Sunset Trail to Brookbank Trail Loop

MODERATE 48 reviews
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Sunset Trail to Brookbank Trail Loop is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles
1,003 feet

dogs on leash


cross country skiing


mountain biking

nature trips





wild flowers

Directions from Flagstaff: Drive north from Flagstaff on US 180 to FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road). Drive east for 1 mile and, where FR 420 takes a hard left turn continue straight on FR 557 about 3 miles to the Brookbank trailhead.

3 months ago

Ok trail but not well marked. much of it roads so more suited to biking. But, sadly, the Go Back to Phoenix stickers on trail signs reeks of Nazism.

10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful loop. Dense trees, many birds and wildflowers. The pond at the halfway point is nice. Some inclines, mild-moderate overall. Great views of the San Francisco Peaks and the surrounding area. Many mountain bikers on the trail. I recommend knowing where you are going beforehand because this loop intersects with many other trails and we ran into a number of people who were lost and didn't know which trail they were on.

Friday, August 18, 2017

One of my favorites in Flagstaff. Beautiful forest with amazing views of the mountains.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Great trail! Just beautiful all the way through. Squirrels, skunks, & a deer today. Not very many people (probably cause it was the day after a holiday).

I would definitely take a power bank with me for my phone next time. The lack of service & running the app to record my trip sucked my phone dead 1/2 way through!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Excellent trail. Just enough elevation.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The hike was great with wonderful views and wasn't too trafficked. Getting to this trail is fairly easy but you'll pass several trail head parking lots on the way up, the dirt road is in good condition.

Really this area is considered dry lake hills, but the trail is not called dry hills lake. Because it is a loop either follow this route or it in the opposite. I suggest also taking a photo of the map at the sunset trailhead

Start on sunset trail (just left of the trailhead signage) and continue to the brook bank trail (take a right at the sign about wildfires), if you go left instead it's a short out and back with decent views. Continue on brooksbank and you will pass a small pond just off the trail. Past the pond you will end up on an out of service forest road (unsigned) and will see signs for Schultz creek loop where you can finish the loop.

Be warned that there are many turn offs because of the trail system up there. There have also been an increase in bear sightings.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

This was a great trail, a lot of different views, different types of trees, different topography, great views of the San Francisco peaks!!!

Monday, August 15, 2016

I did this hike with my husband and 1-year-old daughter in a pack this weekend. The drive to the trail included 5 miles down a dirt road. The road is fairly well maintained, and was not an issue with our very low sports sedan. As others have mentioned, the signage here is not good. Thankfully, I had the all trails app running which helped us when we got off track at the dry lakes. You start on the Schutz Pass trail, then when you get to the meadow you make a left. We ventured into the meadow and turned at the interpretive signage and cut back to the trail- I recommend doing this for the best views. Then follow the Brookbank trail to Sunset Trail.

The hike was very nice. Great views of mountains, forests and meadows and lots and lots of wildflowers in mid August when we hiked. There were one or two technical spots, but nothing I didn't feel comfortable doing with a baby on my back. The trail is also popular with bikers, so be cautious. What I enjoyed about this loop hike is that it wasn't just up and then down, there is some undulation which keeps things interesting.

All and all, a great hike, and highly recommended as a way to spend a few hours in the Flagstaff area.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Nice area but made some wrong turns as trails not marked at some forks. Turned out my 5.5 mile hike was closer to 8 miles.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Beautiful hike, great workout and the dogs had a blast. Played in the little watering hole. We'll be back

Monday, July 11, 2016

The trail was moderately trafficked, mostly people on bikes. The trail wasn't very well marked beyond the parking lot. I'd like to see more signs and increased visibility. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was perfect. The way up is the most difficult part than it evens out and begins to slope down.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Absolutely beautiful hike!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

It was nice hike. Beautiful scenery. It was a little tough going up for 2 miles but once your on top it's smooth.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The best part of the Dry Lake Hills can be accessed from Eldon Lookout Rd. or Schultz Pass Rd. There is a pond/tank with water all year round which is perfect for dogs to swim in. The scenery is beautiful and in the late summer there are many wildflowers.

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