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blue Sunset Trail (Stonebridge Section)

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Trail

2.1 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 503' 153 m
Descent: -210' -64 m
High: 830' 253 m
Low: 531' 162 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

Dogs

No Dogs
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Trail shared by Mikhaila Redovian

A scenic extension of the Sunset Trail, passing a beaver pond and the Gulpha Gorge campground.

Mikhaila Redovian

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek

Family Friendly Passing various ruins will excite young imaginations.

Description

The southern portion of the Sunset Trail is a beautiful way to explore this end of the park. Parking access for this segment is available at the Gulpa Gorge Campground, and the trail begins to the north.

In the first portion of the trail, visitors will almost immediately begin a climb. While not terribly steep, the grade is consistent and strenuous. After about a half a mile, the trail will level out, and the journey will get a bit easier. Visitors will be traveling along the Old Gorge Road, which sits above the road currently in use. From here, the trail will descend to Hwy 7. Carefully cross the road, and pick up the trail on the other side.

On the northwest side of the road, the trail resume, and passes the interesting stone remnants of an old generator mill. While the ruins are fun to look at, please do not climb on them. The trail will then move close to Stonebridge Rd., which it will parallel until Ricks Pond. The pond is one of the most scenic stops along the way and is a great place to look for waterfowl, frogs or beavers.

Continuing on, the trail climbs away from the pond, headed mostly north. the route will be well shaded in this portion, and visitors will appreciate the cooler temperatures. This trail eventually ends at a junction with the longer Sunset Trail. From there, it is possible to take the Sunset Trail either east or west, or visitors can return to their cars the way that they came.

Flora & Fauna

Near the pond, beaver, heron, warblers, frogs and other aquatic animals can be seen.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Hot Springs

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May 11, 2019
Holly Christie
Finished hike — 12h 45m
Apr 22, 2019
Catherine Kirby
Nov 20, 2018
Mary Hiney
Oct 6, 2018
Melissa Cavet
Sep 4, 2018
Mobolaji Laja-Akintayo
W/ best friend Jarett
Sep 1, 2018
Logan Hunt
4.2mi
Jul 30, 2018
Michael Rohall
2.1mi — 1h 15m
Mar 14, 2018
Stephanie Freeman
1.1mi

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