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Sunrise to Andrews Kinsey Out-and-Back

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Trail

9.1 mile 14.6 kilometer out and back
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.

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Land Manager: City of Scottsdale

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Jun 9, 2019
Rich Vosko
May 5, 2019
Sid L
6.8mi — 2h 45m
Feb 17, 2019
Sydney Bouressa
9mi

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  4.0 from 7 votes

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Photos

View from Sunrise Peak, Fountain Hills, AZ
Feb 14, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
Image taken near the descent of Sunrise Peak Trail on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Feb 14, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
view from Sunrise Trail
Mar 13, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
A gorgeous view awaits from the top of the Sunrise Trail. The 136th Street Spur can be seen headed down the mountain.
Jan 26, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ
Extremely difficult Western Loop Trail.  A narrow switchback loaded monster.
Mar 26, 2019 near Fountai…, AZ
The Sunrise Trail begins its steady climb right from the trailhead.
Jan 26, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ

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