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Last Sunday Hike - West Cottonwood Springs

7:30a to 10:30a
Sun, August 28, 2022
Diana Moy
(915) 444-9100

Join a park ranger on a guided hike through the Western foothills of the Franklin Mountains.

This hike is a moderate 3 mile loop. It begins with a gradual incline through a well maintained trail to wide open vistas to the west. At the paragliding launch site the trail becomes a narrow track cutting across a north facing slope and through a draw to the spring overshadowed by a large Cottonwood tree and surrounded by wild plums. The return trip travels down over scree, or rubble, proving to be challenging for some.

Reservations required; to reserve your spot, call the office at (915) 444-9100.

 

 Bring: water, snacks, hiking boots/shoes, and comfortable clothes.

 

 Optional: binoculars, hiking stick, camera, and a map.

 

 Meeting location: Meet at the West Cottonwood Spring Trailhead. When you enter Tom Mays, stop by the Visitor Center and let the Ranger on duty know you are part of the hike. This is where you will pay the fee. Take the first right after passing the booth and find a parking space. 

 Fee: $8 for adults 13 years old and up; $3 for Texas State Park Pass holders; $1 for children 12 and under. 

 Directions:

From Westside on I-10, take exit 6 & travel east towards mountains for 3.8 miles. Park entrance will be on the left. 

From Eastside on Hwy 54, take exit 29 towards Transmountain Rd, travel west 7-7.5 miles through the mountains. Park entrance will be on the right.

If using a GPS be sure to search for "2900 Tom Mays Access Road," not "Franklin Mountains State Park."