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El Paso County
Franklin Mountains State Park Trail - El Paso
If you are comming in from the west on I-10 get off on the Transmountain Dr. exit heading North towards the Mountain for about 1.5 miles. The park entrance is on the left and you cant miss it. All of this is on El Paso's West side so if you are comming in from the East you will have to drive through town staying on I-10 all the way. The park offers several trails ranging from beginner to advanced. Very rocky terrain as these are the Rocky Mountains. Splendid scenery and lots of snakes. Take plenty of water between March and September as the heat will do a number on you. Park opens at 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Inquire will local shops as to night rides with the borderland mountain biking association. Cost is 2.00 per bike and 2.00 per person unless you are a member of the MBA in which case it is just 2 bones.
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- The trails here are very rocky with sections going through sandy terrain. Good knobby tires are helpful. I cant stress enough to bring enough water especially during the summer. The heat is intense and it will make you puke if you push to much! Snakes should always be on the back of your mind so if you stop for a rest beware. My frind had a rattler strike at him while going around 15 miles per hour. Luckily it missed his leg and instead bit his Son of Strong Arm crank (ouch of the snake!). How do we know? Its poison was all over that baby! DO NOT FORGET THE SLIME IN YOUR TIRES!!!!!!! Around here cactus, Spanish Daggers, and all sorts of thorny plants have a say in who makes it and who does'nt. Overall, the trail is maintained quite nicely but beware after our in and out rain storms(the usually last about 10 to 20 minutes if were lucky) but when they are done the sun comes back out, the birds are chirping, and the trail can sometimes be wiped out with runaway rock and debris. Dont sweat it, you've got a mountain bike remember! The sunsets kick ass when your on the trail up on the mountains so enjoy! Singletrack=85% Dirt Road=15% The Chuckster a 26 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Specialized Rockhopper A1 Fs from El Paso, Texas
Posted on 06/20/97