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Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon TH
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Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2021
Hiking7.21 Miles 1,605 AEG
Hiking7.21 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.59 mph
1,605 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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Another after-dentist appt hike and this time I got to the right TH; that in and of itself was interesting driving into a new neighborhood. As sad as it is to see this, at least we got a nice TH out of the deal. I had some french fries and milkshake since part of my mouth was numb and it’s the easiest thing to eat. The TH is very nice except for I assume are temporary porta potties.

As I took off I almost missed the Andrews-Kinsey Trail as it is to your left after you pass through the gate. However, it looks like I could have caught it again via the Western Loop. The trail starts off through some marvelous desert flora and the tread itself is unbelievably nice :app: . You start heading up right away and wind around toward the side of the mountains where you will continue on your way for most of this hike. You occasionally see lots of quartz during the initial mile it seems.

The trail follows the contour of the sides of the mountains going in and out and little ups and downs all the way until you get to the Sunrise Trail 3 miles or so later. As I was hiking I was wondering how you get the three miles but these are some long contours. I can imagine that this is so pretty in the spring because in spite of the dry desert now, it still impressed me.

I think about two miles in I looked over toward Fountain Hills and saw the fountain spouting greenish ☘ color water (altho the photos it looks more turquoise). I stopped a couple times to take pictures and movies. It was really quite cool I have to say. The things you see when hiking in the desert! As I got on the southern part of the hike there was this one section that had quite a few Crucifixion Trees. And soon I rounded the corner in view of the hitching post.

I got myself up Sunrise : rambo : , it’s a little over 200 feet in .2 but not bad in light of the climbs I did over at the Phoenix Preserve a couple days ago. I sat for a while at the east end. It was so lovely today. On my way back down I decided to cross over and go down the east side and grab the Sunrise Trail from there. I told a few people on the way up to check out the fountain’s green water when they got a little higher. It took a little longer to get down from there than I thot.

I enjoyed my hike back encountering a few hikers and a bike rider. There was this one section with nice displays of rocks that I hadn’t noticed on the way up but got my attention now. It started to get a little warmer but not bad. It is mostly down with some little ups as you make your way back. It’s cool to be so high up really, at least for me. It’s just too bad about the housing development but maybe when it’s done it won’t bother me as much because right now you can hear all the construction too.

When I got ½ mile from the trailhead these two girls I had seen coming down the west side of Sunrise while I was going up seemed to realize they were not at the 145th St TH where their car was. Tell me, how could you possibly hike nearly 3 miles in the wrong direction in totally different terrain than going directly east to 145th St… ](*,). Anyway, there was another lady hiker they had just started talking with that told them they’ll need to call Lyft to get back to the other TH. They asked her if she was coming back down and could she give them a ride. She kindly agreed to do that. They asked if there was water as they were out. She said she had some in her car.

First video I've taken since I broke my wrist. I hope you like Irish music.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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