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Tom Mays Trail

Easy/Intermediate
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An easy trail connecting to several interesting routes through Franklin Mountains State Park.


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2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

Point to Point

5,021' 1,531 m

High

4,636' 1,413 m

Low

502' 153 m

Up

133' 41 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Tom Mays Unit is open from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Off-hours access is permitted and is via a small parking area at the gate off of Transmountain. Overnight camping is available.

A ranger station, usually only staffed on weekends in the warmer months, is located a mile inside the entrance. Adult entrance fees are $5 per person, or $2 in groups; children 12 and under are free. When the station is not staffed, use the pay box next to the station.

Description

Running the length of the Tom Mays Unit access road, the Tom Mays Trail is a good alternative for users who wish to avoid pavement, with connections to every trail in the Northwest Franklins.

The trailhead is located at the park entrance off of Transmountain Drive, just to the right of the main sign in the small parking area. The path begins as an old dirt access road, generally paralleling the paved road to the north. At the half mile point, the dirt road veers off to the right and the trail continues as singletrack. The next half mile is a steady but easy climb up a hill near the ranger station.

The rest of the trail is generally flat, crossing roads and parking lots with access to other area trails. Mundy's Gap, Agave Loop, the Nature Trail and Aztec Caves all split off over the next mile. Use caution in the section across from the park service maintenance building, as the trail is eroded and easy to lose.

The trail ends in the middle of the access road loop, near the trailheads for Upper Sunset, Lower Sunset, and Schaeffer Shuffle.

Flora & Fauna

Expect typical desert flora and fauna: cacti, sotols, yuccas, sumacs, an abundance of wildflowers in the spring and after summer rains, rabbits, and birds.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brendan Ross with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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Photos

Looking South on the trail
Jul 8, 2019 near Westway, TX
Physeria and Franklin Mountains
Apr 3, 2020 near Westway, TX
View of Upper Sunset ridge from the trail
May 3, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
Barrel cacti and view of Franklin Mountains
Apr 3, 2020 near Canutillo, TX
Looking east from the trail towards the Franklin Mountains
Mar 11, 2018 near Canutillo, TX
View of Mundy's Gap and Mexican Poppies
Jun 9, 2020 near Canutillo, TX

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Aug 8, 2020
Irma Chiarello
Nov 14, 2017
Jean-Claude Linossi
easy trail to walk . Have hiked this trail with my dogs. 2.6mi — 1h 30m