2 miles
Distance
207 ft
Climb
-860 ft
Descent
00:54:33
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Sunset (Upper) Trail

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
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • 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
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 55 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
  • 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
    00:54:33
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Status:
on Aug 3, 2020
Very Dry
Avg: 4.75 (23 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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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Sunset (Upper) Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Aug 3, 2020 @ 12:04pm
      16 hours
      Still very dry...watch for snakes
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 7:31am
      Jun 13, 2020
      Very dry, loose and deep powder. Sad to see it after the Museum fire. I hope the Hobbit forest comes back like before.
      May 15, 2020 @ 1:46pm
      May 15, 2020
      Trail has had a few additional erosion control features added to it. It's riding well, even in the burn area. It'll be interesting to see how it...
      May 3, 2020 @ 10:36am
      May 3, 2020
      Apr 29, 2020 @ 8:21pm
      Apr 29, 2020
      2 small snow patches farther up. Burned section actually fared well! Happy this is open again
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 6 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 13 rides
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      Photos

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      41 |
      May 4, 2020 @ 6:27pm
      May 4, 2020
      47 |
      May 4, 2020 @ 6:26pm
      May 4, 2020
      51 |
      May 1, 2020 @ 11:36am
      May 1, 2020
      | 1 comments
      95 |
      Aug 13, 2019 @ 9:30am
      Aug 13, 2019

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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Thomasbenko (May 9, 2018 at 10:53)
       Very dry, some small rocks, branches. Those are tough!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag enduromtb21 (Apr 20, 2020 at 13:28)
       Why is the trail closed?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag ponderosatrey (Apr 21, 2020 at 12:40)
       @SethyMcclue The museum fire scorched the area and it is closed for the foreseeable future
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag enduromtb21 (Apr 30, 2020 at 20:09)
       Yes it finally opened
      [Reply]

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