The West Wing/Sunrise Mountain Trail is conveniently located right near West Wing Park!
The playground has a nice bathroom, so if you need that before you set out hiking, I highly recommend it!
The Sunrise Mountain trail on West wing does not have a high elevation increase, however, it is not stroller friendly. Sorry friends. I also want to say that a good deal of it wasn’t really small child friendly as there was some big drops along the way and some narrow areas as well. It really depends on your child and their abilities. If you have a child that is clutzy, then I suggest staying away from this trail as the drops had lots of rocks on the side. It is also a 4.5 mile loop.
The beginning of the trail has this nice sign to show you the path and then it looks like you are going through a neighborhood. And then you pass behind a school. For a little bit, it looks like you are losing the trail and just wandering around, but look for a fence behind the school.
The beginning of the trail does go behind the school and does a couple of quick switch backs, and you’ll find some really tall saguaros. I know this isn’t the most flattering picture of myself, but the saguaro was really, really huge! I couldn’t even get it all in the picture, but I did forceably get a double chin!
With just a little elevation behind the school (as you can see the fence) you can see the beauty!
There were a few times there were forks in the path but they ended up meeting back up. I’m not sure of why there were so many forks in the paths!
Just a little more elevation, and you could see the neighborhoods in the backgrounds!
One of the forks I took (left) I shouldn’t have taken. The left one was definitely from water and the right was the trail. I realized this on the way back down. After climbing up it I realized how loose the rock and soil was! Sometimes you learn from experience. The picture on the right was a coyote lost in the brush that ran by me. You might not be able to see it, but I know where it was. There is definitely wildlife around, so make sure you are paying attention to your surroundings!
Decisions decisions! I took the less difficult trail. Since I was alone on this hike, I wasn’t sure what I would encounter. I knew that I had already seen some loose dirt and rock and didn’t want to press my luck. Throughout the trail there were markers, but I felt there should have been some more markers in a few more places.
About an eighth of a mile after the marker, there were just tons of theses rocks above and below the trail. The trail was right on the ridge.
Here is looking down the ridge. It doesn’t look as scary as it felt in real life! If you are hiking with children and have a child who is uncertain with footing, I would probably avoid this part of the hike or this one altogether. The dirt was pretty loose in many places and there were a few hills that I almost lost my footing.
But the views were magnificent!
I didn’t complete the full loop as the footing got a little dicey. I know when I should stop and turn around, but I did make it 3.9 out of 4.5 miles. I consider that almost the entire route!
Walking back to West Wing park, I saw this and thought, Oh goodness, which route do I take?
Luckily, when I got closer, there was a marker to tell me which path to Sunrise path! It almost looked like a spider. But, it was cool to see from afar.
I did not see any snakes, scorpions or little critters, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there. I did see a coyote. It was afraid of me (thankfully!). At the base of the walk I saw Saguaro cacti and more towards the top I saw jumping cholla. So, make sure you don’t get too close to those. I was a bit nervous about the rocks and if they would move. I wouldn’t want to be out in a rainstorm on this trail, so be careful and watch the weather as always!
West Wing Sunrise Mountain Trail
27100 Westwing Pkwy, Peoria, AZ 85383