginning from the western side.

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Shared By:

Brendan Ross with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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Beginning of trail on east side.
Sep 9, 2018 near Westway, TX
View of Franklin Mountains from the trail
Sep 9, 2018 near Westway, TX
View of North Franklin Peak
Sep 9, 2018 near Westway, TX
Looking west from the trail
Apr 19, 2018 near Westway, TX
Looking west from the trail
Apr 19, 2018 near Westway, TX
Looking west from the trail towards the Franklin Mountains
Apr 20, 2018 near Westway, TX

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Sep 9, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Fairly easy trail going towards the mountains. There are many loose rocks on the trail making the hike somewhat more difficult. 2mi — 0h 45m