Loop 6 Lower Sunset Trail is a 11.7 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 year-round.
To get to the beginning of this trail, once in the Franklin Mountains State Park, Tom Mays Unit, go to the end of the paved road. There is plenty of parking space there. You start your journey at the road behind the restroom building. You will go down and you will find the intersection to the Schaeffer Shuffle Trail. Continue on the main trail. Latter on, you will find another intersection that is the return from the Shuffle. Keep going until you find the third intersection to your right. Then, you are at the beginning of a big loop conformed by 5 smaller loops numbered 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 with their respective shortcuts. You have to consider that the portion you already walked is part of Loop 1. Once in Loop 2 just follow the trail. The trail is mostly visible. Most of the maps that we have seen do not show the right hand part of Loop 6, but the trail is there. In fact the whole right hand part of the trail runs parallel to the Lower Sunset Trail and eventually will connect you to the Northern Pass Trail . Please be aware that the last part of the Loop 6 uses the arroyo as a trail. This trail features very nice desert views, plants, some small rocky canyons and a few wild flowers. With the coming rainy season, this trail will be in bloom very soon. This is a long trail but one advantage available is that you can cut your walk, at your convenience, by using the shortcuts.