|Hiking||9.50 Miles|| 4 Hrs 35 Mns || ||2.07 mph|
|2,051 ft AEG|| || || |
I started at the Sunrise TH at the end of Via Linda Dr. and made my way up to Sunrise Peak. from there I took the spur back to the north back onto the Sunrise Trail and took it all the way over to the Lost Dog Wash Trail and then turned around. On the way back, I took the 136th St. Spur Trail down to Via Linda and returned to the Sunrise TH on the trail adjacent to Via Linda, making a loop.
The trail got noticeably more crowded the closer you get to the Lost Dog Wash area, probably because of all the loops and two THs are near there. There were even some of the dreaded mountain bikers, but not too many, and they were decidely less agressive and much more considerate than the yahoos that frequent the Squaw Peak/Phoenix Mountain Preserve area.
The 136th St. Spur Trail starts off at the top (junction with Sunrise trail) being very narrow, almost to the point of being faint. It drops quickly into the wash, at which there really isn't so much of a trail as much as you just follow the wash. In some areas there are some mini-cliffs that you have to scale down, which should give me a little idea of what I'll be in for this Friday doing two of the Four Peaks. After a while the wash levels out and is pretty easy to navigate. I passed the area by the 136th St. Access area/TH without noticing it and just took the wash all the way down to Via Linda.
The weather was ver pleasant. It started off cool at dawn and never got too warm once the sun hit. Sunny skies and warm temps for the most part, with a few cool breezes in between to cool you off once it got warmer.