South Franklin Mountain is a mountain summit in the Franklin Mountain Range located in El Paso, Texas. It stands within the confines of The Franklin Mountains State Park and is owned and operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
South Franklin Mountain climbs to 6,791 feet (2,069.90 meters) above sea level. While shorter and less visited than its neighbor to the north, North Franklin Mountain, South Franklin Mountain still gives visitors a challenging hike and wide views of El Paso and into New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Trans-Mountain Road/Loop 375 is a major roadway in El Paso, Texas which dissects the Franklin Mountains connecting the east and west sides of the city. South Franklin Mountain looms up directly south of this highway while North Franklin Mountain stands watch to the north.
South Franklin Mountain is easily recognizable when viewing the mountain range from El Paso as only the jagged, rocky peak, a stark comparison to the seemingly smooth and polished North Franklin Mountain. South Franklin also features several FAA Towers on the summit which helps make it distinct to onlookers when one is close enough to make them out.
Getting ThereThere is only one route to the top, The Ron Coleman Trail, which starts at McKelligon Canyon and ends on Trans-Mountain Rd. See the full description under the Routes tab.
Red TapeSouth Franklin Mountain is part of the Franklin Mountins State park and is owned and maintained by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. No permits are required, but there is a fee for entering the park (currently $4 for persons 13 and older).
When to climbSouth Franklin Mountain can be climbed year round. El Paso has a semi-arid climate with very hot summers (with little or no humidity) and mild, dry winters.
Temperatures range from an average high of 55 F (13 °C) and an average low of 28 °F (-2 °C) in January to an average high of 97 °F (36 °C ) and an average low of 68 °F (20 °C) in August. The city's record high is 114 °F (45.5 °C), and its record low is -8 °F (-22 °C).
The sun shines 302 days per year on average in El Paso, 83 percent of daylight hours, according to the El Paso Weather Bureau. It is from this that the city is nicknamed, The Sun City.
Rainfall averages 8.74 inches (223 mm) per annum, most of which occurs during the summer from July through September. El Paso, at 3,800 feet elevation, is also capable of snow, but it is rare.
Franklin Mountains on Wikipedia
South Franklin Mountain on Mountain Zone
Franklin Mountans State Park official website
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
City of El Paso official website