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Sunrise Trail Equestrian Spur - MSP, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.34 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,879 feet
Elevation Gain 54 feet
Accumulated Gain 71 feet
Avg Time One Way 10 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.58
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Sunrise Peak 136th to 145th Loop
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Sunrise Peak 136th to 145th Loop
18  2012-12-19 paulshikleejr
Author paulshikleejr
author avatar Guides 20
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Age 54 Male Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Sun  6:14am - 6:25pm
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by paulshikleejr

Overview: This is the spur route from the equestrian/overflow parking area known as the Sunrise Equestrian Trailhead to the Sunrise Trailhead, proper, to the north.

Hike: This short trail links the large equestrian/overflow parking area south of the main trailhead to the main Sunrise Trail trailhead and trail. The trailhead facilities include a sitting area, drinking fountains, bike rack, and doggie waste bag dispenser. From the facilities, head down the path onto the trail itself. The majority of this trail is in or next to a creek bed/wash. A short 0.03 mile north from Emergency Marker SR2, you come to the turn-off to the first non-creek bed piece of the trail. You are quickly redirected onto the creek bed after only 0.02 mile and then follow the wash for 0.07 mile until you come to a turn-off marked by a whitish, pocked saguaro. Take this leg to the right and follow it for 0.06 mile until you cross the wash. Head up, and in 0.03 mile, you'll come to the culvert underneath the road. This culvert is a nice looking tunnel. After you emerge from the tunnel, 0.05 mile up the hill is the junction with the Sunrise Trail and the Sunrise Trailhead.

Water Sources: There is a drinking fountain at the trailhead.

Camping: Camping is not allowed on this trail.

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Most recent Triplog Reviews
Sunrise Trail Equestrian Spur - MSP
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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!
Sunrise Trail Equestrian Spur - MSP
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ATC challenge update: 124.2/133.4

Have now done all the trails in the Southern region of MSP! :) Date hike with Brad. He dropped me off at the equestrian area and I went down and around to start the regular hike with him.

Dinner at Blue Adobe outside on their newly remodeled patio.
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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.
Sunrise Trail Equestrian Spur - MSP
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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!
Sunrise Trail Equestrian Spur - MSP
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Sunrise Peak 136th to 145th Loop
Recent forum discussions on night hiking reminded me 'tis the season again, and I was easily able to convince 9L to join me for an easy hike. He was gonna be up north anyway, so my SOMO plan got altered to MSP, and we got to bag Sunrise Peak.

I'd never hiked the 136th spur, and at night in the desert it made for some fun, with a keen eye for snakes in the grassy areas of the wash and on the few short climbs where hands were on the ground. None seen or heard all night though, just a few small spiders, one small tarantula, an entire colony of bats that flew from a sheltered spot we spooked them from, and some crazy insect with a 4-inch wingspan near the peak.

It was warmer than I had expected and the air was stagnant and stale except for at the very top where a very light breeze was refreshing.

We hiked the equestrian spur at the bottom and found that a nice singletrack trail exists for the entire length of Via Linda, so you don't have to hike on the street or sidewalk to get back to the 136th TH.

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Map Drive
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To hike
From AZ Loop 101 North Exit 41 (Shea Boulevard), turn right (east) and travel 2.2 miles to Via Linda. Turn left (north) onto Via Linda and drive 5.2 miles. The "Sunrise Equestrian Trailhead" will be on your right.
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