4 miles
Distance
1,306 ft
Climb
-1,149 ft
Descent
01:03:24
Avg time

Sunrise Trail Details

  • Riding area
    McDowell Mountain
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
  • Season
    Year round
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • 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.

Local Trail Association
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
    0.712%
  • Grade max
    -42.602%
  • Grade min
    37.894%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    570 ft
  • Avg time
    01:03:24
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Status:
on Dec 28, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to sunrise-trail trailhead (33.602340, -111.809570)
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Sunrise Trail Trail Reports

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Dec 28, 2017 @ 10:22am
Dec 28, 2017
Dec 15, 2017 @ 11:51am
Dec 15, 2017
Nov 29, 2017 @ 12:00pm
Nov 29, 2017
Sep 14, 2017 @ 8:08pm
Sep 14, 2017
Dry and clear with few people out in the evenings
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Photos

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Oct 13, 2014 @ 4:00pm
Oct 13, 2014
Sunrise Trail, Nor Cal
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Oct 13, 2014 @ 4:00pm
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Sunrise Trail, Nor Cal
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Sep 22, 2014 @ 6:34pm
Sep 22, 2014
Sunrise Trail, Nor Cal
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Sep 22, 2014 @ 6:34pm
Sep 22, 2014
Sunrise Trail, Nor Cal

Routes with this trail

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Quadruple Bypass
29 miles
McDowell 50
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Sunset Trail Loop Condensed
23 miles
Trans-McDowell Route
38 miles

4 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag Mdz537 (Sep 24, 2017 at 15:10)
 Rocky climb
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  • + 0
flag WJS1962 (Jan 7, 2018 at 17:09)
 West-to-East is the ONLY way to ride this trail. The east side is a fun technical downhill, but would be a hike-a-bike uphill.
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  • + 0
flag Greggsta (Feb 17, 2018 at 14:16)
 That was a hard up, had to hike a couple of steep rocky sections that you could clean if you weren't bagged as balls. Nice scenics, saw about 30 or 40 hikers along the way up and down, (Saturday afternoon). Everybody let's you guy when your climbing. Most are rooting for you, haha.

Always be super curteous and wish people a good hike, and pull over for groups, kids, old, or crazy animals.

The downhill is so worth it! If you like chunky rock drops there's tons of them. And drops with tight switchbacks looking down into the valley. I loved it!

Was super respectful of climbers on the down, keeping speed in check and letting loose a little when I could.

If you came at a time better suited to bombing this without people it would be worth it.

I did Sunrise Trail West to East and exited at Sunrise Trailhead, then rode the 'burbs to get back to Lost Dog.

Great fun, great workout, great downhill.
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  • + 0
flag RideThoseTrails (Mar 22, 2018 at 20:03)
 Take a bike lock or take a chance so you can leave your bike and climb up to Sunrise Peak.
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Sunrise Trail
14:17 | 114 | Feb 14, 2018 , Fountain Hills
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