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Mundy's Gap West

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This old road is the Mundy's Gap West trail with the infamous "rock garden" scree field


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1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

Doubletrack

5,876' 1,791 m

High

5,028' 1,533 m

Low

17' 5 m

Up

865' 264 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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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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Shared By:

Stu Chaffey

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Photos

Mundy's Rock Garden
Feb 24, 2014 near Canutillo, TX
View from Mundy's Gap
Feb 21, 2014 near Canutillo, TX
Mundy's Gap overlook. Compare to winter photo near the same spot.
Dec 12, 2015 near Canutillo, TX
Use care in this washed out section.
Dec 12, 2015 near Canutillo, TX
Looking down towards the scree field in the valley. Most of the trail is like this: old doubletrack that is steep and gravelly.
Dec 12, 2015 near Canutillo, TX
Looking west towards Tom Mays and El Paso. Grades are steep but the gravel surface is very rideable.
Dec 12, 2015 near Canutillo, TX

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