Sunset Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length8.3 miElevation gain1,935 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingMountain bikingDog friendlyForestwild-flowersWildlife
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Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from Flagstaff: Drive north on US 180 to FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road). Drive 6 miles east on FR 420 to the trailhead at a parking lot on the south side of the road. Road Condition: FR 420 is graveled and barely suitable for passenger cars. The road badly needs to be graded. Closed during winter because of snowpack.

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Chris Reed
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Zeke Mcdonald
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HikingIcySnow

Very nice trail

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Charmaine McEvoy
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Amanda Casillo
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one of my favorites. went in fall, so really great change of leaves, wildfire area and pines. would recommend any day

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Greg Crane
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Great trail. Easy climb until 3 miles then very aggressive climb for 1/2 mile. Rocks and sand on top. Very slippery. You are then into the burn area but nature at work. A descent and then another climb.

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Sean Krieg
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CIndy Corcoran
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Did this hike today, to be exact, turned around at 2 1/2 miles, rather than the full out and back trail. It was a beautiful day, the Aspens are not quite at their peak, but I got some nice photos. We did a couple of side trips to catch the views. The elevation gain wasn’t too bad in itself, but keep in mind the altitude has an effect if you’re not acclimated to it. We saw quite a few mountain bikers and everyone on the trail was very friendly. The 5 mile drive wasn’t as bad as I expected from some of the reviewers. One lane, lots of dust but I have seen worse!

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Logan Gardner
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Robbie Gerdes
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David Cummings
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Joey Felton
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Lisa Banner
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Great Trail. Lots of shade. We actually did 8 miles RT. I accidentally turned off the recorder. Great views from the saddle. We started at 5:30 57 degrees finished at 9:30 and it’s was 80.

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Chiara Dal Martello
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Very nicely maintained, some up and down so be careful because it’s sandy

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Lori Johnson
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Ok.

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Tara Burke
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7/4/20 parked at trailhead parking lot. Originally planned to hike Schultz Loop, but ended up on Sunset Trail instead, a happy accident! Forested trail, lots of shade, excellent peek-a-boo looks at Humphreys and Agassiz. We hiked halfway to the point where the trail makes a "Z" and there is a large signpost with details of the forest fires that have swept the area. At that point we took the little offshoot to the north (0.3 miles on the map) and were rewarded with amazing views of NE Flag and the Petrified Forest in the distance. 4.7 miles total, 2 hrs 44 minutes including time for resting & pics. Tons of wildflowers, great shade, but beware the bikers! They are very nice but FAST and the trail is narrow. We departed at 10:00 am and returned at 12:45 pm. Wear sunblock and a hat - even with all the shade and cool temps, at elevation you burn quickly. Looking forward to doing this hike again!

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Cynthia Jones
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Beautiful hike - I did it today June 18, 2020 - and it’s a moderate workout. It’s open post-fire, however, some connecting trails (if you are trying to plan a loop) are closed off as maintenance takes place but you can hike the entire Sunset trail. I hiked to the little aspen grove of trees just past Eldon’s Lookout - and turned around for a total of 8 miles. Great combination of shaded forest and sunny open trail.

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Cosmicharlie1 Heynow
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5/22- The Sunset trail is open. I started real early and didn't have to deal with Mt bikes. Nice, mostly smooth trail with moderate uphill, never overwhelming. Don't boof the sharp right switchback at 2 miles. It's where an old Info kisok is. Go right and downhill. There's a couple smaller trails jutting off and I wasted a mile on "secret trail 3" haha! All in all a fun hike. I only went to the Heart trail and back. @7 mi total.

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Nicollette Kuniski
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Sunset trail bottom to top of mountain. Top section was all burnt from a recent fire

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Laura Scavo
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The trail is moderate hills throughout, and links up to several other trails that are mostly for mountain bikers. There’s a lot of damage visible from the wildfires, but it’s a nice hike. We went about 3 miles and then back 3. It gets boring because it really is just a Forrest, not many birds or animals in it I assume bc of the fires.

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Mickayla Holt
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Currently closed due to the museum fire!

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Kaysha Riggs
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This was a neat hike for a Sunday afternoon in November. I did appreciate having my jeep to get to the trailhead, it was 6 miles of rackety dirt road, that a regular car would do, but probably have some new rattles afterward. There is no parking pass needed. The parking lot is very clearly marked on the Southside of the road. The hike is a steady incline for most of the way and then becomes much steeper at towards the end with the real climb to the top. We often had to hop on the side of the trail to let fast moving dirt bikes pass by. It was the first time I was able to climb up a mountain and get a view of Flagstaff from above. We passed couples with hiking dogs, along with packs of mountain bikes alone the way. For those coming from out of town, since half of this trail is tree covered you are in the shade for a long of it. The bits of sunny areas were always welcome. So the notes say it's an 8.3 mile hike but with my navigation it came out to 10.4 miles. The views at the top are gorgeous, and allow views all the way out to the plains in the distance.

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J D
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A decent trail for sure, we hiked it but I think it's more suited for mountain biking. It's clean and quite but the scenery is the same throughout the trail. The trial immediately starts ascending at a decent pace, and doesn't end until you reach the 2 mile marker. This trail is rated easy I would say it's somewhere between easy and moderate just due to the constant uphill. The lake is nothing to write home about more like a pond. I wouldn't hike it again but I think it would be good on a mountain bike.

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Will Haddad
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Stunning

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Sara Joslyn
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This was a great trail, pretty scenery, worth the workout.

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Lori Shoaf
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Nice, easy trail, with a steady incline. Mostly pine trees, with some aspens. Enjoyed the peaceful scenery and the view of the peaks.

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Danielle Lilleston
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I went early this morning with my two dogs and we went up to Elden. It was absolutely beautiful! Much nicer now that's it's cooling down. Got there about 8am with only one other group on the trail. But on the way down I came across someone about every 5 minutes. So if you want to beat the crowd, go early!!!!!

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Sarah Lesslie
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Beautiful summer shady trail to beat the heat and get some amazing views

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Chase Rowley
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Absolutely loved this trail. Went just this past weekend, arrived at about 11:30am and made it out before the small hail storm. Fairly nice increase and probably only got a few miles in due to my pitbull mix getting tired, but overall this is a very moderate hike and is absolutely gorgeous. It is used by mountain bikers, but I did have any issues sharing the trail with them and was by myself for most of the hike, which is what I prefer. Will definitely go back to hike further in.

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