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Sunrise Trail to No-Name Trail, AZ
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Sunrise Trail to No-Name Trail, AZ 
Sunrise Trail to No-Name Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2013
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking7.10 Miles 1,929 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   5 Hrs   19 Mns   2.52 mph
1,929 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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I should call this "Sunrise Trail - Wandering".
Remember - Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost :) :)
The wandering part is because half the hike was off-trail, exploring where a new trail may eventually be built. Scottsdale and Fountain Hills are planning to connect both their McDowell trail systems with this, yet to be completed and yet to be named trail.
(I'll call it "No-Name Trail").

Fountain Hills has already built a portion of their side of this No-Name Trail. There is Arizona Trust land to be dealt with prior to more trail-building, and I wanted to hike out to look at the possibilities of where the rest of the No-Name Trail may be constructed.

I started at the Sunrise Trail 145th St trailhead and progressed to the horse hitching post. From there, I saw something very straight and vertical on a peak off-trail to the northeast. It had to be man-made, since nature rarely does "straight". It turns out it was a tall pipe cemented to a little ridge peak, with writing in the cement. I wish it had a date in the cement. From there I noticed no less than thirteen or fourteen little rocky peaks on this ridgeline, that was heading north-northwest, in the direction of Thompson Peak. These ridgeline peaks were so tiny, they wouldn't qualify as "peak-bagging", but why not go up all of them anyway.

It was a very leisurely stroll up and down all these little rock-filled ridge peaks, with unique, scenic views in all directions. This ridgeline ends at the base of a real peak, Peak 3585, which is 4 mountain peaks southeast of Thompson Pk. From this rocky ridgeline I also had an excellent view of the Fountain Hills portion of their completed section of No-Name Trail.

I then hiked out on another, non-rock filled ridgeline, to get another perspective on possible routes for the new trail. I did find a couple white strips tied to shrubs (trail markers ?) on this ridgeline, but they appeared to be very old.
Mexican Poppies are in bloom on this ridgeline. A few days ago on a hike, I only found one lonely Mexican Poppy. Spring flowers are coming soon.

This was a nice little adventure, and I'll be very interested in where (and when) the actual No-Name Trail is completed. Possibly, I was on part of it today.
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