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.
- 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.
- Trail map on OpenStreetMap