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Sunset Arch, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Superstitions NW
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,182 feet
Elevation Gain 446 feet
Accumulated Gain 550 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.15
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Perennial Creek & Peak
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19  2018-12-27 adilling
7  2012-12-06 sventre
6  2011-11-26 AZLOT69
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,879
Routes 15,958
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Sun  7:05am - 6:15pm
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Likely In-Season!
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.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Apache Trail(Hwy 88) 2/3 mile east of Needle vista. The road curves sharply to the right and then sharply to the left. This is the trailhead at this corner. There is room for three cars on the shoulder. An old access road goes up the hill. This is the start. The Butte is directly in front of you.
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