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Celebrate National Trails Day: Ron Coleman Trail

  • Jun 4, 2011 · 5:00 AM

Saturday, June 6 is National Trails Day. Unfortunately because of fire danger, there are no/few events in southern NM/west Texas. So, let's make our own.

The Ron Coleman Trail goes along the top of the Franklin Mountains from McKelligan Canyon to Smuggler's Gap (where Transmountain Road connects east & west El Paso). A short 3.8 mi, the trail is difficult: there is no shade (we must start early, and requires some 40 feet of rock climbing/scrambling. You definitely feel like to accomplished something for the day doing this trail.

Expect to finish no later than 10–11 am.

Meet at:

  • Las Cruces: East of Pan Am Center parking lot at 5 am
  • El Paso: Smuggler's Gap trailhead at 5:40 am

From there, we'll figure out shuttling and head over to McKelligan Canyon to start the hike.

We need at least 2 vehicles; if there's insufficient interest I will cancel Friday evening.

More details/etc forthcoming.

Addtl. information:

  • Trail map on OpenStreetMap

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  • Michelle

    Yubao, you wanted me to take your photo at the window, but I didn't have your email address to send you them personally, so I posted them here.

    June 6, 2011

  • renee s.

    this my second time doing this hike and it is still great! my friend val
    (slow and steady) also enjoyed it.

    June 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a fun trail and nice half day trip with a good small group of people.

    June 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    i'm new in town so is the meeting place on NMSU?

    June 3, 2011

  • Samat

    Just to point out: if you're a rock climber, the rock climbing bit is nothing. It's challenging if you're a flat-ground desert hiker. There are assist chains (via ferrata) to help you climb too.

    June 3, 2011

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