Late notice (the best kind of notice?) cross-post w/ El Paso Ridgewalkers/Hiking Meetup.
We'll be visiting 3 different springs in north section of El Paso's Franklin Mountains: West Cottonwood (park mainstay), Mundy's, and East Cottonwood (a bit off-trail). We should be able to catch fall colors changing in each location.
DISTANCE is ~6 mi round-trip.
ELEVATION GAIN is 1000 to 2000 ft
FEES: $5/person for entry into Tom Mays Unit. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: Finish by mid to late afternoon.
PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash), and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so.
SKILL LEVEL is *NOT* beginner friendly, but not particularly difficult otherwise. No whiners!
TERRAIN is loose rocky trail, off-trail on mountainside, etc.
MEET for carpool at:
- Las Cruces: 7:00 am, in/outside Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).
- El Paso: 8:00 am, Mundy's Gap parking lot at Tom Mays Unit. If coming from Interstate 10, because of construction, you will need to pass the entrance to the park and do a U-turn. Detour signs should be posted, so be aware of them.