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Hot Springs Sunset Trail Full Circle is a 12.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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.

Length 12.8 mi Elevation gain 2,234 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Views Wildlife City walk Historic site
Description
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This trail takes you through some mountainous areas and expect a good amount of climbing over short distances. Please be aware that there may not be too many markers on the trail and some are missing, broken or "annotated" by other visitors.

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Shawn Eacott
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail to get you all around the park. Not a lot of great views or anything special, but great if you are looking for a long hike

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Kim Metzler
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I agree, hot springs is not known for its hiking (duh), BUT this is a great day hike trail and you feel good that you can say you hiked the whole park. Views are ok, but trails are well maintained and in late August this was barely even lightly trafficked. Good time. Would recommend.

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Ron Johnson
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HikingGreat!

Wow. Lots of fun for my wife and I. We are in our mid-50s and in moderate shape. We found it challenging and worth every ounce of sweat. It took us 6.5 hours. We did the course clockwise from Bathhouse Row. The advantage for us oldies is that the more difficult climbing is done during the first third of the loop. A few details - reiterating other good reviews. We took 100 ounces fluids per each of us and consumed it all. Snacks are a must too. The trail signage is worthless, use the App and you'll be ok, especially at the start/end points. Yes, as others noted, no grand vistas to see from the trail. But, in mid-August, a canopied trail was okay. We recommend this trail for the serious day-hikers.

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Brice Gibbs
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I did this trail back in June. It takes 5.5 hrs. to hike this trail. I advise parking near the visitor center downtown.

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Seth Willyard
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Fun trail that leaves right from downtown hot springs.

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Tia Stone
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Great trail! We wanted to go on a long hike- preferably a big loop and not an out and back. There’s no way we could have found our way without this app! This loop was perfect. I would strongly recommend following the same start/ finish area. We parked about a block behind the US Forestry headquarters at the start. Then we did the loop counter clockwise. (We started on Grand Promenade and took the Dead Chief Trail at the beginning.) We had to follow the All Trails app closely at the beginning because there were often a few different route options and we wanted to complete this loop. We hiked almost non-stop averaging about 20 minutes per mile so it took us almost 4.5 hours. I would definitely recommend bringing plenty of water and some snacks. We carried a backpack with bottled water, Gatorade, trail mix, granola bars, etc. The trail itself is not very technical but just long. We had a great time and loved getting the full Hot Springs trail experience.

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Melissa Campbell
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Writing another review after completing the way All Trails recommends. I’d actually call the hike “moderate”, and only “hard” because of the length. Once again measured over 13 miles. Lightly trafficked overall, but a few families in areas close to road crossings. Make sure you bring water and snacks/gels!

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Melissa Campbell
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Started the loop at the West summit instead of where All Trails recommends. It was going great until the 2 mile climb to the car. I don’t recommend my route. Maybe in reverse it would be better. Also, I recorded 13.7 miles with both Apple Watch and Strava. You’ll need to use All Trails to navigate the trail turns - mostly between Gulpha and the town center. Will do again, but the recommended way.

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Greg Bunn
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This trail allows you to start and finish at the same location. The official park trail map starts at Gulpha Gorge and finishes on West Mountain which means that you would have to park a car at the trailhead and the finish. This route simply starts and ends downtown using other hiking trails to connect the gap. This is a very long hike and you should set aside several hours to complete. My gps measured 13.13 miles. Parts of the trail are very steep and washed out. Take plenty of water, there are no water sources along the way. Plenty of deer to see along the way.

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Sarah Otey
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James Sneed
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Joe Scalora
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Nathan Starr
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Lela Hill
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Ryan Roth
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Brent Hiller
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Brent Hiller
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Brent Hiller
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Brent Hiller
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Brent Hiller
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Ryan Lund
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Janice Hsu
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Jacob Frady
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Conrad Clift
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Rex Ramsay
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