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Elden - Oldham - Sunset Loop, AZ
mini location map2018-09-29
9 by photographer avatarThe_Eagle
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Elden - Oldham - Sunset Loop, AZ 
Elden - Oldham - Sunset Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking16.22 Miles 4,925 AEG
Hiking16.22 Miles   8 Hrs   51 Mns   2.05 mph
4,925 ft AEG      56 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Trying to peep some leaves, we did a variation of a peep hike we'd done previously.

Up Elden Lookout Trail is a steep one to the saddle, with 2200' of gain over 2.5 miles. I still like going up this one better, than going down on the end the hike. The aspens from the saddle to the tower, were mostly at peak. The winds were blowing pretty hard up there.

Going clockwise we hit Sunset to Upper Oldham, then down. Sunset Trail gives you great views of the aspens North and West of the peak. If the storm has not screwed things up, they should be peaking this weekend. Oldham is relatively smooth going down trough a thick mixed conifer/deciduous forest.

Up on Brookbank and then back on Sunset. Hiking through the red and golden aspens on the Sunset trail, north of the tower, were the highlight of the high this hike.

Going down Elden was a rocky slog.

Perfect weather, albeit a bit windy.


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