WATSP - Trans-Franklin Mountains South

El Paso, TX
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Hike from N. Stanton St to the Wyler Aerial Tramway parking lot over the ridge.

From the parking area, climb the trail to the water tank. Follow the trail east from the tank and up hill. The trail will turn right around the arroyo, then right again and downhill. The trail will continue on the road around a left curve. DO NOT take the trail going uphill to the poles. At a 4 way intersection at 0.8 miles look for a narrow trail on the left that proceeds straight up the spur to a rock house far up the spur. Follow that trail up to the rock house. At the rock house, go to the left around the rock house, then find the trail continuing up the spur. At 1.45 miles you come to a fork joining the Wyler Ridgeline Trail #1. Take the fork left (north) and continue climbing the ridge. At 1.90 miles you reach the B-36 Overlook. Look into the arroyo to the NW to see the wreckage. At 2.0 miles you reach the ridge. Follow the main trail down the east-side spur to the Wyler Aerial Tramway parking lot.

Return via reverse route.

From the junction of US-54 and I-10 go west on I-10 until it curves right (north). Continue north on I-10 until you reach Executive Center Blvd and exit right. Continue on Executive Center Blvd to Mesa St and turn right. Turn left (east) on Brentwood Ave and go all the way up until it ends at Stanton St. Turn left and follow Stanton St to the parking lot on the top. Walk up the paved road up the hill to the trailhead.

Wyler Aerial Tramway SP. (915) 566-6622

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This hike is right behind where I live so it's pretty accessible for me. It's a nice part of the Franklins that's doesn't really receive too much attention; which I like. It's quite beautiful in the Fall after we've received rain. The trail can also be accessed from the Palisades entrance which makes the hike a bit longer but it's a beautiful hike. Watch out for bicyclists, especially when coming from SE trailhead. The ridge is also a great place for harvest moon or full moon viewing.

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