Little Bear to Sunset Loop

MODERATE 9 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,335 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

views

trail running
7 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

11 months ago

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).

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
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