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blueBlack Sunrise to Andrews Kinsey Out-and-Back

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Trail

9.1 mile 14.6 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,476' 450 m
Descent: -1,475' -450 m
High: 2,943' 897 m
Low: 1,940' 591 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by Paul Staker

Climb up Sunrise Trail to Andrews Kinsey Trail to the Scottsdale/Fountain Hills border and back.

Paul Staker

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No camping - open sunrise to sunset.

Overview

A challenging hike on well-maintained trails with extended views of Four Peaks and Weavers Needle.

Description

The first two miles climbs over 1000 feet from the Sunrise Trailhead to a saddle below Sunrise Peak. Stay on the Sunrise Trail for a little less than half a mile to the intersection of the Andrews-Kinsey Trail.

This trail is a joint effort of the Scottsdale and Fountain Hills preserves. I followed it for two miles to the border of these two towns, although it can be followed into Fountain Hills where a fairly major trail system has been established.

The the remaining miles on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail is relatively level as it follows the contour as it winds between several ridges and the intervening washes between them. Eventually you'll come to a rather steep descent, and you can choose to had back beforehand, or descent all the way to the Andrews-Kinsey Trailhead. Just remember if you don't leave a car at this trailhead, you'll have to retrace your steps!

Flora & Fauna

Granite boulders, large saguaros.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Scottsdale

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Sid L  
This hike is one of the best in the area. The first two miles are inside a canyon and a direct climb to the top but very beautiful. This is untouched Arizona land. After you get to the top the hike levels out and gives you even better vista views of the greater Phoenix area. My favorite part about the hike was the spectacular views of the mountains that have not been touched by humans. Past the first two miles, there was nobody on the trail, very quite, very serene. A very underrated hike. May 6, 2019

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