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FMSP - Indian Peak

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Highlights:

Hike to a high mountain lookout point.
Near:El Paso, TX
Scenery:
Distance:6.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:2715 ft
Hike Time:5 hours
Difficulty:Strenuous
Trail Condition:Poorly maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back



Summary: Follow the main trail. At 0.58 miles there is a junction. Follow the main trail left. At 1.22 miles there is a wooden bridge. At 1.68 miles you arrive at Mundys Gap. Continue down the east side to the next junction at 2.2 miles. The sign shows the proper direction. Follow the trail to the right. From this point follow the trail to the saddle at 2.87 miles. At the saddle, turn left toward Indian Peak, and buswack your way to the peak. It is very steep, but mostly good footing the last 1000 feet. NOTE: Dogs have made this hike, but there is much loose rock on the trail.
Trailhead: From the junction of I-10 and Trans-Mountain road, go east on Trans-Mountain road 3.8 miles. Turn left at the park entrance. Stop and pay the park fee at the gate, or proceed to the ranger booth as the signs direct. Once past the ranger booth, proceed into the park and turn right at the first paved road going right. Follow the paved road to the parking lot at the top. The large wooden sign board is the trailhead. (Lat:31.91673 Lon:-106.50913)
Trail Guides for FMSP - Indian Peak:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Texas Parks and Wildlife, Franklin Mountain State Park. (915) 566-6441
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted  71 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by DWL on 1/3/2006
An important word of caution -- Indian Peak is inside the Army's former Castner Firing Range and officially off-limits to the public. Most of the hike is through the Franklin Mountains State Park, but the peak is outside the park. I've done it, and from the looks of the graffiti on the old aluminum hut on top, so has everyone who ever attended Irvin or Andress High Schools. But there could be unexploded ordnance in the area. In a grass fire a few years back in the lower, flatter, part of the range, 43 explosions of old ordnance occurred.


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