Sunset Trail

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this trail starts near Schultz Tank and then climbs gradually to a high ridge where you'll find good views of Arizona's tallest mountain before continuing on to the east edge of Mount Elden's summit plateau. From this high perspective you can look down on Sunset Crater and the huge Bonito Lava Flow that borders it. Sunset Trail has some smooth singletrack and some very technical boulder and loose rock sections. Bring your trials skills. Meadows, forests, and vistas.

Sunset Trail provides a connecting route to Schultz Creek, Brookbank, Little Bear Trail, Upper Oldham, and Elden Lookout Trails, as well as many other renegade trails.
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  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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January 15, 2017
ireiman Gramcounter  
Review: I would usually take this trail after doing an early morning ride up Elden Road. It definitely gets you ready for the rest of the great downhill to come in hobbit forest and schultz.

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Granny Gear

August 10, 2015
Review: I connected to the Sunset Trail via Elden Lookout Road from the parking area at Shultz Creek Trailhead. Suffer through 1500 feet of elevation gain over 5.7 miles to the Sunset Trail off Elden Lookout Road and traverse a short ridge with moderate exposure to the first short steep descent down 500 feet via a technical trail to a saddle and the Little Bear Trail intersection. I used every bit of 5" of suspension on this section and it really smoothed out the trail. (FYI: You'll notice several unmarked trail options that descend back to Elden Lookout Road off this section of trail, so note the exit points on your ascent as they look pretty fun). Continue on Sunset gaining a few hundred feet via loose rocky switchbacks to arrive at a ridge that marks the end of your climbing. If the trail isn't busy, rally the sweet flowing descent for a couple miles to Shultz Creek Trailhead- you'll need to dismount at a down tree until a clearing is made, but it's not a hidden obstacle. Blast the well traveled and varied Shultz Creek with several choose your own adventure options back to the parking area. 13 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation gain.

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October 23, 2012
CFM Epic  
Review: Rode this trail uphill from Schultz tank to the junction with Brookbank as part of the Upper Brookbank Loop. Tough climb since I wasn't acclimated to altitude yet. Occasional technical rock sections but most of trail is well worn singletrack.

* Review edited 10/23/2012

Similar Trail: Brookbank, Schultz Creek

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April 21, 2012
abegold Doubletrack  
Review: Serious climbs and descents abound on the San Francisco Peaks, Arizonas most beautiful mountain, a volcano. Many fun trails thruout the mountain, below the wilderness areas. Shade, except where wildfire raged, little water anywhere on this mountain as almost all percolates right thru the cinder mountain. Hot weather escape! Most camp near Schultz Pass.

* Review edited 7/2/2012

Similar Trail: Jedi, Supermoto are parts of the extensive network.

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May 19, 2011
Review: Sunset Trail from the Mt. Elden Lookout can best be described as a thrill ride. There are very loose and rocky sections and super fast buffed sections with a sketchy traverse (exsposure). Great views of the burn area from the late 70's. Has some technicality to it in the exposed parts.

Similar Trail: Lions Loop

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March 25, 2010
stillfat Gnarly  
Review: Rode 15 years ago, memory is a little hazy but I do remember it being one sweet trail. Lots more than the 4 miles listed in the trail description - a big climb on forest service road followed by an epic downhill.

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Sunset Trail MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 6 user reviews.
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