DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,385 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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3 months ago

I took Christmas tree to Heart to Sunset. I will say views wise, I wish I did it in reverse but sunset to go up (or down) is a bit treacherous. Christmas tree is relatively flat and shaded in the am. Heart trail feels like desert walking and is much less shaded. There were sporadic flowers blooming though and they were beautiful. Heart Trail is 2 miles of uphill climb and switchbacks and the views are great! When you first arrive at Sunset Trail on the ridge line, you’re walking through aspens (that were budding when I was there). It was super windy on the ridge line but the views behind me were fantastic. Once you start the descent (the same trail used to go up to Mount Elden Lookout) the trail becomes slippery with loose rocks. The total mileage according to my Fitbit was 9.5 miles and it took me roughly 4 hours to hike.