Schaeffer Shuffle Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews

Schaeffer Shuffle Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles
698 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching


wild flowers


over grown


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.

1 day ago

My family and I hiked it today. Took an hour at our pace. Not too many people. This is the main access to the longer biking trails so be alert for bikers on the descent. Fun hike for us. Ascent leaves your blood pumping at the end. Good time for us.

4 days ago

Short trail. Not my favorite in the park.

15 days ago

Not too difficult, path well indicated, nothing special to see, not much trafics. Toilet available at trailhead.

1 month ago

Well marked trail with some elevation. Went with my daughter, 12 year old granddaughter, and her dog. They completed the trail with no problem. Make sure you take some water - no brainer, but be safe - even on short trails.

2 months ago

A nice lollipop trail. The stick of the lollipop is not that exciting, but the loop part is worthy.

4 months ago

Combining the Schaeffer Shuffle trail with part of the Lower Sunset trail, as I did today, makes the trip more interesting. You add just 1.3 miles and you enjoy fantastic vistas.

7 months ago

Easy trail. no shade. so the earlier the better

9 months ago

Very nice trail, not too long not to steep, with wonderful views of the Franklin Mountains. You walk near a beautiful small canyon contemplating a nice landscape.

9 months ago

Really fun, want to do this one the other way around. perfect morning with a little overcast then finished up on lower Sunset trail.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Very easy to get off course. If you’re like us, you’ll take the first right which will eventually lead you into a gravel valley area. We went right up the crevasse (instead of out, like I believe was intended). We tracked it using the app and made our way back out to the normal trail but not before some rock climbing through mild vegetation. Either way, it was very cool and the views were great. Might be harder for small children due to the intense climb back up the hill at the end.

Monday, February 26, 2018

We are beginner hikers with four small children (ages 4, 3, 2 and 1). This trail was definitely difficult for us, but the view at the top was breathtaking and we made it to the end!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A bit challenging if you are over 70 and recovering from a fractured femur. I don't think this would be suitable for children under 8.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The trail seemed longer than it was. The 8 and 10 yr old struggled in places and we had to take lots of breaks. The way back up to the camp site/restrooms was the hardest after the trail. 8 yr old was mad and crying! Saw no one on the trail. The view was nice but most of the cacti have died along the way.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Went right, counter counter clockwise through the loop and missed the trail going north and had some fun working my way through the little valley to the right of the trail, which involved a little light rock climbing, and getting around some thorny bush and cactus. Went off trail again heading back, luckily I had my phone to get me back on course.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Holy cow! This was harder than I thought but the view was nice

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A pleasant surprise, especially when the late summer rain brings all the wildflowers into bloom!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Had some difficulty finding the trail head (it's behind the restrooms), and we wandered off course once or twice, but overall a great hike. Used the app to stay on course after the first detour. No shade and several steep slopes to climb.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Great example of local terrain. On a cool, overcast day this is a perfect hike. I didn't run into anyone, and the elevation change, while relatively small, gives a nice little kick. End of the loop isn't great, as the trail gets a bit obscured.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nice trail, not very long, not very steep, specially to hike with the family. This time I did it with Natalia, my granddaughter. Although it was a windy winter day, and that at the top of the mountain the wind was stronger, it was not impediment to enjoy the walk. We only had to take care when we walked down by the zig-zag trail, rocky in some parts. Back to the point where we started, we rested a little sitting on the benches that are on the dirt road, and enjoyed the beautiful views of the Franklin Mountains.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Moderate hiking trails with some nice views of the mountains.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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.

Monday, March 14, 2016

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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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.

Friday, June 27, 2014

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.

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