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Sunset Trail #23 - FlagstaffFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2014
hikerdw
Hiking7.01 Miles 1,651 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   3 Hrs      2.55 mph
1,651 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Quick loop hike in the Dry Lake Hills. Drove up the Mount Elden Road and parked at the Sunset/Upper Oldham junction. I read that the road was closed at the Rocky Ridge Trail junction but there was no barricade so I just kept going up. Road conditions were really good. The highlight of this short hike was crossing paths with a large black bear off the Sunset Trail between the Heart and Little Bear junction. He crossed the trail not 75 yards in front of us and appeared he didn't even notice us (or we didn't cause any alarm in his/her mind). As we were watching, another hiker and his dog came up from behind us to join in on the viewing. As the bear went out of view we started to chat about the experience and how rare seeing a bear in this area must be, lucky us. The bear must have now heard us and circled back and popped it's head up over a fallen log to see what was going on, ears perked and its full attention directed at us. After elevating our voices the bear quickly darted away disappearing into the trees. Great hike!
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