Mt. Elden – Sunset Trail to Schultz Creek Trail Loop – Flagstaff, AZ

by Chris Morrill –

Mt. Elden, Flagstaff Arizona

Mt. Elden, Flagstaff Arizona

This trail has it all. A good aerobic climb, a rewarding scenic view, incredibly diverse single track and lots of speed. Start by taking the Elden Lookout road. Ride up, up, up for 6 miles with about 1,700 feet in elevation gain. Not to worry you will forget all about the climb when you are carving the trail at mach speeds. There is a sign that directs you over to the Sunset Trail. Enjoy the view and check your brakes before beginning the fast catwalk that many call ?Organ Donor?. You’ll next find yourself in a thick forest traversing a steep rock garden. There will be a split in the trail around mile 7.5. Follow trail up to the right. After crossing the fire service road it is screaming down hill (watch for hikers and upcoming traffic) towards the Schultz Creek Trailhead. You will cross thru a parking lot where you will find yourself on Schultz Creek Trail heading down the last leg to the parking lot at Elden Lookout Road.

Mt. Eden Map

Take I-17 north from Phoenix to Flagstaff. Once in town, follow the signs to Snow Bowl, which is Highway 180. Take Highway 180 (Fort Valley Rd.) north/west past Cedar Ave. on right. Turn right on Schultz Pass Rd. (near mile marker 218.5). At fork stay left and park on the right just past where the road turns to gravel. Parking is in the middle of the ?Y? in the road.

Skill: Intermediate
Effort: Hard
Type: Loop
Season: Summer
Mileage: 14.5

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About Racerx

An Arizona native, Jeff has been mountain biking and racing since 1997. A father of 2 awesome children Ryder and Skylar. He is the owner of Excelnet Media, an Internet Marketing company.


  1. I agree with Chris. I love this trail. It is my favorite trail in the state. It has it all. The brutal climb gives way to sweet downhill singletrack. Well worth the climb.

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  2. Dave Harney says:

    Not sure if this is the trails within Bufferlo Park? If so, the ridding potential there was absoluteley brilliant. However the signs ( according to the map we picked up at a local bike shop ) did not correspond with the map! This made finding one’s way around vertually impossible! And consequently we wasted 2 hours just trying to find our way back to the car before sunset !!! 😮 (

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