Lost Dog Wash Trail to Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail

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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
1,338 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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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.

trail running
3 months ago

This trail goes all the way up. It's a long, gradual climb to the top - somewhat challenging once you get up on the mountain, so we ran parts and hiked parts. The view from the top is totally worth it. 360-degree views of the entire valley and all its peaks! Running back down in the dark with headlamps was fun, and the terrain wasn't too challenging - felt totally safe/comfortable going at a good clip.

hiking
3 months ago

I love the fact that I can take one of several trails that are available. Some are moderate and some, like Sunrise Peak and the Quartz Trail, are a terrific challenge. Moreover, the views of the desert landscape and view of the surrounding mountains are fabulous. Just simply stop along the way and take in the beautiful scenery. I’m a flat lander from Illinois and think it’s spectacular there. The one thing I don’t like is people bringing dogs there. It’s rocky footing, hard on their paws and rarely do they bring enough water for them. I did have to help carry a dog down from the path going to Sunrise Peak. Wear good hiking shoes if you have them, bring plenty of water, sun screen, a hat and remember there ARE snakes there. Just be aware of your surroundings.
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hiking
4 months ago

I like this trail. The first section is uninspiring with lots of loose rocks and not much in the way of views. Then it opens up into a nice fairly clear trail with a gradual incline up the mountain and wide open scenery. The last bit before the top is steeper and rocky but fairly short. The views at the top are great.

4 months ago

Moderate hike, gradual incline but very rocky so wear stable shoes. Summit to peak makes for amazing views.

hiking
4 months ago

Hands down one of my favorite hikes in the area because of the view. The incline is steady the entire way up until the very end. I typically take my small dog with me when I go but leave my larger dog behind if I plan on going all the way to the top because the path gets very narrow. I love the view at the top and usually will spend about 20 minutes there to take it all in. If you go at the right time, you can even see the Fountain Hills fountain going off. I usually will do this hike on a week day because I can imagine it not being as enjoyable if it were to get really corwded especially at the top. The trailhead is very easy to get to and there is tons of parking with a well maintained bathroom.

hiking
5 months ago

I did not research where to park before I went to this trail. I ended up going through lost dog wash trail to sunset peak which proved to take a lot longer and I missed sunrise. I would say go at least two hours before just so you make sure you have parking and find the sunrise peak. It is a pretty easy trail, there are some parts where it gets steep but otherwise pretty doable. I'll have to go again at actual sunrise and see how it is lol.

hiking
5 months ago

Great 1.5 hour Incline Workout for me! Beautiful views from Sunrise Peak. Special treat was seeing The Fountain from Fountain Hills :) Moderate rating is fair as no technical climbing...total 2.5 hour hike for me today! Good Times!

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing views today! I had no idea this trail system existed! We had a great time and wished we could have gone further!

hiking
6 months ago

The trail was nice and well maintained. Very heavy traffic with loose rocks all over the trail. Not my favorite hike, I wouldn't do it again.

7 months ago

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

7 months 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.

7 months 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.

7 months ago

favorite hike!

8 months 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!!

hiking
8 months 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.

hiking
8 months 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.

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 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.

hiking
11 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.

hiking
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hiking
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