Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Mt. Elden Day Hike
when August 5, 2023 Saturday
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, 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 (not bad). We will then pick up the Sunset trail.
    Our return will be on the Elden Lookout Trail, then Sunset Trail, then Heart trail onto the Sandy Seep Trail (AZT), then south 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.
This is monsoon season, so bring rain gear. If there is lighting we will start down then.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  Hiking poles
distance 13 miles
EC +-2500' 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, Heart, Little Elden Springs Trails
dogs? no
type In and Out trip
starting/ ending at Sandy Seep Trailhead
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Flagstaff
leader    You must email the leader to confirm.
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 I-17. All roads paved or graded for cars.
At I-40 take it east to Country Club Dr (US-89, Grand Canyon).
Stop at McDonalds/ Safeway for last restroom stop.
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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