dogs on leash
A really great (and free!) way to spend a few hours. The first mile and a half consisted of relatively steep switchbacks, but as you approach the last half mile the terrain evens out and the trail breaks into a number of other trails, giving you the option to make your hike as long or as short as you'd like. Really beautiful views, ample rock climbing, well maintained trail, and though popular, it wasn't too hard to find some solitude. There isn't a water source, so just plan ahead.
This trail is a great workout. It has some steep switchbacks and a lot of cool rock formations. The last half mile is definitely the hardest and the trail gets quite narrow. I'm slightly overweight and was huffing and puffing this trail out, but it's doable with some short rests. It took me about an hour and a half to reach the top.
Jenny N. on Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail
Such a beautiful hiking trail! Good workout, pretty amazing views and overall one of the best I've done in Scottsdale so far. Looking forward to coming back again.