Summary: From the parking area, climb the road 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 right to get to the tramway.
Return via reverse route.
Trailhead: 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. (Lat:31.80727 Lon:-106.49901)
Trail Guides for FMSP - Thousand Steps Trail.:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Franklin Mountain SP - 915-566-6441. Wyler Aerial Tramway SP. (915) 566-6622
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 LSG on 2/9/2014
Initially we took the trail next to the trailhead and had to bushwhack towards the jeep trail once we climbed up from that trail. It would have been easier to start by the water tank. Next time. Biggest challenge was going up towards the shack and then up towards ridge. They have placed stairs from the natural rocks that make it easier to go up and then come down. EASY is relative, maybe less hard. Weather was great, we met several hikers on the trail. I personally would not take little ones on this trail but great for teens.
Reviewed by KWL on 8/8/2010
Was a good quiet hike. A must in the evening or early morning especially if you have little ones (mine was on my back!). Will definitly be hiking it again, soon!
Reviewed by Richard on 8/1/2010
A very easy walk along the jeep trail. Then a very hard climb up to the rock house. But well worth it for the views of downtown El Paso and Juarez, ASARCO and Mt. Christo Rey, among others. My three grandsons really got a good workout. Next time we plan on getting to the tramway!!
Reviewed by sg on 4/24/2009
At the end of stanton, a small looping road goes all the way up to a water reservoir. The door to the reservoir was closed when i reached, but u can see another access to the trail after u haul yourself up the barrier. Then the trail is pretty ez to follow, goes up, then right and then left again looping around the arroyo. There is a trailhead vertical marker right at the point where the trail gets rocky. From here u have to go up to a small rocky cabin. Keep your eye on the rocky structure. also look for orrange cloth ties on the scrub to help with dieretions. The trail then starts on left of the cabin, and there are some stairs on the way. Took 90 mins to reach rangers peak and took the trolley down where wife picked me up.
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