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Sunset Trail #23 - FlagstaffFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.81 mph
2,500 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
 
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This is one of my favorite hikes in the Flagstaff area -- a loop hike up to Elden Mountain that starts and ends at the Sunset TH, on Schultz Pass Road. The trails on this hike are nice, and there is awesome scenery at many points on the hike.

We did the loop clockwise by starting on Sunset Trail #23. We followed the Sunset Trail almost all of the way to Elden Mountain, at which point we took the Elden Lookout Forest Road up to the summit. On the way back we followed the forest road to the turnoff for the Upper Oldham Trail, on the left side of the road. Unfortunately, there is no trail sign here indicating that it is the Upper Oldham Trail. The Upper Oldham Trail goes for about 1.5 miles back to the Elden Lookout Forest Road, at which point we took a left on the forest road. We followed the forest road for about 0.5 miles, and then turned right on the Brookbank Trail. This trail had a steep climb to a trail junction; the Brookbank Trail continues to the right and the Little Gnarly Trail goes to the left. At this junction we took the Little Gnarly Trail. Unfortunately, there is not sign indicating that you are on the Little Gnarly Trail; instead the sign says "Schultz Loop". We took the Little Gnarly Trail back to the trail head. There was one tricky part in following the Little Gnarly Trail -- you go into a meadow and have to make a right turn at a trail junction in the middle of the meadow, and there is no sign at the trail junction. From there you just continue back to the TH.

I enjoy the trails on this hike, and there is some awesome scenery at various points on the way. I didn't see any wildlife, but we came across a few mountain bikers and one bow hunter.

I must be living right: we got back to the TH at 12:15, and at 12:20 it started raining. It wound up raining 3 inches in Flagstaff that afternoon.
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