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Sunset

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 4.6 (15)

Varied riding with smooth forested singletrack, ridgeline vistas, and steep technical sections


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Map Key

4.7

Miles

7.6

KM

Singletrack

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

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Description

Sunset is a trail with two distinct personalities. The softer side of Sunset is from Schultz Pass to the intersection with the Little Bear Trail. It's a moderate cruise that climbs through shaded conifer forest over a small saddle, where beautiful views of the SF Peaks can be had.

Beyond Little Bear, Sunset gets serious as it climbs to the main ridgeline of Mount Elden. The "Hobbit Forest" is a steep technical rock garden set in an aspen forest. Past this, the trail stays near to the summit ridge, where there are big views to the east toward the Painted Desert over the slopes burned by the 1977 Radio Fire.

Contacts

Shared By:

Almonzo Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 15 votes

#2

in Mount Elden

#674

Overall
  4.6 from 15 votes
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Trail Rankings

#2

in Mount Elden

#36

in Arizona

#674

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Photos

Autumn
Oct 14, 2016 near Flagstaff, AZ
SF Peaks from meadows on top of Sunset.
Jun 9, 2013 near Flagstaff, AZ
View from the Sunset Parking Lot. Schultz Creek Trail heads out from here.
May 17, 2013 near Flagstaff, AZ
Upper Sunset, to the Hobbit Forest.
Sep 2, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
The "Hobbit Forest" section of Sunset Trail.
Sep 2, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
The Sunset Trail with Mount Elden in the background.
Dec 12, 2016 near Flagstaff, AZ

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Jul 4, 2020
Seth Peterson
3mi
Nov 21, 2018
Patrick Woods
Pedalled up and back - didn't do the final section. All clear and rideable. An excellent descent! Rough and chunky here, high speed flow there! 7.6mi — 1h 30m
Oct 22, 2017
Evan McNiel
Oct 31, 2016
Patrick McCarthy 1
Oct 18, 2016
Michael Turner
Fun but tough little ride. Nursing an injury so walked more than I normally would.
Oct 26, 2013
Roger Esson
8mi
Jul 19, 2003
Tom Fraser