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Franklin Mountain Loop

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The toughest 26.1 mile loop in the area.


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25.2

Miles

40.5

KM

50%

Singletrack

5,871' 1,790 m

High

4,330' 1,320 m

Low

3,282' 1,000 m

Up

3,263' 994 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

There are countless stunning views around this loop.

Need to Know

This 26.1 mile loop is suitable for experienced riders only. There are a lot of steeper with loose big rocks and difficult switchbacks on the way.

Bring tons of water. It is NOT a three hour bike ride. Bring extra bike tubes and come prepared for possibly a 6-8 hour bike ride with tiring legs at the end.

Description

From the parking lot, the ride starts out on Lower Sunset Trail. This is a nice ride on high ridge cliff. Riders should be very cautious with several small sized boulders/rocks and cactus plants on the sides.

After Lower Sunset Trail, continue on the Bike Loop. This is a very rocky trail with several technical areas.

Next up is Northern Pass where you'll climb on a gravel trail and then up some very steep and difficult switchbacks with boulders/rocks until you reach the top of the pass.

After a brief connecting segment on Hitt Canyon Loop, you'll come to Sotol Forest. This is a fun singletrack with several obstacles (boulders/rocks) to work with but overall it is very rideable.

After Sotol Forest, get ready for Mundy's Gap East. This is the most difficult climb of the loop. The views from the top are worth it!

Finally, the loop concludes on Mundy's Gap West. The road is wide and grade steep. It is rideable most of the time up and down. Riders should be careful as they near the end of trail which is littered with countless large boulders, and most will want to walk this section to the paved parking area of Tom Mays Park.

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Shared By:

Rogelio Fernandez

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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Photos

Great views all along this trail
Nov 5, 2016 near Westway, TX
Natural Arch near Mundy's Gap Road
Feb 21, 2014 near Canutillo, TX
Mundy's Rock Garden
Feb 24, 2014 near Canutillo, TX
Evan Plews climbing Mundy's Gap on his way to winning the 2013 Puzzler race.
Feb 28, 2014 near Canutillo, TX
Mundy's Gap Ascent
Feb 26, 2014 near Canutillo, TX
Tom Mays Bike Loop
Feb 26, 2014 near Westway, TX

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May 5, 2019
Orlando Mendoza
That was the toughest 25 miles of my life. 25mi — 4h 50m
Jun 7, 2018
Christian Mannsfeld
Tough ride on single speed at the end. The ride sucks you in, with beautiful flowy terrain the first half, then it gets steeper and looser after that 26.2mi — 3h 52m