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Sunset Trail #90

Intermediate
 4.3 (3)

A fun singletrack right off Catalina Highway that connects to Marshall Gulch & many Lemmon trails.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

85%

Runnable

7,743' 2,360 m

High

7,426' 2,263 m

Low

58' 18 m

Up

363' 111 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

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Runner Notes

This trail is moderately technical with a number of rocky sections but also completely runnable.

Description

The Sunset Trail is popular particularly in the summertime as it's higher up Mt. Lemmon and connects runners to the Marshall Gulch area without having to drive all the way up through Summerhaven. It's a common parking/starting point for visitors as outings can also easily head the other direction to the top of Bigelow via Bear Wallow under the road, or visitors can also head to the Butterfly Trail. Additional parking also exists across Catalina Highway near the Butterfly Trail.

From the Sunset parking area, head west down the hill on the dirt road. Before long, you'll reach an intersection with another road. Head straight across it to the singletrack pretty much directly ahead which then winds left up a gentle slope. The rest of the trail is pretty much straightforward all the way until crossing the creek right before the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area. There you'll find a bathroom and both the Lower Aspen Trail #93 and the Marshall Gulch Trail #3.

There's reasonable tree cover for a good portion of the way while other sections are more exposed. Coming back from Marshall Gulch is definitely much more uphill, but it's pretty scenic the entire way.

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Stephen Woodall

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 3 votes

#8

in Mt. Lemmon

#9518

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#8

in Mt. Lemmon

#293

in Arizona

#9,518

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Running along boulders of the Sunset Trail.
Aug 29, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
One of the many awesome views
Jun 29, 2021 near Tanque…, AZ
Some of the the chunky stuff you get go down, or up depending on which direction you go.
Jun 29, 2021 near Tanque…, AZ

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Sep 9, 2018
Marizonagirl M
Fairly runnable. A bit of boulders towards the end 1.2mi