T’was the Hike Before Christmas

Schaeffer Shuffle Trail - Wear your Santa hats!

When Dec 08, 2013
from 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where Franklin Mountains State Park
Contact Name Adrianna Weickhardt
Contact Email
Contact Phone (915) 566-6441

Must have reservation to participate.  Please call:  (915) 566-6441

Sunday, December 8 -  ($8.00 – this is the entrance fee + activity fee)

Start:  9:00 a.m.

Length: about 2.5 miles / 2 - 2.5 hours 

*Difficulty Level: Steep initial descent down old jeep road; transition to relatively well maintained trail with technical sections into the canyon, leveling out along the ridgeline, then another steep and technical descent down the backside before becoming an easy leisurely stroll down the trail. We’ll reconnect with the old jeep road and have one final steep ascent back up to the start of the trail.

Bring:  Water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, hiking stick, camera, binoculars, a map and dogs are welcome on leashes! 

Schaeffer's Shuffle takes a hiker deep into the canyon and arroyo for a pleasant excursion - an escape from the city sounds, yet within the city limits, this hike is great to get the feeling that you are fully removed from civilization.  Learn about the history of the uses of the land and the Franklin Mountains such as ranching, tin mining, and as a pathway to distant destinations.

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, but you’ll actually pass it, make a u-turn then enter on the right.  From Eastside on Hwy 54, exit Transmountain Rd, travel west 7 miles over/thru the mountains, Park entrance will be on the right.

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