Hot Springs National Park: Sunset Trail Loop

Traverse the secluded ridgelines of the "Valley of Vapors" on this 12.4-mile loop through America's oldest National Park Service site.
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Traverse the secluded ridgelines of the "Valley of Vapors" on this 12.4-mile loop through America's oldest National Park Service site.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 20.4

Waypoints

SSL001

Location: 34.526249, -93.036636

From Gulpha Gorge campsite, cross creek and turn L onto Sunset Trail

SSL002

Location: 34.523979, -93.037521

L @ Dead Chief Trail; stay on Dead Chief to visitor center

SSL003

Location: 34.51387, -93.053757

Trail emerges @ visitor ctr. Cross street down Mtn. Ave.; R onto Exchange, R up private drive. Stairs at end lead to trail

SSL004

Location: 34.514931, -93.054092

L @ Oak Trail intersection

SSL005

Location: 34.509449, -93.061363

Cross West Mountain Rd.; hike through oak and hickory stands

SSL006

Location: 34.508759, -93.063873

L @ West Mountain Trail intersection

SSL007

Location: 34.506451, -93.067703

R @ Mountain Top Trail

SSL008

Location: 34.507912, -93.070663

L onto Sunset Trail

SSL009

Location: 34.50584, -93.076073

R @ Y; L fork goes up to radio towers

SSL010

Location: 34.506241, -93.102272

Peak of Music Mountain, highest point in park (1,405 ft.)

SSL011

Location: 34.525051, -93.072273

L @ spur trail; ascend .3 mi. for amazing views from Balanced Rock; note novaculite rock outcrops

SSL012

Location: 34.546101, -93.041367

R @ Y

SSL013

Location: 34.53796, -93.035027

Cross Stonebridge Rd.; L around pond to AR 128

SSL014

Location: 34.536011, -93.03157

Cross AR 128/7; hike on S side of hwy. for .1 mi., pick up trail by Gulpha Gorge sign; return to campground