Mundy's Gap West

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Rank: #4 in the Franklin Mountains State Park area
#13 in TX, #1,435 Overall
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Trail in the area near Canutillo,
“This old road is the Mundy's Gap West trail with the infamous "rock garden" scree field”
Stu Chaffey on Mar 4, 2014
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1.72.7 milesKilometers 17’5 m Ascent 5,876’1,791 m High 10% Avg Grade (6°)
Doubletrack Type -865’-264 m Descent 5,028’1,533 m Low 23% Max Grade (13°)
Description
To begin descending the 850 vertical drop in this trail, begin at the top of the scenic Mundy's Gap. The trail is actually a bulldozed road, one of those that in the 1970s galvanized public opinion against development and led to the establishment of Franklin Mountains State Park.

The road is wide and the grade steep but mostly rideable. Some sections are eroded. It is quite reasonable to ride up this road as well as down--it's a great workout.

The half-mile section between the trailhead and the junction with Agave Loop is a very rocky arroyo. Near the top is the infamous "Rock Garden". This scree field of loose softball to volleyball sized boulders will test the nerves of even the best riders. Riders should be extremely careful here, and many will want to walk this section.

The trail ends in one of the paved parking areas of Tom Mays Park.
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PHOTOS of Mundy's Gap West
  3.3 from 3 votes
Mundy's Rock Garden (El Paso, TX)
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View from Mundy's Gap (El Paso, TX)
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Use care in this washed out section. (Canutillo, TX)
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Mundy's Gap overlook. Compare to winter photo near the same spot. (Canutillo, TX)
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Looking down towards the scree field in the valley. Most of the trail is... (Canutillo, TX)
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Looking west towards Tom Mays and El Paso. Grades are steep but the grav... (Canutillo, TX)