Little Bear to Sunset Loop is a 7.4 mile loop trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length7.4 miElevation gain1,335 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyViews
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Jerry Hernandez
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Hiking

Nice trail loop. Sucked that the northern side of the loop was mostly burned forest but the peak was worth it!

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Dean Self
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Tom Ladensack
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Mike R
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Jeff Conner
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Mary Wells
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Hiking

Wonderful trail with a good mix of sun and shade. Not too difficult and great views.

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Haley Shukert
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Hiking

I lucked out and caught this trail during one of the first summer storms of the year. Despite the fire damage I enjoyed the views. If you go the direction the app recommends, the elevation gain is pretty gradual, but the decline isn’t bad either at the end (my hamstrings and hips are pretty strained right now, but I was still able to do the trail without too much struggle). Lots of wildflowers at the beginning. Would love to do this trail again!

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Aurelia Umholtz
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HikingRocky

Really liked this trail. We started at 6:30am on a weekday and only saw a handful of runners and mtn bikers. Our mileage was almost exactly 8 miles from the car and back so the mileage here is not quite accurate. It starts and ends at Shultz tank which my water-loving dog really appreciated. It has some really great views without too much of a climb. I highly recommend this hike, really makes you appreciate both Elden and the San Fran peaks.

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Ang Gohlke
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Not a fan of this one....exposed, buggy, and if you are scared of heights this might not be for you.

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Cosmicharlie1 Heynow
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6/1 - I started at 6:30am and I didn't see a Mt Bike on the whole loop. I guess starting early on a weekday is the way to go! Although I hiked the exact same route as the Map, the Loop totaled 7.9 miles for me. I used RouteScout to track it.

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Lanis Bell
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HikingNo shadeRocky

All Trails was an extremely useful tool for this particular trail. At the beginning we went the wrong direction and had to backtrack. This isn't a difficult trail, but what made it difficult was the heat. You are extremely exposed during the burned out areas. It was nice to sit near the lake afterwards to relax and have lunch.

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Fil Kanczula
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Good trail especially because it starts and ends around the tank. Pretty, other than the burned-out area on the north side. I would recommend going the opposite direction (south first), especially if biking.

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suzanne cohen
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Hiking

Good thing we had all trails. We would have gotten pretty turned around. Little bear is still pretty burned out. But overall glad we did it. The dogs not so sure...

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Kim Barr
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Hiking

Good hike but to many mountain bikers

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Tessa Corsetti
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Hiking

Really beautiful and the trail is very clearly marked. A new favorite

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Josh Siegel
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HikingMuddySnow

I bet at one time this trail was a lot better for hiking, but the Little Bear segment was pretty barren due to past fires. Once at the top, there really aren’t any views due to forest cover. It was a really nice walk, but there are better places to go. A little more crowded than expected.

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Michael Thomas
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Running

Enjoyed a nice run on this trail yesterday morning. Plenty of flat areas to get some running in, but the trail is fairly technical in many sections. Great views of Elden and the Schultz Fire Brun area on the northwest side.

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Kirsten Chesney
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Hiking

For clarity, this trail also includes Elden Springs trail. We began on Sunset, then took Little Bear to cut through to Elden Springs. A person can also begin on Elden Springs and end on Sunset. Either way. Little Bear trail is only accessed via these other trails. The only reason it's not 5 stars is because finding the Sunset trail from the parking lot is pretty difficult, as there are a handful of "social" trails that go off in different directions. It is beautiful! There are a variety of trees, foliage, burned trees, wildflowers, boulders, mountain views, etc. that make it picturesque. It's a little more sunny on the trail than shady, although you get to enjoy both :) You will encounter mountain bikers, but the trail is still well suited for hikers, and not "rutted" by overuse.

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Maria C Bowling
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Going up Little Bear is quite easy; the climb is gradual and the steeper sections are short. I would not recommend weekends, though, because the trail is very narrow in places, and I met over a dozen mountain bikers on Sunday (zero on Monday).

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Luigi Vampa
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The Little Bear descent is great. It's a good scenic hike as you wrap back and forth across the mountain. Lots of exposure due to fire damage. It's a very gradual descent and wouldn't be bad going up. With only 3 or 4 turns over the 3.5 mile descent, it's pretty easy to gauge where you are. Loved it.

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Diana Ambrosie
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Lauren Schlapman
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Stephanie Winters
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Ian Hervert
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Leah Thistle
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