Sunrise Moderate

Maricopa County, Arizona

Distance4.7mi
Elevation Gain3,144ft
Trailhead Elevation1,939ft
Top2,856ft
Elevation Min/Max1701/2856ft
Elevation Start/End1939/1939ft

Sunrise Moderate

Sunrise (Moderate) 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. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Ringtail (Moderate) and Andrews-Kinsey Trail.

Sunrise (Moderate) Professional Reviews and Guides

"Pinnacle Peak Trail offers northeastern valley residents a wonderful place to exercise after work or to spend a weekend afternoon with the family. The trail is scenic and well maintained and has just enough elevation gain to warrant a moderate difficulty rating."

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2/10/2018
Sunrise Trail actually has two trailheads.....one 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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12/9/2011
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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1/13/2010
Way better than I was expecting. The views are awesome for being so close to the city. Quite a few people on the trail. The gunshots get a little anoying from the shooting range. The nature center is worth a visit too
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2/1/2009
This is a nice trail except for the obnoxious gunfire on the west and north sides of the mountain. The east and south sides are lee from the Maricopa County gun range and so are quite peaceful and nice. Lots of horses. Some really nice views of the Tontos, though.
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1/6/2008
It was a cool drizzly day but the scenery was still wonderful along this trail...great views into the Salt River basin and lots of beautiful cacti and desert flora. I did the full loop in just over 3 hours. I recommend starting this trail at the official trailhead, NOT the Wind Cave trailhead, which is where I started unfortunately. The official Pass Mountain trailhead is at the lowest point of the Pass Mountain loop--so you finish downhill. After 6.5 miles and legs and knees sore after the quite steep downhill portion, the last thing I wanted was a half mile of a slow and steady uphill climb back to my car. Don't get me wrong, it's not steep, but it is very steady with no leveling or downhill runs, and it was not welcome :) But all in all a very scenic trail.
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Trail Information

Maricopa County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
USGS: Sawik Mountain
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018