Peak Challenge: Ron Coleman Trail

Peak Challenge: Ron Coleman Trail

September 30, 2023
7:00 AM - 12:30 PM
McKelligon Canyon Rd, El Paso, TX 79930

Ron Coleman Trailhead at Smuggler's Pass
$5 for adults 13 years old and up; $0 for Texas State Park Pass holders and children 12 and under. Please purchase your day pass ahead of time online at as our Rangers and guides are unable to make change.
Contact Name:
Lydia Pagel
Contact E-mail Address:
Contact Phone Number:
(915) 444-9121

Join a Park Ranger for a strenuous hike in what we consider the toughest trail in Franklin Mountains State Park! Your hard work pays off with spectacular views, “fun” challenges, climbing 4 sections of chains over steep 10 -20ft rock walls, and of course the right to say you conquered the Ron Coleman Trail.

Bring: Water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes/boots; optional: hiking poles, camera, binoculars, etc.

Hikers with less than 1.5 litters of water or inadequate gear will not be allowed to attempt this hike

Length: 4 miles / 4 - 6 hours

*Difficulty Level: Strenuous and technical. This is by any measure NOT an EASY hike. From the trailhead we will venture into the canyon on a well maintained section of trail; once we reach the incline, the trail becomes increasingly steep, with trail becoming more rugged in sections.

Ron Coleman Trailhead at Smuggler’s Pass (Meet on Transmountain Road side, then carpool to Ron Coleman Trailhead at McKelligon Canyon)

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