|Hiking||5.50 Miles|| 3 Hrs 38 Mns || ||1.51 mph|
|1,282 ft AEG|| || || |
Today we hiked the Sunrise Trail in the McDowell Mountain Preserve. We started out at the trail head at the end of Via Linda. There is a nice parking area with overflow across the street.
The trail starts out in a residential area and immediately your first step will be elevation gain until you go up nearly 1,000 feet. During the first leg of the hike we found the trail to be somewhat busy with many of the "hikers" seemingly nearby residents. I presumed this because of their gym wear outfits and cell phones.
Once you make it to the first "look out" the traffic clears out substantially. To reach this point you have hiked a little over a mile and climbed from 1923' to 2460'. This section of the trail presented a great deal of Poppies, seemingly strategically places Saguaro, and a nice collection of Barrel Cactus. As you near the top of this particular section, you are also walking amidst wonderful large granite boulders. Very scenic! The trail, by the way, is also in very good condition with a few area of slippery scree on the trail. Bring good boots.
From the first look out you continue your accent until you reach the east peak spur which is at 2852" and presents wonderful views east to Fountain Hills (we were able to see the fountain shooting up in the distance) and looking west you can see Camelback Mountain as well as the skyscrapers of downtown Phoenix. A remarkable view!
From here, if you like, you can take the Peak Spur to the summit at 3069'.
Once you cross the top, and continue your journey westward, the landscape changes dramatically. There is significantly less granite and the views open up to long range vistas as you trek along the top of the ridge.
From this point on you are beginning a very slow decent until you ultimately reach the Lost Dog Trail head completely your 5.5 mile journey.
I loved this trail and will be back many times I am sure.
||Wildflowers Observation Substantial