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Peak Spur Trail - MSP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.48 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,844 feet
Elevation Gain 213 feet
Accumulated Gain 233 feet
Avg Time One Way 15 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.26
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14  2019-02-23
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog Trailhead
15  2018-02-25
Sunrise Peak from 136th Street Spur
1  2015-05-17
Sunrise Peak from 145th Street
10  2014-12-05
Sunrise Adam Stewart
1  2014-10-10
Sunrise Peak - 145th St to Lost Dog
1  2014-01-02
Sunrise Peak 136th to 145th Loop
4  2013-11-11
Sunrise Trail - MSP
3  2013-09-21
Sunrise Peak from 145th Street
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Author paulshikleejr
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Age 54 Male Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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by paulshikleejr

Overview: This is the final "up and over" leg to get up and back down from the summit of Sunrise Peak. This description is of the trail as hiked from east to west.

Warning: Areas of this trail are somewhat steep and slippery with loose dirt. Use caution and step carefully.

Hike: Even though this trail is less than one-half mile in length, it can be broken down into a number of different sections. After a 1.66 mile hike up from the Sunrise Trailhead, you reach the saddle whereat can be found the eastern starting point of this spur trail, as indicated by a handy-dandy sign. Visible from this point is the tree that serves as the gateway to the summit area (as tagged on the photo in the photoset view, it is the first stand-alone tree [perched upon a small mound of rock] to the right of the large craggy outcropping above the sign). The trail leads up on the left of the sign through a number of short switchbacks for 0.08 mile to the most challenging stretch of trail. Between the 0.08 and 0.13 marks, the trail first heads around to the right and then up a moderate grade to and between a couple of palo verde trees (visible in aerial photos situated on either side of the trail). The next 0.05 mile is a fairly level break that leads to the final spur to the summit, to your left, as indicated by a small sign (if you continue straight forward, you'll miss the summit and end up back on the Sunrise Trail). This final 0.06 mile push upward is at a relatively easy grade, but many of the rocks are fairly smooth.

As you reach the tree you saw at the bottom of the spur (at the 0.24 mile mark), you have the choice of visiting the eastern summit to the left or the western summit to the right. At the eastern summit, you can look out to the southeast to Mesa and to the east to Fountain Hills and the Four Peaks beyond. You can also get a look at the valley and trails/roads to the northeast. At the western summit, you can see Thompson Peak to the northwest, North Scottsdale to the west, and Camelback Mountain to the southwest. Finally, looking more south, you can see the Mayo Clinic and into the lands of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community.

When you've had your fill of these excellent vistas, and after walking the roughly 0.05 mile at the summit, you find yourself back at the gateway tree and the 0.29 mile mark. Taking care on the smooth rocks, you make your way back the 0.06 mile to the little sign pointing back up to the summit and turn left. After 0.04 mile, you reach the top of a set of easy switchbacks that take you the final 0.09 mile down to the Sunrise Trail (for a total length of 0.48 mile).

Water Sources: No water is available on this short spur trail.

Camping: Camping is not allowed on this trail.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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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 14 deeper Triplog Reviews
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Limited on time so we decided to check this local urban hike out. Not a bad hike and not to crowded for a Saturday morning. From the peak we hiked out on the Andrew-Kinsey trail and then also checked out what looks to be a new trail, Overlook. Had a snack and then returned the same way back.
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I have not been out to Sunrise this year, so this seemed a great alternative to my heavy doses of SOMO and the Phoenix Mountain Preserves lately. Pulled in to the 136th street TH about 4:30 to get my hike started. I did not like the look of the automatic closing gate and 'closed at sunset', so I backtracked and parked in the almost deserted shopping center at 136th & Via Linda. I started up the wash, this is definitely the best trail on the Sunrise end of the park. Made it up to the summit in pretty good time, and saw my first other hikers of the day. I took a nice break up top to enjoy the views and then made my way down the 145th side. Saw about a dozen hikers coming down this way, nice easy decent too. I took the Equestrian spur from the 145th TH and followed that around to the dirt 'trail' that follows along Via Linda and took that back to the van. Absolutely fantastic sunset tonight, so much color in the clouds!
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Babysitter with kids - we hiked Sunrise to peak partly for workout and partly to disperse concrete sand that crazy people had taken up in buckets and dumped. 30 young guys - one in a tutu - carried huge American flag and buckets of rocks and concrete sand -- and some plan was thwarted by a local hiker and a two stewards. Weird. Probably they were going to put the big flag in concrete at the top. It's a Preserve - you can't just do that. Not many public places can you just erect a permanent structure randomly with a huge flag. Anyway .... City needed people to go up and disperse the concrete stuff and rocks. So we kicked the stuff around and mixed it in.

