Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail

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Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.3 miles 2227 feet Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

wildlife

1 day ago

2 days ago

Started at the Sunrise Peak trailhead and went over the mountain to the Lost Dog trailhead, a total of 10.6 miles per fitbit. Very easy to follow. It ends at the Sonoran Preserve, which is lovely because there are real bathrooms (: this is my favorite hike in the Phoenix area! Gorgeous views and a moderate hike. Good training for canyon hikes.

23 days ago

25 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

The McDowells are becoming one of my favorite places to hike. I started at the Sunrise trailhead at Via Linda and 145th Way. It was almost 4 miles up and back. Beautiful trail and views from the top. I could see Fountain Hills, Four Peaks, Red Mountain, and the Superstitions. Well-maintained trails and not too crowded. I want to come back and hike Thompson Peak and Tom's Thumb next time!

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is definitely a brisk walk! The view at the top is amazing and well worth your time! The incline is very gradual but elevation quite high. Little scramble if you take the fast way to the peak. Trail wasn't too busy there are many different access trails and side trails in this area. Would definitely do it again!

walking
3 months ago

Uneventful. Easy 2 hour plus RT from 28th St. Nice brisk walk.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

love this trail, have so many options. from lost dog trailhead can hike to the hitching post in the saddle or go all the way to the top. can also keep on the trail and go down the other side to the sunrise trailhead at the end of via linda. will need a ride back to list dog or hike it back

the sunrise trailhead is in a canyon, shorter and steeper. pretty trail

so weekdays like the shorter hike at sunrise trail head, same elevation gain and weekends the lost dog trailhead, more time to hike

for shorter elevation gain try lost dog trail if just starting hiking

hiking
4 months ago

This trail should be rated "moderate" because it's a pretty good climb. The 360-degree views are outrageously beautiful from the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Another great 1/2 day or Grand Canyon training hike with lots of elevation change. I like to start at 128th Street and go over to 145th, but either way is fine. The east side is much prettier in my opinion with deep canyons and lots of saguaros. I also just tried the Andrews-Kinsey trail this week which heads NE from the saddle and liked that as well for an 8.4 from the east TH out and back.

hiking
5 months ago

Great day hike! We did 124th st access to the summit and back in a few hours. Bring plenty of water and a snack.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, easily marked, great views from the peak. Definitely will do again soon.

5 months ago

Beautiful and easily accessible. A peaceful and easy hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views, almost 360 at the peak! We started at Sunrise Peak Trailhead to Lost Dog Trailhead and then back . This was a good call, since Lost Dog Trailhead had restrooms and shaded areas for resting before heading back to the other trailhead. The relatively steeper climb is between Sunrise Trailhead and the peak. It also offers several pockets of shade in the afternoon and a beautiful view of the desert mountain. From peak to Lost Dog is less of an incline, longer, virtually no shade and equally beautiful views of the city and desert in bloom..

hiking
6 months ago

The trail was amazing and the views were incredible. The trail started with a moderate climb and is well maintained. The best part of the trail is the beginning because it takes you into the mountain and to the backside so you don't see many homes. The peak at the top is great and even rivals camelback in my opinion.

We started at Sunrise and ended at lost dog and it took 3 hours and 7.89 miles.

7 months ago

This is a nice shaded hike in the afternoon. The trail has a gradual incline and isn't too aggressive until you approach the trail to the peak. There is water at the trailhead, but no restrooms.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous local hike with great views. Moderate level- great for fitness training.

8 months ago

Nice views. Fairly easy trail with some steep switchbacks but nothing too challenging. Worth it to go to the top peak and not the viewing area which is 0.6 miles shorter as the top peak gives a better panoramic view.

8 months ago

Relatively easy hike, with a difficult section towards the peak. Great views of the Scottsdale!