Schaeffer Shuffle Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, TX that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Easy hike through desert canyons and washes. Start downhill from the trailhead. Several plants are marked with signs, and benches are provided to rest on at several points on the hike. Proceed 0.43 mi downhill to the junction marked with a sign. Take the trail left. Follow the trail into the canyon, up over the hilltop, and back down and around into the main valley. When you rejoin the main trail at 1.90 mi, follow it southeast and up-hill, past the previous junction, and back up to the starting point.
We have done this trail several times. This time in August 2015 instead to complete the loop, we took the Shortcut #2 and the Lower Sunset Trail, we hiked about 6 miles. Schaeffer Shuffle is a short trail that goes up around a small mountain and you hike near the canyon. It is easy, when you go down, you just have to walk with care, but not difficult. We did not see people hiking this trail, that help us to enjoy the quiet environment. The views of the canyon and the Franklin Mountains are beautiful, we enjoyed a lot. If you want to to do a short trail with the family Schaeffer Shuffle loop is a very good option, but not in the summer time.
I think this is a great hike. Short enough that you can do it in under 2 hours, but you still feel like you get into the mountains. I like variety of terrain.
Today was 2nd time attempt for this trail since we got lost and hiked 11 miles last Saturday. I was determined to find out where we missed the marker. We founf marker 43 and went through trail but at the dry riverbed we couldn't decided which direction to go. so we back tracked and decided to go to counter clockwise. Same problem when we reached the dry riverbed, we couldn't figure out which way to go. Very disappointed. I wish there is better mark for trail to follow.
This is a pretty decent hike but overall it isn't as nice as many of the other trails in the park. I was also the only hiker out in the late morning, it seemed the majority of visitors take to Mundy's Gap and the Cottonwoods that go to the east side of the park. If you want a quiet and peaceful hike this is certainly the ticket.