From my Jan'09 "first hike attempt" for this north Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve hike: This is not and should not have been a difficult route finding hike- You enter the wash, go up the wash(nowhere else to go but up), connect with the "signed" spur trail(on the left side of wash), up hill, and then turn right and on to Sunrise Peak at 3069ft (for a total of ~2.5mls one way). Well, today three of us could not find the "signed" spur trail out of the wash. I had my trusty GPS which said we were 1.4mls up the wash from our beginning TH and at this point the wash was starting to close-in with some more serious overgrowth and 5ft+ dry waterfalls to climb, so I just assumed that we were talking too much at the 1.2ml mark and just missed that "signed" spur trail exiting the wash. We turned around at this 1.4ml point and I thought we carefully viewed the entire wash area going back and we still could not find that darn "signed" spur trail exit point..really pretty embarrassing
On my "second hike attempt"
for this same trail route, Angela joined me with her new 24x zoom camera with video to not miss anything and
I also spent some valuable pre-route planning time on HAZ MapDEX locating the reference beginning and ending waypoint coordinates for this allusive spur trail that leaves the wash and connects with the official Sunrise Trail. I loaded these two waypoints into my GPS Receiver and all was good
I probably did an overkill on pics for this 2.6ml one way urban route to summit Sunrise Peak, but I particularly wanted to document it via detail pics with captions along the route, and an official GPS Route with key waypoints noted and labeled.. http://hikearizona.com/map.php?QX=1191
so hopefully what happened to me on my first hike attempt Jan'09 will not happen to you.
Also, now having successfully completed this hike as an out and back, if up for this hike, we both recommend it either
as an out and back or
if more than one vehicle, it would make an enjoyable shuttle hike combined with the Sunrise Peak hike from any of the other TH access areas off of Via Linda (124th St, 128th St, or 145th St).. If you choose to do a shuttle hike, then we recommend you plan your hike so you are returning down wash to end at this 136th Street Spur TH.