The 4.8-mile Sunrise Trail and its easternmost trailhead, completed in spring, are the latest additions to the 36,400-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
The first half of the trail rises quickly through lush desert and boulders to a view-grabbing ridge; a short spur leads to the 3,069-foot summit for sweeping, 360° vistas of mountains and Phoenix high-rises. ―Nora Burba Trulsson
INFO: Sunrise Trailhead (www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve or 480/312-7013) is at 145th Way and Via Linda. Contact the McDowell Sonoran Land Trust (www.mslt.org or 480/998-7971) for a schedule of free guided hikes.