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Sunrise Mountain - Peoria, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,394 feet
Elevation Gain 420 feet
Accumulated Gain 890 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1-2 hours
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Peoria on the Rise
by HAZ_Hikebot

Overview: Collection of various trails at Sunrise Mountain in Peoria. Page data reflects what the city designates at the "Intermediate" route. Adjust data accordingly when posting your triplog. Trails are closed from sundown to sunrise. Pets must be restrained on a leash, no longer than six feet in length. Pet waste must be cleaned up and properly disposed.

Beginner Trail: 1.5mi / 150ft Map This mountain trail walking path is designed for persons who are just beginning their mountain hiking experiences. The 1.5 mile loop will challenge you with an elevation climb of 150 feet in elevation for the first part of your hike and you will enjoy a level and downhill walking path the second part of your hike. You will observe many of the neighboring community's roof tops along this hike as well as lush desert landscape and native wildlife. This path is an excellent opportunity for you to build your stamina to experience the intermediate walking paths with greater viewing opportunities of Peoria, our neighboring cities, and Maricopa County.

Intermediate Trail: 3.0mi / 420ft Map This one is going to get your heart beat going! Get yourself in good shape, or take plenty of resting breaks to experience this intermediate hiking path. You start with a 150' incline for the first half mile to get warmed up. Then the hike levels off for the next half mile. But be prepared because the next two-thirds mile provides a lot of undulation and another increase in elevation approximately 300 feet and some of that incline is steep. There are several opportunities to take a break along this incline that provides scenic views and resting areas if you choose to do so. You will be rewarded when you reach the top of the peak just past the 1.5 mile point with panoramic views a full 360 degrees. On a clear day you will see downtown Phoenix to the southeast, White Peak toward the west, Lake Pleasant and Waddell Dam to the north, and the New River Dam toward the northeast that joins the West Wing and East Wing mountains together. You will be rewarded with downhill and level terrain for the remainder of the hike. The first 1.25 miles of the path is wide enough for two people to pass in opposite directions without needing to slow down or step sideways. Please read and follow all the mountain trails rules and enjoy this heart pumping experience.

Advanced Trail: 4.2mi / 420ft Map This hike will be one of the most enjoyable experiences you will have on Sunrise Mountain but you better be in pretty good physical shape to complete the 4.2 mile loop. Compared to the Sunrise Mountain intermediate level hike, this one will challenge you in some more unique ways. While the elevation incline is the same as the intermediate hike, don't let that falsely misguide you... there is a lot more undulation and the inclines are going to be much steeper and challenging... not to mention the distance is an additional mile... but the added length provides better views from several peaks across the mountain ridgeline.

You start from the elementary school parking lot and you will continue to climb in elevation for the first three quarter mile. The last quarter mile of that incline is steep and challenging and it will take your breath away if you push yourself. You'll get a little reprieve at this point for the next quarter mile, but you're right back at it with another one half mile incline that is steep and breathless. For the next mile, you will have some undulation as you walk the ridgeline and circle the easternmost portion of Sunrise Mountain. Although this hike does not guide you to the top of this eastern mountain peak, it is a great place to hike to the top and appreciate the spectacular birds-eye view of Peoria, Glendale, and Phoenix. Once you've taken a rest from the top of the mountain, your two mile return trip is a variety of downhill and some uphill undulation that you can enjoy the scenery that the mountain has to offer.

