FMSP - El Paso Tin Mines

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Hike to the only tin mines ever in the USA.

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John C Kohaut (460)

13 Completed11 Reviews

Easy trail up to the Tin Mines. The mines are pretty extensive but nothing crazy and most of the dangerous spots have guard rails up.

G Q (69)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Never found the mine after hiking for 15 miles. Never again.

Glenn Stewart (467)

6 Completed5 Reviews

I started off from Tom Mays side of the mountain making this hike a long and more appreciating. Once I got to the Tin Mines we took a break from the sun before we went spelunking. The caves are very dark I wish I got more pictures but didn't have enough light. It was a very awesome experience though, more people need to know about the hidden treasure our mountain has to offer. So if you take this trail you can start from different paths, starting from Tom Mays is a long hike so make sure you are in good condition and fit to hike up the mountain, down, explore tin mines, then hike back up the mountain and down to Tom Mays side.

Matthew Graham (445)

6 Completed4 Reviews

Moderate trail of amateur hikers. Nice hike through the low foothills of the Franklin mountains with an interesting history, The trail is clearly marked and equipped with good signage. The weather will determine a lot of difficulty due to lack of cover on the trail, so plan accordingly. The tin mines themselves are all covered with grates with prevents you from descending into them, however, I'm sure an adventourous spelunker can find away into them.

Vincent Cortigiano (157)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Easy and well marked. The ground is really soft in some places so your going to have to walk the bike at times.

Matthew Springer (4471)

47 Completed34 Reviews

A nice, relatively easy hike that is well marked with many small trails branching off in many places before you reach the mountain base. The mines are located just north of the split at Mundy's Gap; you will see the rectangular grates on the side of the mountain left of the trail. For those with adventurous children, don't let the distance discourage you, keep to the main trail and just look for the mine grates.

Warren Rovira (119)

2 Completed1 Reviews

This is an easy and fun trail that the entire family can enjoy. The hike to the mines is not hard at all, maybe long for the youngsters. You need to pay attention to the land marks because you can miss the entrance to the mines. This is a comfortable route shared between cyclist and hikers.

Chris Nash (78)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Nice and easy hike to the mines. A little disappointed with the depth that you could actually go into with the mine but defiantly worth the hike up to it. Had signs regarding the trail and the trails that branch off and intersect with it.

Bekah Gee (798)

32 Completed24 Reviews

This is a really neat place to go! It takes awhile to figure out how to get there (at least for me it did). There is kind of a maze of trails that all lead from from the Jon Cunningham Blvd trail head to the general direction of the mines so study the Mao carefully before you go.
Also, the mines are accessed from what looks like a little goat trail off the main one. They are fun to go poke around in but bring a bright flashlight, it gets pitch black the further you go in.

Ted Brennis (931)

17 Completed5 Reviews

Tough climb up to the tin mines, but the ride down is a lot of fun. There are some good switchbacks on the Blue Moon trail. Very bumpy. Pick up a trail map at Crazy Cat Cyclery.