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Sunset

Intermediate
 3.8 (5)

A varied trail climbing through high altitude forest to the summit ridge of Mt. Elden.


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4.7

Miles

7.6

KM

Point to Point

9,140' 2,786 m

High

8,058' 2,456 m

Low

1,488' 454 m

Up

486' 148 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

50%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

From Schultz Pass, the Sunset trail climbs gently through dense mixed conifer and aspen forest in the Dry Lake Hills. With increasing altitude, open meadows give lovely views back toward the San Francisco Peaks. The trail climbs over a ridge and passes the signed intersection with the Brookbank Trail (which can be used to form a loop back to the trailhead). A quick descent leads to a wooded saddle where there is an intersection with the Little Bear Trail. Beyond this point, Sunset climbs, steeply at times, to the high ridgeline of Mt. Elden. Watch for mountain bikers in the "Hobbit Forest" - a rock garden that offers a technical test for experienced riders. At the ridgeline, there are wide open views to the east of Flagstaff over the slopes of Mt. Elden, burned by the Radio Fire. Numerous promontories offer good look-out points. The Sunset trail eventually ends at an intersection with the Elden Lookout Trail near the mountain's summit.

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Almonzo Wilder

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 5 votes

#4

in Mount Elden

#12783

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#4

in Mount Elden

#456

in Arizona

#12,783

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Photos

SF Peaks from meadows on top of Sunset.
Mar 25, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
Autumn
Mar 18, 2019 near Flagstaff, AZ
View from the Sunset Parking Lot. Schultz Creek Trail heads out from here.
Aug 17, 2017 near Flagstaff, AZ
View from the Sunset Parking Lot. Schultz Creek Trail heads out from here.
Mar 26, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
Sunset Trail with Mount Elden in the background
Sep 22, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ

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Charles Paige
Jul 14, 2019
Michael Brooks
Road to trail is closed
Dec 11, 2017
Rachel Phifer
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Nov 2, 2017
Margaret P
Jun 26, 2017
Austin Bush
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Jun 28, 2014
Leah Savery