Sunset Arch is a 1.4 mile round trip hike with 550 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 17 miles east-northeast of Mesa Arizona. The trailhead is car accessible. February and January are the best months to enjoy this hike. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.
Sunset arch is on the west side of Sunset Butte(Peak 2625), facing the Apache Trail but the arch can not be seen from the Apache Trail. Sunset Butte is the first prominent Butte north of First Water Road on the east side of the Apache Trail, south of Little Four Peaks. An off trail bushwhack offering wonderful views of the Superstitions and Goldfields, particularly in the late afternoon sun.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.