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Franklin Mountain State Park

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Very rocky, no-pack, sand. Singletrack and road mix. Very challenging to improbable climbing in spots with some very fun downhill. A lot of hike-a-bike for most riders but a lot of fun. Nice views from Upper Sunset.
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Latitude
31.913118941395805
Longitude
-106.5176010131836
Trail Directions
Take Trans-mountain road up the mountain to Tom Mays Park on the West side of the mountain. Park sign only readable when approaching from the West so watch for turn-off to your right when coming from the other side of the mountain.
Trail Length
16.7 miles total according to map
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
El Paso
State/Territory/Province
Texas
Zip/Postal Code
79930
Country
United States
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Review Date
August 18, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kinsler ,  Racer

Summary:
So the state park actually includes two sections that are independently reviewed on mtbr. The west side of the state, also know as Tom Mays, includes lower sunset which is a rocky 6 mile plus singletrack with some steep technical uphills and when ridden north one of my favorite sections of trail in the area. From the end of lower sunset you can continue north which has several cut offs. If ridden all the way north you can then continue on the northern pass trail to the east side of the park (Chuck Heinrich). From there you can ride back over to the west side by climbing up Mundy's Gap.
These trails are technical and rocky. If you don't run tubless expect flats.

Recommended Route:
For a true epic start at the Redd Rd trailhead and ride across Trans-mountain to Tom May's Unit, then hop on lower sunset and ride over the Northern Pass down into Chuck Heinrich section. Choose your loop there, but eventually ride up Mundy's Gap and back down into Tom May's. This is anywhere from a 35-50+ mile ride.
Alternatively ride out on lower sunset then take loop 2 around and back on lower sunset.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Redd Road trails, Dona Ana in Las Cruces



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kinsler (08/18/2012)
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Review Date
October 10, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Guitar Ted ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Franklin Mountain State Park trails in the Tom Mays Unit are rocky, technical, and very challenging. If you are not from the area,or if you are not from an arid area, it is advisable to bring more water than you think you'd ever need, and plan on doing less than more of these trails. Bringing a buddy is advisable, although I ride these solo when I go. This could be a dangerous trail if care and attention isn't taken. Did I mention it was rocky? Very much so, and the plant life lining the trail is full of thorns waiting to gash you. Be careful! Otherwise it is top notch desert mountain biking. Highly recommended.

Recommended Route:
There are two main trails with several cut-off opportunities between the two. Or- you can just do the entire loop, as mentioned here previously. Named Lower Sunset Trail, this is the one to start on if you are new here. Cut offs can take you back to Upper Sunset loop in three easy to find places, but do take a map, it is easy to miss things out here if you don't pay attention. A map really helps. (Available at the Rangers Station as you enter) Trails are up and down, but only a couple extended climbs, (which are difficult), and going will be slow due to the technical nature of the route. Upper Sunset gets a bit more technical towards the end. Recommend a full suspension bike here, (although I've done it on a hard tail). Tubeless tires or tubes with sealant a must.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rangers told me that there is a new, multi-switch backed trail going to the top of the mountain now and another that crosses over the mountain from the west to east now. I did not have time to explore these last time I was there, (March 2010), but I plan to next year.



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Review Date
February 27, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ROAD WARRIOR ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A mountain biker's mountain bike trail. Won't be doing any day dreaming on this trail. Lots of loose rocky steep sections. Not to many fast flowey sections, and they end abruptly. Lots of wash crossing and some wash riding. As stated by others ( big tires,stans or lots of patches, full sup. A 29er would be really great here. Overall a great intermediate to advanced trail.

Recommended Route:
Full loop, clockwise. While trail can be ridden either direction , clockwise puts the big climb on double track. Although not on the map trail continues behind the pay booth. This section is tight and twisty.
5 short cut trails if you find yourself over your head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dona Ana trails in Dona Ana NM (30 miles north) These are great more beginner friendly trails.



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Review Date
November 8, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Licey ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail with a lot of variety. There are a few uphill sections during the first part of the ride that need maintenance as a lot of loose rock has washed down from all the rain we received this summer. Beginners will be walking a lot of the uphill, mainly due to the loose rock.

Recommended Route:
The 18 mile loop is the most fun. Nice uphill at the end.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Redd road trails, Northeast trail



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Review Date
December 13, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Heckler10812 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very nice maintained trail, i would recommend doing the long loop, although the long loop is 18 miles or so I wish they would add more trails to the VAST land they have there !!!!

Recommended Route:
I-10 transmountain

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go across the road ( transmountain ) and ride double the amount of trails that they have in the park but are not maintained, but it is mtn.biking so rough isnt bad either.........



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