Women’s Hike to West Cottonwood Springs

January 16, 2016
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tom Mays Unit (GPS: Tom Mays Access Road)

Franklin Mountains State Park
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Adrianna Weickhardt
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This is a great opportunity for females of all ages who may feel some apprehension or fear about the activity of hiking. Join in on the fellowship and camaraderie of an all female group, learning the basics about safety and hiking in the desert. Join us for a guided hike along a scenic trail through canyons up to the spring and a grove of Cottonwood and Choke Cherry Trees - Moderate/Difficult hike.

PLEASE NOTE: * Must have reservation to participate. Please Call: (915) 566-6441, Mon. through Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • If you later decide not to attend, please call to cancel your reservation Monday through Friday so we can open your spot to those on our waitlist.

  • Minimum of 5 persons for tour to go.

Fee: $8.00 per person/$3.00 for pass holders/Free for Children 12 and under

Meet at Tom Mays Unit – West Cottonwood Springs trailhead

Start: 10:00 a.m.

Length: 2-3 hours, 2 miles.

Difficulty level: Moderate - difficult. Begin with a gradual incline over scree, or rubble, proving to be challenging for some; then transition to a steady climb over loose rubble/rocks. At the summit of this hike we’ll cross a small wooden bridge where we encounter the towering Cottonwood Trees, a continuously dripping spring and an ecosystem all its own!

Bring: Water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes/boots and green accessories; optional: hiking stick, camera, binoculars, a map.

At the Tom Mays Unit of the park - Directions: From Westside on I-10, take exit 6 & travel east towards mountains for 3.8 miles, Park entrance will be on the left. From Eastside on Hwy 54, exit Transmountain Rd, travel west 7-7.5 miles over/thru the mountains, Park entrance will be on the right. Due to the construction along hwy 375, the park no longer has any sign for the park entrance. A good point of reference or marker to assist you is the truck runaway ramp on the right side of the hwy as you travel West; as soon as you notice the ramp, begin looking for the slow down lane to turn right. Please use extra caution as you will need to slow down quickly and the slowdown lane is short.

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