Barely got out by sunset. Changed clothes in parking lot. Dinner at Vito's --- way too heavy. Good but unhealthy.
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Short and steep. Crowded with holiday visitors. Did patrol duties - helped 4 people with route planning and questions. The overflow parking lot was about 1/3rd full. The Fountain Hills construction in Adero Canyon is depressing. Too bad they didn't protect that land.

And I fixed the hot tub myself this morning before the hike. Nice to sit in warm bubbles after a cold hike.
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Haven't explored much of the southern section of MSP, so I decided to give this hike a try. I hiked only to the summit of Sunrise Peak and back.

The trail is fantastic. The views and lack of crowds are outstanding. The elevation gain is significant, so I got a big workout. The climb reminds me of the Bell Pass hike closer to my neighborhood, in terms of grade/difficulty. Sunrise Peak offers gorgeous views of both this section of the McDowells, plus of north Scottsdale and Fountain Hills simultaneously. On one side you have a great view of the fountain. On the other you're looking down at Mayo Clinic and far off into Indian country and the rest of the Valley.

I really loved this trail. I'll return more often time permitting. Anyone from a different part of town will not be disappointed with the drive out to explore this area.
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Date hike with hubby - testing out new Saucony trail run/hike shoes - they are awesome! Haven't had new shoes in way too long. Was getting hot spots on my heels last few weeks - duh, get some new shoes.

Weather felt so good - 88 degrees - reminded me of May weather. Surprisingly only saw 4 other people out there. Dinner at Pita Jungle and ice cream at Cream City Cafe.

Added some '90s hip hop to my playlist and gave me extra spring in my step.

ocotillo very green, mormon tea bright green - no flowers though
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Date hike with husband - started around 5:00pm and only one other car in the parking lot. Was very cloudy but humidity was 50% and 104 degrees!! I was drenched in sweat by the end and re-thinking the workout I had already done earlier in the day at the gym. But as always the views at the top make it worth the leg burn. :wlift:

Changed clothes quickly and went to dinner at Blue Adobe on FLW Blvd. After dinner it was *pouring* rain - we walked slowly to the car to enjoy it - awesome Saturday night.
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After a week with my family in the South eating everything deep fried - needed a good exercise hike. Kids in school and had the day off. Went up to Sunrise peak and back. Parking lot about half full. Was really windy but not too cold and sunny. Brittle bush look very green - hoping it will be a good wildflower season this spring.
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Sunrise Peak 136th to 145th Loop
Nice late afternoon hike. We started around 5:30pm and made our way up the 136th St wash. This is a fun section that I always enjoy. From there we reached the Sunrise Trail and made our way to the peak. After a short break, we made our way down to the 145th St TH and then took the equestrian trail back to the cars. It was a good evening.
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Sunrise Peak 136th to 145th Loop
9L and I met up with Not Julia, DB and Hiker Dan for my first night hike of the year, whoo!
Ran into a javelina before we were even out of the wash...

Pretty sure it came running out of the drainage tube with some Goompas chasing after it!!! The Goompas never made an appearance but the Javelina posed for a few photos...darn thing refused to let me pin a "Hello my name is Fred" sticker on it...

Brisk hike up the hill, we regrouped at the major saddles, made it to the top in under an hour and breezed down the other side at what felt eerily like a jog to me!! :sweat:

Great to see everyone again, I suspect this will happen again soon. Whoo!

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Map Drive
Connector trail - Not Applicable

To hike
From the Shea Boulevard offramp from Arizona Loop 101, head east 6.0 miles to 136th Street. Turn left onto North 136th Street and drive 0.5 mile north to Via Linda. Turn right, heading east, and then follow the road as it curves north 1.4 miles to the Sunrise Trailhead to the left of the community gate.
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