Directissimo to Thousand Steps

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 and the the way down on the west is Thousand Steps (for reasons that will become obvious when you are on it). The hike is shown as a shuttle, starting at the tramway parking lot and ending near North Stanton Street at Kenyon Joyce, but you can obviously hike it back and forth.

Ride Info

  • 2.60 miles of Singletrack
  • 1165 feet
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Elevation Profile

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How to get there:

Park in the Wyler Aerial Tramway parking lot on the east side of the Franklins at 1700 McKinley, just off of Alabama. The road to the tramway is closed when the tramway is not open (Tuesday and Wednesdays and some holidays). Their phone number is (915) 566-6622.