Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hiking Lost Dog to Sunrise Peak, Phoenix, Arizona

Trail Description

Length:  5.77 miles round trip
Trailhead Elevation: 1746 ft.
End Elevation: 3018- ft.
Elavation Gain: 1272 ft
Difficulty Assessment: Moderate
Trail Type: Out and Back

For more information see:

1) AZ TrailHeads
2) McDowell Sonoran Trail

The Hike

Today I hiked the Lost Dog to Sunrise Peak trail at McDowell mountain. The hike was much better than last week's hike because it was a step up in difficulty. I always enjoy difficult hikes.

It began with this annoying loose rock path that eventually turned into a typical dirt path. For a few minutes, the trail is just mild incline, but quickly the incline becomes worse. You hike through multiple switchbacks and on both sides you can see the city below.

Overall, I guess what made it so nice for me was the trail variety I experienced on the hike as well as the difficulty.

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