Lost Dog Wash Trail to Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews
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Lost Dog Wash Trail to Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1338 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

no shade

This is an out and back hike that approaches Sunrise Peak in the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve from the west via the Sunrise Peak trail which begins at the Lost Dog Wash trailhead. It's a quiet, comfortable, gradual climb through prime Sonoran Desert before taking a steep spur trail on the last 0.2 mile to the top of Sunrise Peak. The summit affords amazing 360-degree views of metro Phoenix, the Superstition Mountains and Four Peaks Wilderness.

8 days ago

Great views at the top, worth it to get there. I liked the incline, nice and steady, no need to scramble anything

13 days ago

While I'm not a big fan of the loose larger rocks that dominate the first and last halves of this hike, the overall hike is enjoyable. I found the constant, steady incline quite enjoyable, and the views from the summit are great. One oddity related to all the lost dog trails, they are the only trails I've been on where when greeting fellow hikers along the trail you are somewhat likely to receive an icy stare instead of a reciprocal greeting.

13 days ago

I great aerobic workout, long uphill climb for 2 miles, then it turns into a quad burner. Very uneven and rocky. Probably should be rated as harder.

favorite hike!

1 month ago

Really enjoyed this trail!! Beautiful view at the peak. Pretty moderate/easy throughout, but last 0.2 mi is pretty steep. Stick with it!!

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1 month ago

Great hike, rocky with the washes. Good steady elevation gain with some switchbacks. Once you hit sunrise peak, the view is great being able to see az landscape and other mountains surrounding. I would definitely do this again.

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1 month ago

This was a good hike. Steady incline. Lots of people. Started out about 730am and was in the shadow of the mountain most of the way so the heat wasn’t bad.

1 month ago

the first mile or so is tedious but the payoff is worth it.

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3 months ago

I rate this hike highly because of 2 things, 1, if you get to the hike in the morning, you can be in the shade almost 90% of the hike. 2. This is a slightly more gradual hike to the sunrise peak than ascending it form the sunrise trailhead, albeit a bit longer. Regardless, its a lot less crowded than the other side since its longer and offers nice views. The spur climb at the top is good if you want to get your heart rate up.

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4 months ago

The scenic beauty is breathtaking even when it's 104f. I used trekking poles but you really don't need them. There handy if you come upon a snake.

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