2.3 miles
Distance
207 ft
Climb
-860 ft
Descent
00:33:00
Avg time
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Sunset (Upper) Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    MEDL (Mount Elden Dry Lakes)
    Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Ref Number
    23
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (3 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
    #12040 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #15685 in Trail Running
    • #42545 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 50 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) multi-use 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
    00:33:00
  • Avg reverse time
    01:03:20
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on Oct 27, 2023
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Avg: 4.6 (30 votes)
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      Sunset (Upper) Trail Reports

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      Oct 27, 2023 @ 1:44pm
      Oct 27, 2023
      Fallen tree cleared. The trail is running great.
      Oct 21, 2023 @ 12:19pm
      Oct 21, 2023
      Down tree on the switchbacks
      Sep 1, 2023 @ 8:41pm
      Sep 1, 2023
      Pretty standard Elden, a little loose, but overall very rideable with good speed.
      Jul 23, 2023 @ 5:47pm
      Jul 23, 2023
      Very dry and dusty. I attempted to ride up from Little Bear to Heart. Not worth it as the rock gardens are impossible to ascend. Use the Lookout...
      May 25, 2023 @ 10:15am
      May 25, 2023
      From the upper oldham trail head and down from there is great. Haven’t ridden the part from the towers yet
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 3 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
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      • 56 rides
      • Last: Nov 23, 2023

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