Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
322.00 ft (98.15 m)
Trail type
1.70 mi (2.74 km)
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This hike follows the Lower Chimney Rock Trail around the base of Little Sugarloaf, a small but prominent hill, with an optional chance to summit for a great view.

Begin by parking at the Thunder Mountain Trailhead. If hiking on a weekend, be sure to arrive here early as the parking can fill up fast. If hiking the loop counter-clockwise you’ll begin by taking the Thunder Mountain Trail to the right out of the parking lot. You’ll quickly come to a junction and follow the Lower Chimney Rock Trail that veers left.

The loop trail around Little Sugarloaf is easy walking with minimal elevation change. For those that want a little more challenge take the trail up to the summit. You’ll see a sign that says “to summit.” Follow the rough and steep trail as it climbs the short distance straight up Little Sugarloaf’s north side. The summit is a flat area of slickrock and offers wonderful 360 degree views.

Once you’ve descended, continue following the Lower Chimney Rock Trail as it loops around Little Sugarloaf. The rest of the trail isn’t all too exciting, but you’ll still have a few good views, including one of iconic Coffee Pot Rock as you again near the trailhead.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Red Rock Pass

Open Year-round



Great views from summit.


Limited parking at trailhead. Steep trail to summit.

Trailhead Elevation

4,557.00 ft (1,388.97 m)

Highest point

4,800.00 ft (1,463.04 m)


Family friendly
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping

Red Rock District, Coconino National Forest
Red Rock District, Coconino National Forest


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