Thousand Steps and Ranger Peak Loop

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 to the top when you can have the satisfaction of hoofing it up!

The route shown goes up the the Thousand Steps trail and then loops around Ranger Peak to the tramway tower overlook using the Jackaloop and Directissimo trails. On the way down we came straight down the mountain from the rock line shack that's about 2/3 of the way up.

The most difficult part to navigate is where to turn off of the two-track trail that you're on for the first mile. At exactly the one mile mark you'll come to a "t" intersection. At this spot the trail is a bit difficult to see going left (up). Go up here and look for a trail turning right about 100 feet up from the intersection.

Ride Info

  • 5.04 miles of Singletrack
  • 1998 feet
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Elevation Profile

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How to get there:

The Thousand Steps Trailhead is just uphill from the Camelot Condominiums at 4800 N. Stanton. There's a dirt parking lot and trail sign just beyond where the pavement ends.