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Peak Challenge Hike

8:00a to 2:00p
Sat, February 01, 2020
(915) 566-6441

Test yourself against some of the most difficult hikes in the Franklin Mountains State Park.

This month we will hike to North Franklin Peak beginning at the W. Cottonwood Springs trailhead. This is a very strenuous hike of about 8 miles. It begins with a gradual incline over scree, or rubble, proving to be challenging for some; then transitions to a steady climb over loose rubble/rocks. Continue to meander across the ridgeline to the highest peak in the park, North Franklin Peak!  Bring your camera, the views are unbelievable with a 360 perspective of our region –with views of Mexico, the City of El Paso, and into New Mexico. 

Reservations required; to reserve your spot, call the office at (915) 566-6441.

Bring: water (I recommend 2-4 litters), snacks and/or a sack lunch, hiking boots/shoes, and comfortable clothes.

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

*Hikers with less than 1.5 litters of water or inadequate gear will not be allowed to attempt this hike*

Meeting location: West Cottonwood Springs trailhead in the Tom Mays unit. When you enter Tom Mays, stop by the booth and let the Ranger on duty know you are part of the hike. This is where you will pay the fee. Continue down the road and take the first right. The parking lot is at the end of the road. 

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

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 "Tom Mays Access Road," not "Franklin Mountains State Park."