4.2 miles
1,306 ft
-1,149 ft
Avg time

Sunrise Trail Details

  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Year round
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

Sunrise is one of the more popular trails in the McDowell range for both hikers and bikers. Great scenery and views are part of the reason, and close access to 2 trailheads are another. The trail is most rideable from west to east, featuring a 45-60 minute rocky climb, followed by a steep and switchback-filled descent (packed with hikers, especially on weekends). Reversing course requires a climb that is too steep for most riders, so some return on Via Linda or alternatively via the Andrews-Kinsey trail. Completing the latter option, however, requires trespassing a neighborhood that has declared itself off limits to bikers.

Access Info

Direct access from Lost Dog Trailhead (preferred for bikes) or Sunrise Trailhead.

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More Stats for Sunrise Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    156 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,784 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,853 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,784 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,940 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2.3 miles
  • Distance down
    1.8 miles
  • Distance flat
    570 ft
  • Avg time
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Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Sunrise Trail
9:17 | 126 | Jan 11, 2014 Sunrise Trail, Phoenix

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