Summary: From the trailhead start climbing up. Follow the trail until you reach the ridgeline at 0.88 miles. At this point the Directissimo Trail joins the Ridgeline Trail #1 to the Tramway Platform. At 1.00 miles you will reach the B-36 overlook. If you look down the mountain to the west you will see parts of a B-36 crash site from 1953. See the FMSP-B36 hike for more info. From this point the trail switch-backs up another 0.75 miles to the Wyler aerial tramway Platform on Ranger Peak. If you bought tickets for the ride down, catch the tram down when you are ready. Or hike down for free on the same trail - reverse route.
Trailhead: From the junction of US-54 and Fred Wilison Road go west on Fred Wilison Road until it curves left (south) and becomes Alabama Street. Continue on Alabama Street about 0.75 miles to McKinley Street. Turn right (west) on McKinley Street and go all the way to the parking lot on the top. Check in with the rangers at the ticket booth and get tickets for the ride down before hiking up. (NOTE: If you hike back down, there is no charge). Park at the far (NORTH) end of the parking lot. The trailhead is at the NW corner of the lot. Check in and out with the rangers before leaving. (Lat:31.81056 Lon:-106.47869)
Trail Guides for WATSP - Directissimo Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Rangers - Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park. (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 JL on 1/17/2011
This is the first trail that I've hiked in a long while, and had a lot of fun. It was pretty quick, and the views are great!
Reviewed by Viewer on 11/22/2009
Excellent trail markings, very steep climb but the views are fantastic at the top. Totally worth doing again.
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