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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