The Palisades Canyon Loop is in the Franklin Mountains State Park at El Paso Texas. The entrance is located close to the Scenic Drive. There, you will find a network of trails and roads. We visited this loop two times this month. On our second visit we improved our original experience. For our walk, we selected some of the already established trails, trying to make the loop as lengthy as possible. The idea was to create a loop starting at the E. Robinson Ave., connect to the trailhead that is at the end of the Stanton St., climb the nearby hill and back to were we started. In the second visit we went to the very end of the loop at the traihead named Thousand Steps Trail, near the Stanton Street. About the mile 2.2 from E. Robinson trailhead, following the map, you have to turn to your right, but the trail is not clear, so you have to choose the best point to walk by the hill and intersect with the trail that takes you directly to the Stanton Street. We returned by the Thousand Steps Trail as is shown on the map. Almost about to complete the small loop we turned to our right, a cairn is there, and went down by the trail on the hill. This part of the loop trail, which goes around the network of trails, exists but is not shown on the map. In our way to the top of the nearby hill, we walked close to a small rock canyon. For us this was the highlight of the trip. Then we continued our journey toward the E. Robinson Ave. This is an easy trail but it is a good example of the typical Franklin Mountains surroundings, and we think best represents the complete Loop at the Palisades Canyon.
Love this trail! It's my favorite trail in El Paso, since it's close to town short and "action packed" It has a little bit of everything, good challenging climbs and descents but all in all a very good mix that you can ride in approximately about an hour depending on your speed. Let me warn you even though it's a short trail still take lots of water with you you never now what's going to happen. And this is no beginer trail as well so if you don't think you're up to the task dont do it.
Its quite challenging, it has some demanding slopes uphill, Mid level, and one that is Mid High level, with large rocks.
The descent is long and amazing. Watch out for for some hills that need some expertise level, and strongly suggested to walk them down (From a rookie point of view)