Hikes and Trails in El Paso, TX

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Scenic Sunday Two Ways in El Paso, TX

Scenic Sunday Two Ways

  • 3.70 miles
  • 375 ft

On Sunday mornings, Scenic Drive in El Paso is closed to motor vehicles. Walkers, bikers and runners have the place all to themselves. OK, this is all on pavement, so it's really just a walk. Once you're comfortable with this walk, maybe you'll be ready to go off-road....

Palisades Canyon Loop in El Paso, TX

Palisades Canyon Loop

  • 2.80 miles
  • 790 ft

In 2010 the El Paso Public Service Board purchased Palisades Canyon from private owners and made this frequently used hiking and biking area officially open to the public. This loop goes up the old jeep road on the side of the canyon before looping around and back down on singletrack trails with vi...

Crazy Cat Thru Hike in El Paso, TX

Crazy Cat Thru Hike

  • 2.60 miles
  • 430 ft

This El Paso hike takes you between Crazy Cat Mountain and the Franklins. There are several side trails to add distance or change the route. Along the way are close up views of beautiful desert terrain and distant views of El Paso, Juarez and southern New Mexico. The trip shown is a one way - go ...

Old Tin Mine - Polecat Lollipop in El Paso, TX

Old Tin Mine - Polecat Lollipop

  • 5.20 miles
  • 480 ft

This a great ride or hike when you've graduated from the easy stuff and want a little more elevation gain. From Chuck Heinrich Park, enter the Franklin Mountains State Park and start up the Old Tin Mine Trail, go right on Polecat Alley (1.8 miles from starting point), left on Blue Moon (2.8 miles f...

Schaeffer Shuffle and More in El Paso, TX

Schaeffer Shuffle and More

  • 4.00 miles
  • 950 ft

This loop hike in the Tom Mays Unit of Franklin Mountains State Park provides you with an up close look at some of the higher terrain and more beautiful arroyos in the park. You'll start at the trailhead at the top of the road in the park, descend quickly down an old dirt road and then loop around ...

Directissimo to Thousand Steps in El Paso, TX

Directissimo to Thousand Steps

  • 2.60 miles
  • 1165 ft

This beautiful trail travels right up and over the Franklin Mountains in El Paso near the Wyler Aerial Tramway. The trail has recently been improved - there are even benches strategically placed all the way up the east side of the mountain. The trail up from the east side is known as Directissimo ...

Ron Coleman Trail in El Paso, TX

Ron Coleman Trail

  • 3.50 miles
  • 3500 ft

This very difficult hike along the spine of the Franklin Mountains is not for the faint of heart. It starts in McKelligon Canyon and goes up to the ridge before following the ridgeline all the way to Transmountain Road. It is a difficult and dangerous hike that should only be attempted by prepared a...

North Franklin Peak in El Paso, TX

North Franklin Peak

  • 8.10 miles
  • 2400 ft

This difficult hike starts at the Mundy's Gap trailhead in the Tom Mays Unit of Franklin Mountains State Park. First you'll go up 2 miles and thru Mundy's Gap. Then you start down the other side of the mountains for about a quarter mile before turning right and starting the long slog to the peak....

South Franklin Peak in El Paso, TX

South Franklin Peak

  • 3.60 miles
  • 1600 ft

This strenuous hike up from Transmountain Road offers great views of both the east and west sides of El Paso - often at the same time. You may lose sight of the trail from time to time, but if you look around and keep going up you'll find your way. It tops out at the FAA towers at South Franklin P...

South Franklins Ridgeline in El Paso, TX

South Franklins Ridgeline

  • 9.40 miles
  • 2900 ft

This hiking route goes along the ridge line of the Franklins from Transmountain Road to Scenic Drive and includes the Ron Coleman Trail. This is a beautiful hike with stunning views of El Paso, southern New Mexico and Chihuahua - all at the same time. It's a long, strenuous route that is not for t...

Thousand Steps and Ranger Peak Loop in El Paso, TX

Thousand Steps and Ranger Peak Loop

  • 5.04 miles
  • 1998 ft

This strenuous hike goes from the base of the Franklins near Crazy Cat Mountain and takes you all the way to the platform of the Wyler Aerial Tramway. Along the way you get views of first the west and then the east side of El Paso, plus looks into Chihuahua and New Mexico. Why use the tram to get ...