2.3 miles
Distance
207 ft
Climb
-860 ft
Descent
00:27:43
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Sunset (Upper) Trail

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    Land Manager

Sunset (Upper) Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    MEDL (Mount Elden Dry Lakes)
    Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Ref Number
    23
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #4381 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 45 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

A fun, and often times, fast trail. Lower Sunset is easily ridden in both directions and is a Blue. Upper Sunset is primarily downhill and has some Black sections. Upper also houses Hobbit Forest and The Catwalk, two well known iconic sections of trail.

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More Stats for Sunset (Upper) bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -653 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,422 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,156 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,075 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,422 ft
  • Grade
    -5.3%
  • Grade max
    -42.2%
  • Grade min
    37.7%
  • Distance climb
    3,031 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    682 ft
  • Avg time
    00:27:43
  • Avg reverse time
    01:01:21
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Status:
on Jul 25, 2021
Variable
Avg: 4.7 (24 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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      Sunset (Upper) Trail Reports

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      Jul 25, 2021 @ 8:38am
      3 days
      The upper unburned section is in ok shape but the hobbit forest and anything down from the intersection with new heart was impacted by recent...
      May 10, 2021 @ 8:49am
      May 10, 2021
      Apr 3, 2021 @ 9:33pm
      Apr 3, 2021
      Significant deep snow making trail finding impossible north of the Heart intersection.
      Dec 6, 2020 @ 9:26pm
      Dec 6, 2020
      One tree down just a little bit after things start getting fun. Not bunny hopable unless you got some serioussss skill. Otherwise running nice and...
      Nov 13, 2020 @ 10:02pm
      Nov 13, 2020
      Still has a couple inches of snow on it. It’s still rideable just it was a little hard to know where the trail went but still fun!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 3 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 25 rides
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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Thomasbenko (May 9, 2018 at 10:53)
       Very dry, some small rocks, branches. Those are tough!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      enduromtb21 (Apr 20, 2020 at 13:28)
       Why is the trail closed?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      ponderosatrey (Apr 21, 2020 at 12:40)
       @SethyMcclue The museum fire scorched the area and it is closed for the foreseeable future
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      enduromtb21 (Apr 30, 2020 at 20:09)
       Yes it finally opened
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      WinDiesel (Sep 12, 2020 at 16:37)
       Great trail north of the Oldham Intersection. Not worth doing the southern/top section. More of a hiking trail than a bike trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Escottimilhizer (May 15, 2021 at 10:04)
       This trail is fantastic. It’s fast, rocky and slightly technical. I spent the last two weeks riding all around Vegas, Gooseberry Mesa and Sedona and this was my favorite trail of the trip. If you like flow mixed with a little rowdiness, this trail is for you.
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