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Sunrise Peak - White Mtns, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 10,687 feet
Elevation Gain 1,370 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 7.07
Interest Seasonal Creek, Perennial Creek & Peak
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Reservation Fort Apache
Preferred   Jul, Jun, Aug, Sep
Sun  6:03am - 6:21pm
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Likely In-Season!
This hike begins at the base of Sunrise Peak near the sunrise park main parking dirt lot. The trail traverses back and forth up Sunrise Peak through mainly Fir, Spruce and Aspen forests. Snow can linger well into June on Sunrise Peak depending on winters snow pack. Snow can be seen on Mt. Ord until the end of June or longer some years. Be aware that even in summer temperatures can be chilly or almost hot in direct sunlight.


As you reach the top of Sunrise Peak you pass a granite outcrop and you will see Fungus Trail that descends down the western slope of Sunrise peak. This narrow trail is also used by mountain bikes. Being there on a slow afternoon I took advantage of exploring this side trail. I found it to be a pleasant stroll into a well shaded conifer forest.

Once just past the rock outcrop the trail swings back round to the east and to the summit with excellent views of Mt. Ord, Green's Peak, Sunrise Lake, Crescent Lake etc. There is a small snack shop on top with a viewing deck with nearly 360 degree views. There is also a bathroom located next to the snack shop. Wind is common near the summit with 60-70 degree temps common at only the hottest part of the day. If hiking the mountain be sure to purchase a recreation/hiking permit at the resort store, Sunrise Lake convenient store or Hondah convenient store or online at wmatoutdoors.org or purchase a lift ticket and ride the chair lift straight to the top.

Be aware there are frequent target shooting/archery competitions at the park so stay on open trails. Lift ticket doubles as a hiking permit for this trail and lift ticket is good all day and mtn bikes can be rented on site and taken up on chair lift.

There are also some short and easy trails in and around the Sunrise Lake Campground that are open all week. Sunrise Park is normally open only on Saturday, Sunday and holidays during summer months. Check rates, openings and closings at www.sunriseskiparkaz.com

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Sunrise Peak - White Mtns
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    Nice day on top of Sunrise Peak. Stopped in at the café on top of the peak for some Navajo Taco's. Temp at the top was 60 degrees, cloudy and breezy around 1:00 pm which was a nice change from Phx heat. I hiked around a little near the top of the peak and was pleased to see most of the trails on the mtn open for public access, in the years past they only had one or two specific routes open. Uphill hiking was difficult at this high elevation found it difficult to breath and had to move slower uphill. Overall a great experience.
    Sunrise Peak - White Mtns
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    Excellent day spent on Sunrise Peak exploring the area and some side trails. The weather was nice. A little chilly on top from the wind and a little hot below the summit in the sun. Lots of animal droppings noted mostly Elk. Grass is green in some places but starting to turn in more exposed areas. Summer rains hopefully come sooner than later.

    Permit $$
    • Some areas are closed to access from Labor Day to April 1st, read about it in the link provided below.
    • Permits, closures and regulations at White Mountain Apache Tribe < Cibecue, Black River, Salt River, etc.
    Sunrise Park Resort


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    To hike
    From Pinetop head east on hwy 260 to Sunrise Park Resort turn off hwy 273 and follow the signs to Sunrise Park. Its about 10 mins from the 260 hwy to the park.
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