Lost Dog Wash Trail to Sunrise Peak

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Lost Dog Wash Trail to Sunrise Peak

Hiking Trail

Lost Dog Wash Trail to Sunrise Peak

by: Honza
Location:  Scottsdale, AZ          Longitude:  -111.8118    Latitude:  33.6003
A moderate, in-and-out trail in the McDowell Mountain Preserve taking you from the Lost Dog Wash trailhead to the amazing views from Sunrise Peak.
Features and Interests:   Sunrise Peak is one of few Preserve peaks with a trail all the way to the top yielding expansive views in all directions.
From the trailhead area (newly renovated), take the signed Lost Dog Wash trail to the left (the trails and junctions are very well marked here). Coming to a junction in a 1/4 mile, take the Sunrise trail to the right. From this point the trail will climb steadily, crossing the Ringtail Trail, for about 1.5 mile to the ridge where the 136th Spur Trail branches off to the right. Keeping left on the Sunrise Peak Trail, you will reach the junction of the peak trail in about a mile. This last part is a steep zig-zag leading to the top of Sunrise Peak...well worth it!

Once ready, take the same way back. Alternately, you can make this hike longer by continuing on the Sunrise Peak trail to the other side/145th Way trailhead.
Trail Distance:  5.77 miles round-trip
Elevation:  1746ft - 3018ft   (change 1272ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Difficult - good physical fitness is a must, large elevation changes
How Crowded:  Occassional passing
Season:  October to May
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  WaterFrom the Loop 101, take the Shea Blvd exit east. Keep on Shea and make a left (north) onto 124th St. Follow 124th St. to the end where you will find the trailhead and parking lot.Paved road or trail to the trailhead
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