Sunrise Trail

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4.4 Miles 7.1 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,120' 341 m

Ascent

-952' -290 m

Descent

2,850' 869 m

High

1,774' 541 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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One of the best but most difficult trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Daniel Young

Overview

Dogs: Leashed

Description

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 hardpack. Climb up the switchbacks to get to the false summit and enjoy fantastic views.

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 occasional rock gardens, 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 Lost Dog Trailhead or turn around and go back up (Ridiculous!!!)

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Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

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When is the best time to come to the area for some MTB winter or spring? Sep 18, 2014


Our riding season is pretty baller between October and March if you can ride while the sun is up. The only time you'll need a jacket while riding in Phoenix is the colder months, and usually only in the morning or evening. Highs in the 60's even in those months. Trails will be congested with retirees and Canadian geese. All that being said... Stay out snowbird! JK, all mountain bikers welcome, just drive 10 over like a local and you wont have problems. Oct 21, 2014


Nice trial! Good climb, fun downhill. Lots of snowbirds shuffling along looking at you like deer in the headlights. They add a technical difficulty to the decent. Mar 7, 2015


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