Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail

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Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, Arizona 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.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1112 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

wildlife

24 days ago

Sitting here at 5AM. Gate is not opening?! Does anyone know about when this officially opens? Why is it called the sunrise, so you can sit at the gate and wait for the sun to rise?

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike. Got a little to warm, we started too late. There is an awesome overlook about two thirds of the way up to take a quick rest before you summit. Crews were out working on the trail, it is exceptionally maintained. Thanks guys!

27 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views! Would definitely do this trail again!

28 days ago

Very nice hike with beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail. It is on the easy side of moderate, but this trail is not easy. There is some good elevation changes and some excellent scenery. The lower parts of the trail are pretty easy, but the later parts near the summit are where it because more difficult. Definitely worth checking out.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Moderate is perfect description. Summited right before sunset and while it was beautiful we really had to hoof it back down to beat the night setting in. So last mile was pretty dark. Would do again at sunset but descend on one of the western-facing trails.

1 month ago

Amazing view at sunset, not just sunrise. On easier side for a moderate trail, short and sweet with a great payoff at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Did the accent to the summit this morning.at 5:35am. Parking lot does not open till roughly 30 minutes before sunrise, however we were lucky that the overflow lot was not gated when we arrived. The climb was moderately easy with the last .8 miles of steep incline to the summit. The views of the sunrise were breathtaking and would be willing to do it again. Crowds were light and plan on a 45 minute climb at a good steady pace.

1 month ago

Easy to stay on trail. Can get pretty crowded so I suggest going very early in the morning if you do not like crowds. It says 3.7 but we actually clocked about 4.6 to get all the way to the peak. Great views on the way and at the top

1 month ago

Trail very well marked, essentially impossible to get off the trail.

Nice to find a trail with some nice smooth areas, and a nice easy incline, which makes for a very pleasant hike.

Round-trip, one hour. Spectacular views

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was not marked at all.....we are fairly experienced hikers and we got off trail twice and never was able to get back on trail again.....would definitely not recommend this hike. Put some trail markings or signs in.

2 months ago

very cool hike, super windy at top..but beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

Great quick hike. Took about 45 up and 25 down, ran most of the way. Good in the evening because it's mostly shaded. Good work out in 1.5 hours.

2 months ago

Nice hike. Relatively easy.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice steady incline and for sure more challenging after the first viewing point. So rewarding at the summit, amazing views. Didn't make it all the way up the first time, but paced myself and lots of small breaks and got to the top, well worth it!!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, but much more challenging than i anticipated. Incredible views and very clean.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Great views all the way and especially from the very top. Rocky trail and moderately steep in places. Saw the Fountain Hills fountain from the top. Only one mountain biker. Where is the wildlife though? Took us 2.5 hours.

2 months ago

Great trail. Short but steep to terrific views.

3 months ago

Cuts through a beautiful tract of land on a rolling uphill incline. Great workout, great fun!

3 months ago

Worthy Trail. Ran it with my son.

hiking
3 months ago

I loved this moderate trail. Beautiful views, good inclines and a good workout! Make sure ya have good hiking shoes as there is a lot of loose rocks. Nonetheless incredible !

3 months ago

Long gradual climb for the 1st km; just as long and a bit steeper for the second; a lot steeper for the third km, especially the last third of a km or quarter-mile of the spur trail up to the summit. Delightful descent all the way back

hiking
3 months ago

I did this trail from 11am-2:15pm today. It was definitely borderline between moderate/hard for me. I took a 45 minute break to relax and enjoy the view at the top. I would not want to do this hike when it is much warmer out. I did it with my dog and we both enjoyed it. Beware of other dogs that are off of their leash.

3 months ago

Loved it

3 months ago

Great views, challenging hike and not overcrowded. Will definitely do it again when I come back.

3 months ago

Amazing views , would do it again

hiking
3 months ago

For a trail among private housing, this was one of the best. A bit of a challenge, it seems to steadily get steeper as you get closer to the top, but worth it for the view of the sunrise.

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained trail. Very little loose rock-mostly sandy and some DG. Nice views to the south and west.

Love this trail

4 months ago

Spectacular views, especially at sunrise! Challenging trail.

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