2.3 miles
Distance
207 ft
Climb
-860 ft
Descent
00:31:25
Avg time
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    Land Manager

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 (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
    #12040 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #15685 in Trail Running
    • #42545 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 65 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
    00:31:25
  • Avg reverse time
    01:03:20
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Status:
on Oct 27, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.75 (26 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Sunset (Upper) Trail Reports

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      Oct 27, 2022 @ 5:33pm
      Oct 27, 2022
      Lots of trees down, counted 19 in total
      Jun 4, 2022 @ 7:24am
      Jun 4, 2022
      May 18, 2022 @ 4:10pm
      May 18, 2022
      Thanks AZ. Good May rides.
      Sep 1, 2021 @ 7:03am
      Sep 1, 2021
      The rain had made the trail pretty ideal for riding, with only one puddle. Everything from the switch-backs and down is in very good condition but...
      Sep 1, 2021 @ 7:03am
      Sep 1, 2021
      The rain had made the dirt very nice for riding (only 1 puddle). Nothing is washed away and but there’s a few chunky stop after you pass heart...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 32 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 7 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      All
      • 45 rides
      • Last: Dec 3, 2022

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      Sep 30, 2021 @ 4:59pm
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      Sep 30, 2021 @ 4:59pm
      Sep 30, 2021

      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Stevewrong (Nov 9, 2021 at 20:16)
      Very nice trail from the intersection with upper oldman down. Above upper oldman was quite the challenge.
      [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.
      [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
      enduromtb21 (Apr 30, 2020 at 20:09)
      Yes it finally opened
      [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]
      • + 0
      enduromtb21 (Apr 20, 2020 at 13:28)
      Why is the trail closed?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Thomasbenko (May 9, 2018 at 10:53)
      Very dry, some small rocks, branches. Those are tough!
      [Reply]





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