Heart/Sunset/Little Bear/Little Eldon Loop Hike (Flagstaff)

Date: 
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 06:30
Leaders: 
Don Mowry - dgmowry@gmail.com, 480-209-7963
Rating: 
B+ LENGTH: ~12 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1900 ft PACE: Medium
This event has been canceled.

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at Park-N-Ride on SW corner of I-17 and Bell Road.

On this date, the American Hiking Society celebrates National Trails Day so let’s hike!

Our hike starts at the Sandy Seep Trailhead on the east side of Mt. Eldon. The first 1.3 miles is pretty level, then the Heart Trail (aptly named) takes us up 1,500 ft. in 2.3 miles. Although the Heart Trail takes us through a burned out area cause by the 1977 Radio Fire, it’s opened up some great views of Mt. Eldon and Flagstaff. Mt. Eldon is a massive Dacite Lava Dome, a volcanic rock (think of the Dacite Cliffs above the Peralta Trailhead in the Superstitions). Once we connect to the Sunset and Little Bear Trails, we’ll have a gradual descent to the Little Eldon. We’ll encounter Gambel Oak, Ponderosa Pine and Rocky Mountain Maple trees. Wildlife include Mule Deer, Black Bear, Porcupine, Elk, Hawks, Turkey Vultures and Ravens. We’ll connect to the Little Eldon Trail to complete our loop.

The trail is reasonably level back to our starting spot. Bring lunch, salty snacks, and 2-3 quarts of water.

Cost to non-members is $5.