Sunset Trail South to North
The Sunset Trail South to North covers the whole length of one of the main routes that travels up and over Elden Mountain and its surrounding peaks. This route is challenging, but if you can get a car shuttle arranged, you can hike it as a point-to-point route instead. You’ll find that the beginning is the most demanding, then you’ll be cruising with incredible views as you go. Expect moderate traffic on this route.
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Route Description for Sunset Trail South to North
The Sunset Trail climbs up Elden Mountain and along the ridge to Little Elden Mountain, dropping off the mountains with spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff, Sunset Crater, and more. This hike is challenging at the start as you battle up Elden, but it does even out after the stiff start. This isn’t the best fit for families or beginners. Bring lots of water.
The first 4.0 km of the route take you up Elden Lookout Trail. You’ll switchback your way up the steep face. Take breaks if you need to. Once you crest Elden Mountain, you can either make the 0.3 km side trip to the summit or continue straight along the trail to the ridge.
Cross the saddle between Elden and Little Elden. At the fork, go left towards Schultz Tank. As you descend you'll have some awesome views down to the tank, at which point you’ll turn around and retrace your steps. If you have poles, it’ll make the descent off Elden Mountain quite a bit easier.
Getting to the Sunset Trail South to North Trailhead
The trailhead for the Sunset Trail South to North is off US-89.
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