Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Mt. Elden Day Hike
when Trip Report : October 8, 2022
  Trip Report : June 5, 2010
  Trip Report : June 7, 2008
where Flagstaff
the hike     This is a variation of the Sunset Trail to Mt. Elden summit loop that was hiked in 2016, avoiding the crowded trail that goes directly to the summit. We’ll begin this hike at the Arizona Trail/ Sandy Seep Trailhead, and connect to the Heart Trail, taking it to the summit. We will be hiking through some burned forest (extent unknown). We will then pick up the Sunset trail. The leaves may or may not be changing.
    Our return will be partially on the Elden Lookout Trail, then Sunset Trail, but turning onto the Little Bear Trail, then south on AZT/Little Elden Mountain and going down to meet the Little Elden Springs Trail. From that trail, we’ll hike back downhill to the Sandy Seep Trailhead.
    If two or more hikers want a shorter hike, you can return to the trailhead on the Elden Lookout Trail, which is 10 miles. No solo hikers for this option.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  Hiking poles
distance 13 miles
EC +-2400' elevation change
elevations 6,900' (Sandy Seep Trailhead) to 9,299' (Mount Elden summit)
time 7 hours
rating "B+"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
on trail 100% — Arizona Trail, Sandy Seep, Little Bear, Heart, Little Elden Springs Trails
dogs? no
type round trip
starting at Sandy Seep Trailhead
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Flagstaff
meet 6:00 AM in the Macdonald’s parking lot on the northeast corner of I-17 & Carefree Highway. Park away from the restaurant.
•  Drive north on US-89. All roads paved or graded for cars.
Drive about 2.2 miles, just pass Elden Pueblo.
At the small brown sign turn left into the parking lot.
If you get to Schultz Pass Road you have gone to far. Make a U-turn.

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