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Sunrise Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Charles Liu, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix (Menasha Ridge Press).
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.
This is a great trail on which to take out of town visitors - easy to follow, good views and beautiful desert flora and fauna.
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
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.
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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