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6 by photographer avatarWilliamnWendi
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Sunrise Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2014
WilliamnWendi
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.50 mph
      30 Mns Break
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1st trip
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We had planned to this from TH to TH but we made up to the peak by 10:30, quicker than we anticipated. If we continued on to the Via Linda TH we would be eating lunch at the TH. That didn't sound appealing so we nixed that idea. When we do this hike again we will leave an hour (8:00) earlier so we can be back up top again for lunch.
I overheard a couple of ladies at the TH talk about hiking the Sunrise. Luckily I was right behind them when came to the intersection for it. They headed north when the Sunrise starts south and was able to let them know. I consider the turnoff, though signed, hard to spot, and these two proved my suspicions. I don't think they ever made it to the top. I think I might have spotted them coming off the area where rocky section finally ends but not sure if they ever made it to the first saddle.
The final ascent, switchbacks and all were pretty tight for the amount of people running around so a little patience is required for letting traffic pass. The top was pretty nice, well worth the effort. Tarantula Wasps seem to be kings for the day, at least 20 of them were racing around. Luckily niether of us are tarantulas so other than having to duck from time to time they really didn't bother us. I tried to get a picture of a little hummingbird who, alone, flew among the wasps, but that hummer just mocked me for my efforts.
We decided, only to later decide not, to make a side trip down 136th ST. trail. By the time we got to that intersection, however, we realized that our sunscreen didn't make the trip and we opted to save our skin and head back to our TH.
We are really enjoying this area and will probably revisit again very shortly.
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