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    Little Bear to Sunset Loop

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    3-4.5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    11.9 km
    Elevation
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    407 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Little Bear to Sunset Loop leads you around a mesa near some of the most visible mountains in Flagstaff’s skyline, including Little Elden Mountain, Elden Mountain, and T-V Hill. This route is used by hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers and is enjoyed for its lovely views, especially when the fall colors start to paint the mountainsides. Expect light traffic on this route.

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    Route Description for Little Bear to Sunset Loop

    The Little Bear to Sunset Loop is a great multi-use trail in the Flagstaff area. This is a beautiful route with mountain views, but thankfully, it sees fewer users than many other routes nearby. The hike climbs up the mesa north of Little Elden Mountain, T-V Hill, and Elden Mountain for a lesser-seen view of these peaks.

    Little Bear to Sunset Loop is shared by hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers. Remember to share the trail and look out for one another. Dogs are allowed off-leash on this trail, but we recommend keeping them close as bikes whiz past. Part of this area is recovering from a wildfire. Hiking through areas recovering from fire is always interesting, as the foliage will change each year. Flowers tend to thrive before the trees regrow, and different species of trees can thrive as the entire forest recuperates.

    From the trailhead, take Arizona Trail-Little Elden away from the Schultz Tank. You’ll follow this route as it runs alongside the slope, then follow it as it turns to switchback up the mountainside. In the saddle, go right to climb up to the top of this slope. You’ll then follow Sunset Trail back to the tank and the trailhead.

    Getting to the Little Bear to Sunset Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Little Bear to Sunset Loop is off Schultz Pass Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      March-November

    • Pets allowed

      Yes

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Low

    • Route Type

      Loop

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