The Monk's Trail

El Paso, Texas

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I want to tell you about the Monk’s Trail. This is gonna be most people’s favorite trail in the Franklin Mountains. Even though they’ll probably have to buy new tires every couple of months or so (this places chews the lugs right off). This is all fine, high desert single-track; steep, loose, treacherous, wicked, and fun. The area in question is actually part of Crazy Cat Arroyo Park and the surrounding Franklin Mountains. Start at the tennis center, then ride the arroyo, then cross Robinson into the areas of Monk’s. If you know where to look you will find Anna’s Trail, the Colombian Connection, Spanish Fly, and all the mysterious treats of Monk’s. You can ride some fast, steep stuff on single-track, and blast through the arroyos on all that loose rock. We are talking major babyheads here, folks. You had better chow down your Wheaties, because you will use every inch of suspension you have and all the skills you thought you had. In typical Franklin Mountain fashion, there are connectors to side-loops all along the way. I would say the whole area probably has over ten miles of super-challenging singletrack.
Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

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Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

by Chuck Cypert (Menasha Ridge Press)

I want to tell you about the Monk’s Trail. This is gonna be most people’s favorite trail in the Franklin Mountains. Even though they’ll probably have to buy new tires every couple of months or so (this places chews the lugs right off). This is all fine, high desert single-track; steep, loose, treacherous, wicked, and fun. The area in question is actually part of Crazy Cat Arroyo Park and the surrounding Franklin Mountains. Start at the tennis center, then ride the arroyo, then cross Robinson into the areas of Monk’s.

If you know where to look you will find Anna’s Trail, the Colombian Connection, Spanish Fly, and all the mysterious treats of Monk’s. You can ride some fast, steep stuff on single-track, and blast through the arroyos on all that loose rock. We are talking major babyheads here, folks. You had better chow down your Wheaties, because you will use every inch of suspension you have and all the skills you thought you had. In typical Franklin Mountain fashion, there are connectors to side-loops all along the way. I would say the whole area probably has over ten miles of super-challenging singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: El Paso
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Year-round; summer can be very hot
Trailhead Elevation: 3,900 feet
Top Elevation: 4,600 feet
Local Contacts: Franklin Mountains State Park
Local Maps: USGS Smeltertown, El Paso
Driving Directions: Directions to The Monk's Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

1/3/2011
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Great trail. One hell of a climb to the top (C Road). Went from around 3957 feet to 4550 feet at the summit. The cave on the road is kinda cool as well. All in all, a fun trail, will definetly do it again. :)



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May 2018