Las Cruces people can meet at the Pan Am parking lot at 8:30
2nd meeting point at 9:30 at the summit trailhead of Transmountain road, this is just East of the pass.
(fee area for Franklin mtn st park)
Hike from here, or option to leave shuttle cars here and drive to McKelligan canyon trailhead at other end
of the trail, I estimate if we do this we would start around 10).
Trail gains 2000 ft elevation and is close to 4 miles. Both ends of the trail head uphill.
I understand there are a set of handrails that cover a quite steep section of trail.
There is access to S Franklin peak nearby from the top of the trail. (I havent been here yet!)