Gilbert's Trail The Southside

El Paso, Texas

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At one point, out there in the desert, you pass a shrine. In typical Catholic style it is often adorned with candles and flowers, but the neat thing is how it is just carved into solid rock on the side of a hill, right by the trail. Stop and pay your respects, even if you’re not the religious kind. As I sit here in Tyler State Park, trying to use my old piece-of-crap laptop, in the dark, to make notes on Gilbert’s Trail, I wonder at the world. It is raining like a big dog. We were supposed to have a race this weekend, but I blew that off for another day and headed east. I fired up my old tape of the ride on Gilbert’s and tried to start a fire. That’s when the rain began to fall in earnest. And that’s where I will begin to tell you about the best trail in El Paso. I don’t know for sure who Gilbert is, but my thanks to him for his labors. This is the best trail in El Paso County.
Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

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Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

by Chuck Cypert (Menasha Ridge Press)

At one point, out there in the desert, you pass a shrine. In typical Catholic style it is often adorned with candles and flowers, but the neat thing is how it is just carved into solid rock on the side of a hill, right by the trail. Stop and pay your respects, even if you’re not the religious kind. As I sit here in Tyler State Park, trying to use my old piece-of-crap laptop, in the dark, to make notes on Gilbert’s Trail, I wonder at the world.

It is raining like a big dog. We were supposed to have a race this weekend, but I blew that off for another day and headed east. I fired up my old tape of the ride on Gilbert’s and tried to start a fire. That’s when the rain began to fall in earnest. And that’s where I will begin to tell you about the best trail in El Paso. I don’t know for sure who Gilbert is, but my thanks to him for his labors. This is the best trail in El Paso County.

©  Chuck Cypert/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: El Paso
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Year-round; summers are very hot
Trailhead Elevation: 4,100 feet
Top Elevation: 4,800 feet
Local Contacts: Franklin Mountains State Park
Local Maps: USGS Smeltertown, Canutillo
Driving Directions: Directions to Gilbert's Trail (The Southside)

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