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Schaefer Spring Loop Trail - Eastbound
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Mount Charleston Area, Lovell Canyon
Schaefer Spring Loop Trail
Schaefer Spring Trail
Schaefer Spring Loop Trail (view NW from Lovell Canyon Trail)

Overview

The Schaefer Spring Loop Trail is a fairly easy loop in the little visited mountain area south of Griffith Peak and Harris Mountain. The pinyon-juniper forest burned many years ago, so the view is unobstructed and provides grand vistas up and down Lovell Canyon, but surprisingly, there are no views of springs.

The Schaefer Spring Loop Trail is a horseshoe-shaped loop off the top of the loop portion of the Lovell Canyon Trail. This trail is short, only 1.6 miles, but it takes a total of 7.1 miles to do it from the trailhead.

This trail is described in detail westbound (starting on the east end), but here are posted photos useful for hikers heading in the other direction: starting on the west end and traveling eastbound (actually north, east, and then south back to Lovell Canyon Trail).

Link to Area Map or Hiking Map.

Schaefer Spring Trail
Across the wash, trail climbs onto the side of a low ridge (view NW)
Schaefer Spring Trail
Trail climbs gently along the side of a low ridge (view NW)
Schaefer Spring Trail
Trail runs along ridge top towards east side of low ridge (view N)
Schaefer Spring Trail
Trail runs along east side of slope (view N)
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Trail runs across hillsides ...
Schaefer Spring Trail
... contouring into every gully (view N)
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Schaefer Spring Trail
Short bit of steeper trail (view NE)
Schaefer Spring Trail
Approaching highpoint on the trail (view NE)
Schaefer Spring Trail
Highpoint (view NE towards Harris Saddle)
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From highpoint, trail begins to drop towards Lovell Wash (view E)
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Traversing the flash flood zone (view SE)
Schaefer Spring Trail
Trail climbs onto hillside, then switchbacks down hillside (view SW)
Schaefer Spring Trail
Trail runs down along gully towards Lovell Wash (view SW)
Schaefer Spring Trail
Trail on hillside above Lovell Wash (view S)
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At edge of Lovell Wash, trail crosses flash flood debris to ridge
Schaefer Spring Trail
Cairn half-way across the flash-flooded wash (view SW)

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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