McDowell Sonoran Preserve-Sunrise Trail

Maricopa County, Arizona

Elevation Gain3,144ft
Trailhead Elevation1,939ft
Elevation Min/Max1701/2856ft
Elevation Start/End1939/1939ft

McDowell Sonoran Preserve-Sunrise Trail

McDowell Sonoran Preserve-Sunrise Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Maricopa County, Arizona. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 1,939 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,144 feet. This trail connects with the following: Ringtail (Moderate) and Andrews-Kinsey Trail.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Phoenix - 3rd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Charles Liu
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"One of the Phoenix area’s most popular in-town hikes, Sunrise Trail is a treat. Enjoy unspoiled desert in the beautiful McDowell Sonoran Preserve, take in fantastic views of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, and challenge yourself on the superbly maintained trail to the 3,069-foot Sunrise Peak. Its ease of access, proximity to town, multiple trailheads, stunning scenery and views, and perfect balance between challenge and enjoyment appeal to a wide range of hikers. If you can’t find something to love about this trail, you might be having a really bad day." Read more

McDowell Sonoran Preserve-Sunrise Trail Reviews

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Sunrise Trail actually has two which connects from the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead off of Via Linda Ave and 124th and the other at the end of Via Linda, about 142nd street. The one starting at 142nd does not have restrooms but does have drinking fountains. This one is also a bit steeper to get to the base of Sunrise Mt. Beautiful views and not that crowded of a trail. Highly recommend this trail as well as the one off of 124th.
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This is a great trail on which to take out of town visitors - easy to follow, good views and beautiful desert flora and fauna.

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Trail Information

Maricopa County
Nearby City
Skill Level
City, Views
Local Contacts
USGS Sawik Mountain; map available at trailhead
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018