Over the past couple of years, I’ve been pushing for more “epic” length trails in El Paso. Robert Newman has helped my dream come true by linking up a lot of single track to form a loop around the Franklin Mountains that will be entirely inside the state park. This loop will be about 75% single track with 2 mountain passes. The final sections are now coming together. Jen and I went out last weekend to hike the newest section. He did a great job laying it out as it is much higher on the mountain than I expected it to be. So the views are spectacular. Hiking through the Franklins without trail is a nightmare. I used a walking stick and my shoulders and neck have been stiff all week. Jen’s calf got stabbed pretty good a couple times by lechugia. Two miles of trail took us 4 hours to hike.
Here are some of the views from our hike.
This is going to be an awesome trail, but it’s going to take many volunteer hours to get it finished in time for next year’s Puzzler. Anyone who puts in time on this trail will definitely be rewarded with an excellent trail.
We were thoroughly impressed with Robert’s driving skills. He took his jeep up Hitt wash past the trail. He then came back and put his jeep on the edge of the wash at the trail junction. For a video of him getting off the edge, click here.