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Sunrise Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
astrobrewer
Hiking10.07 Miles 2,563 AEG
Hiking10.07 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.38 mph
2,563 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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I had planned on getting up early and hiking today, but instead went back to bed for a couple more hours. I finally felt up to doing something in the afternoon and decided to check out the Sunrise Trail. It was an overcast day which kept the temperature down which was nice. The Sunrise trailhead parking lot was had only one spot left when I got there at 1:30pm. The hike up to the peak is pretty steep and I worked up a good sweat. Along the way there were lots of wild flowers - yellow poppies and various blue and purple flowers too. There was also a lot of green. All over the place. I'm used to brown being the dominant color in Arizona, but there were a lot of places on the trail where it was very green. Weird.

There were quite a few people hanging out on the peak when I got there. It was a bit hazy, but the view was still impressive. I checked the time and saw that it was close to 3:00 and decided to wait for the fountain at Fountain Hills to go. I'm glad I waited. The fountain was pretty cool. After snapping a few pics I headed back down and continued Westward towards the Lost Dog trailhead. The hike to Lost Dog trailhead seemed to take forever, but I appreciated that on the return. The western part of the Sunrise trail between the peak and Lost Dog has the same elevation gain as the other part, but it climbs steadily over a much longer distance. I was able to keep up a decent pace even on the uphill part of the return leg.

As I approached Sunrise Peak on the return the sun finally broke through the clouds for a few minutes and really brought out the green on the hills. Very pretty. Overall I like this trail a lot and expect to do it again.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Numerous areas covered with yellow poppies and various blue flowers.
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