4 miles
Distance
1,410 ft
Climb
-1,254 ft
Descent
00:59:06
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
    #30654 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • 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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    156 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,784 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,861 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,784 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,940 ft
  • Grade
    0.687%
  • Grade max
    -42.938%
  • Grade min
    44.744%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    371 ft
  • Avg time
    00:59:06
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Status:
on Dec 28, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Sunrise Trail Trail Reports

      datedescription
      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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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 42 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 16 rides
      • 27 miles avg distance
      All
      • 79 rides
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      Photos

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      Dec 1, 2018 @ 8:55pm
      Dec 1, 2018
      Sunrise Trail, Mesa
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      Dec 1, 2018 @ 8:55pm
      Dec 1, 2018
      Sunrise Trail, Mesa
      7 |
      Dec 1, 2018 @ 8:54pm
      Dec 1, 2018
      Sunrise Trail, Mesa
      7 |
      Dec 1, 2018 @ 8:42pm
      Dec 1, 2018
      Sunrise Trail, Mesa

      Routes with this trail

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      23 miles
      Sunset Loop
      26 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Mdz537 (Sep 24, 2017 at 15:10)
       Rocky climb
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Solerider (Nov 25, 2018 at 15:58)
       Very beautiful trail! East going east to west is a tough and technical hike with some hike a bike. I would consider going west to east if possible.
      [Reply]

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