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2008-05-10 HAZ_Hikebot
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Most recent of 26 deeper Triplog Reviews
Sunrise Mountain - Peoria
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After a two year hiatus I returned to Sunrise. A few nice moms out hiking. Toasty n schweddy. Nice to introduce Denny to a new trail. Doubt he'll make the 40 mile bike ride out for this hike but you never know. jlp road almost this far once... just sayin' :D
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Had to get up off my butt and get back into hiking shape, thought I would get in a pair of peaks today to help that along. My wife went back to teaching this fall and it has definitely impacted my hiking time, all part of the fun. It just means I have to run around with my kids more, no worries! Sadly, this was the longest hike I have done in 3 months almost. I parked at Westwing Park about 4:30 to start my fun for the day. I hit Sunrise first on all of the 'difficult' trails, and then crossed the street to knock out Westwing. Sunrise is OK, good effort but not he most exciting. Westwing is a fun little mountain and surprisingly rugged in spots! Took a nice break on top, otherwise no stops on the rest of the hike. The only real downer to this one is hiking through the neighborhood, but it is a pretty short stretch.
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Took a half day from work as an out of town friend came in for the weekend and we wanted to get a quick birthday walk in before the liquid afternoon :). Nice to be able to do a mid-day hike in April.
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Figured after working for the City (Peoria) it's about time I expand my hiking horizons to figure out what we have to offer. Very impressed by the trail system - and different variations that could be carved out of the mountain. Views from atop are enjoyable, with a clean view of downtown this morning as well as the dam, 303, hieroglyphics, and other valley mountains. Not to mention I got a birds eye view of many of my work projects that are in the immediate vicinity.
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Sunrise & West Wing Combo
I got this idea from HippiePunkPirate's posted track, looked like a good amount of effort, and two peaks! I got started about 3:45 from the park TH and made my way up Sunrise first. I chose the difficult trail for the whole way to try and squeeze as much AEG as I could out of this one. I was surprised to have the trail to myself, I did not see anyone until I was about halfway back down again. After finishing up Sunrise, I crossed the street and made my way up West Wing. This was my first time on this mountain, I will have to come back again! There are many different track and looping options to be had for sure. I even ran into a desert tortoise on the east end of the loop. Best part, still made it over to the community center for my daughter's dance class. Good day!
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Jessica liked the cooler weather, lack of gnats and easier grade. We got lucky cloud cover on the ascents too!

The difficult trail is safer than the easy trail. The easy trail is ball bearings on slanted hard flat surfaces similar to sections heading up Tom's Thumb.

Best part of the hike was the beginning. A small crowd of kids rushed to make the morning bell which sounded like a low tone alarm clock. Just fun to witness the squeaky clean group giggling along.

Jessica reminded me of a bear in the area years ago. Thought she was nuts, of course I'm always wrong on these things ... html
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Late morning hike on the way back from Home Depot. Kinda breezy today...felt nice! Went all the way out to the end of the loop and back over the summit ridge, hadn't ever made it out that far. I was hoping to get up closer to 1000' AEG, might have to throw in a couple more hill climbs next time.

A single brittlebush blooming at the summit.
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East Wing-West Wing-Sunrise
Time constraints kept me in town.
Hit all three of my neighborhood exercise hikes.
Found an old spur trail on Sunrise. 8) :y:
Lots-O-People Hiking West Wing. 8-[
Took a nap on top of Sunrise. :zzz: Saw the Owl again this year. :y:
High winds whipped up the smell of the Scorpion Weed flowers into the air. :sk:

East Wing - Was better than Moderate - Thick Pockets of Lupine, Blue Dicks, Desert Chicory, Scorpion Weed, Brittle Bush and more.
West Wing and Sunrise - Had some of the above, and some Poppy's, but a bit more sparse.
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Even at 6:50 pm it's 104!! Kept it kind of short today, did the beginner loop and about half the standard loop. Once the sun started to go down the heat wasn't nearly as intense even with the high temp. Was a little worried about getting caught in the dark so I cut it short, in hind sight I should've just finished the and learn! ;)
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Started from the West Wing Park parking lot, again walking the kids to school before heading out. Completed the Advanced Loop for the first time, if you can do the intermediate loop there's no reason you can't tackle this one. The distance is a little further with 2 short climbs that are no more difficult that what you've already done - and is well worth it! There's just one stretch parallel to Happy Valley road where the trail is a little narrow but footing is secure with no real issues.

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Map Drive
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To West Wing Trailhead
Use West Wing TH - E of Black Rock Blvd

Below works but is outdated, most use the designated West Wing TH above.

This trailhead serves West Wing & Sunrise Mountains. It is located just NW of Westwing Elementary School.

From Happy Valley Rd follow N 83rd Ave north 1.2 miles to Jomax. 83rd turns into Westwing Parkway. Continue on Westwing Parkway 0.9 miles to High Desert Dr. Flip a U turn and continue back 0.15 miles to obvious "T" shaped trailhead. Looking at map before heading out is recommended as it makes more sense with a visual reference in mind.

Some park at the school lot off N High Desert Dr when it is not in session to save 0.25 mile flat access trail. There is gate that may be locked and it's not really proper.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 35.5 mi - about 50 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 140 mi - about 2 hours 20 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 128 mi - about 1 hour 58 mins
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