Mondays in the McDowells Exercise Hike: Sunrise/136th Street Spur Trails

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 07:30
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller -, 623-640-5375
B+ LENGTH: 6.6 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 1300 ft. PACE: MEDIUM

Meet at 7:30 am (start 7:35) at the SUNRISE TRAILHEAD, 12101 n. 145TH WAY, located at the east end of Via Linda Road (go to for further directions).   

We’ll climb the east end of the Sunrise Trail to Sunrise Peak, from where there are beautiful views of the McDowell Mountains, Four Peaks, and most of the Valley.  We’ll then begin our descent on the west end of the Sunrise Trail, but cut off on the seldom used 136th Street Spur Trail.  The 1.6-mile descent on this trail is steep and rocky with a few sections of scrambling, which is why the hike is rated more difficult than its mileage or elevation gain would suggest.  At the bottom, we’ll have a walk on sidewalks of about 1.5 miles along Via Linda Road back to the trailhead. 

Bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes and wear sturdy hiking boots.