Sunrise peak hike is a ball buster. It hurts. It’s hard. It thoroughly kicked my ass! Yes, I know I’m out of shape. Yes, I know I STILL need to lose 30 pounds. But I’m a pretty tough lady, and I wanted to stop half way up. The following images were taken on the way down! I worried if I stopped on the way up I would never start again!
Even when I want to quit, Arizona has a way of making me want to work for it. Ern it even? It’s hard, but it’s worth every step. You go up and up and up and then….wow. Don’t worry, there are brief little glimpses of wow on the way.
The Four Peaks off in the distance. I don’t know much about them other than it’s supposed to be cooler up there in the Summer. Camelback looks so small here! It’s a bitch of a hike too. I was sore for days after hiking that in October. It’s also extremely popular. You’re hiking over rocks and people. Ok, not really people.
If you want to do this hike, you have several trailhead options. I chose the one off of 148th (I think) street. You follow Via Linda all the way out and you’ll run into a gated community. The parking for the Sunrise Peak Trailhead will be on your left right before the gate. I had to park in the equestrian parking down the street a little ways. Apparently, this is the most difficult (of course, I choose the hardest way) of the paths.
Normally I wouldn’t give trail directions. Links give more accurate, but mostly I’m TERRIBLE with directions, I’m also a terrible shopper but that’s another story, I don’t want to mess anyone up so links are best. I couldn’t find any that gave instructions for this trailhead so there you go.