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Sunset Trail #90

Intermediate
 4.5 (2)

A fun singletrack right off Catalina Highway that connects to Marshall Gulch & many Lemmon trails.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

Point to Point

7,743' 2,360 m

High

7,426' 2,263 m

Low

58' 18 m

Up

363' 111 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

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The Sunset Trail is popular particularly in the summertime as it's higher up Mt. Lemmon and connects hikers to the Marshall Gulch area without having to drive all the way up through Summerhaven. It's a common parking/starting point for visitors as outings can also easily head the other direction to the top of Bigelow via Bear Wallow under the road, or visitors can also head to the Butterfly Trail. Additional parking also exists across Catalina Highway near the Butterfly Trail.

From the Sunset parking area, head west down the hill on the dirt road. Before long, you'll reach an intersection with another road. Head straight across it to the singletrack pretty much directly ahead which then winds left up a gentle slope. The rest of the trail is pretty much straightforward all the way until crossing the creek right before the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area. There you'll find a bathroom and both the Lower Aspen Trail #93 and the Marshall Gulch Trail #3.

There's reasonable tree cover for a good portion of the way while other sections are more exposed. Coming back from Marshall Gulch is definitely much more uphill, but it's pretty scenic the entire way.

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Stephen Woodall

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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in Mt. Lemmon

#7279

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in Mt. Lemmon

#213

in Arizona

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Running along boulders of the Sunset Trail.
Aug 29, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ

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Aug 24, 2019
hdjohnson
Nice views down upper Sabino Canyon. Out-n-back 3mi
Apr 10, 2019
Nicole Thompson
1.2mi
Apr 29, 2018
Corina Harvey
1.9 from parking area on Catalina Highway to parking area in Marshall Gulch, about an hour in either direction. 1.9mi
Nov 12, 2017
Teri Rios
Nov 19, 2016
Jeff Mooney