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Sunrise Trail

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  4.2 from 5 votes
black  Difficult from 4 votes
Rank: #8 in the Phoenix Metro area
#53 in AZ, #2,159 Overall
Views: 1,034. Last 30 days: 32
Trail in the area near Scottsdale,
“One of the best but difficult trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.”
Daniel Young on Sep 4, 2013
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4.36.9 milesKilometers 1,099’335 m Ascent 2,847’868 m High 9% Avg Grade (5°)
Singletrack Type -932’-284 m Descent 1,774’541 m Low 28% Max Grade (16°)
Dogs must remain on leash.
From the Lost Dog trailhead, take the Lost Dog Wash Trail to the first junction and take a right to get on the Sunrise Trail.

There's a small climb which leads to another junction. Take it left to stay on Sunrise and climb up the rocky trail. It's a constant climb all the way to the top of the first switchbacks from here. Keep climbing and eventually the rocky trail will turn into a more hard-packed ground. Climb up the switchbacks to get to the false summit and enjoy the views of what you just climbed up.

Continue on the Sunrise trail along the mountain edge for another mile or so until you reach the Sunrise Peak spur. From here you can turn around and go down or continue down the other side of Sunrise Trail. It's mostly hardpack with some rock gardens in there, but it is some awesomely scary downhill.

Take it down to the Sunrise trailhead and either take the trail along Via Linda road back to the Lostdog Trailhead or turn around and go back up (Ridiculous!!!)
Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks
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