★★★★☆ Moderate / Phoenix Area
Fantabulous 360° views await at the top of this lofty peak! Tucked into a beautiful McDowell Mountain valley, the Sunrise Hiking Trail gets less traffic than it’s northern sister-trails. And the radical views at the top make the trek up totally worthwhile.
TRAILHEAD: 12101 N. 145th Way, scottsdale • DIFFICULTY: MODERATE • DISTANCE: 2 MILES (4 RT) • APPROX. TIME: 2 – 2.5 HOURS RT • ELEVATION GAIN: 1,100 FEET (79 STORIES) • APPROX. CALORIES BURNED: 600-680 RT • BEST TIME OF YEAR: OCT. – APRIL • PETS: YES • KID FRIENDLY: NO • FACILITIES: none • FEES: None
Sitting on the southern tip of the McDowell Mountain Preserve, the Sunrise Hiking Trail kicks of from an intimate Scottsdale neighborhood. Within a few yards, the homes are quickly replaced by a gorgeous mountain valley.
At 1.8 miles, a spur trail switchbacks up to Sunrise Peak. And wow is it worth it! Incredible views unfurl in every direction, including a stunning southward view of Weavers Needle and the Superstitions.
If you’re looking for a longer hike, the Sunrise Hiking Trail continues another 2 miles down the backside of the mountain. There, it comes to its ends at a juncture with Lost Dog Wash Hiking Trail.
At 3.069′, Sunrise Peak is the shortest of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve six peaks. East End Peak is the highest at 4,059′.