Hot Springs Sunset Trail Full Circle

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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.

Distance: 12.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,234 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash




nature trips

bird watching





city walk

historic site

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.

washed out
6 months ago

Ran the entire trail from the West Mountain trail head in clockwise direction, coming back out on Bath House Row, and returning to the trailhead mostly through Canyon Trail and finally jumpin on the median off of West Mountain Summit Dr. So, about the trail. Expect a good amount of climbing over short distances. Sunset Trail takes you through at least 4 different mountains. While elevation is not too pronounced, the climbing is. I mentioned it to others, I wish I had and knew how to use poles. I bet they would've made a huge difference. Trail markers. Yeah...good luck. make sure you have a compass, proper map or phone app/GPX file of the area. Also, bring plenty of water --if you do get turned around, there are NO water sources nearby the trail until you reach Gulpha, and even then, I would not trust it for drinking without treatment. Back to the markers, sorry. There are very few, and they are far apart. Around Gulpha you'll depend more on good markers as you approach a more developed area with more trails. Most markers are missing, broken or "annotated" by other visitors, so they are of little use. The views. There aren't many. You are going to be surrounded by rock, mountain, and foliage. There are a few "wet" crossings. I did this in late Winter, and there were no streams deep or wide enough to have no option but to have your feet wet. Nothing too terribly special from a running standpoint, but it was good training. Go out and do it, and tell me what you think about it. Happy trails!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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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