The Stats: Trail Name: Sunrise Trail to Sunrise Peak Location: Scottsdale, AZ Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,112 feet Published Difficulty: Moderate Dog friendliness: Bring 'em along
Sunrise Peak trail features one of the lower summits within the McDowell mountain range. The trail itself isn’t excessively trafficked, which is definitely a welcome change from some of the more popular Scottsdale hiking trails. Another great benefit is that this trail provides a decently challenging climb to the summit.
As you progress through the trail, be sure to look out for the Fountain Hills fountain in the distance. That is, assuming you’re there during a time when the fountain is running. Sunrise Peak itself offers a nice view – though a little more residentially facing than I typically prefer. It definitely produced some sweat, and is a relatively quick trip from North Phoenix or Scottsdale if you’re trying to get a quick workout on the books.
Let the fun begin!
The primary trailhead is at the end of Via Linda Drive in east Scottsdale. From the 101 freeway, take Shea Boulevard east for a little over two miles until you reach Via Linda. Turn left to follow Via Linda north and east about 6 miles. It will end at a gate leading to a residential development with parking for about 20 vehicles. The trailhead is immediately to the left.
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