Pinnacle Peak Trail

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Pinnacle Peak Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

3.9 miles 1036 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Pinnacle Peak Park Trail is somewhat of a misnomer. On approach, your mouth almost waters imagining yourself on top of the quirky, turnip-shaped rock seemingly balanced on the 3171 pyramid-shaped mountain in front of you. But unfortunately the trail skirts the peak, and the squat stone turnip. The highest point of the disappointing trail reaches only 2889. This is not truly a peak hike. That said, the Scottsdale trail does offer spectacular views of the surrounding area. A little past the 1/2 mile marker, Grandview rest stop presents a panorama of the valley and McDowell Mountain only 2.5 miles away. From Owls Rest, one mile up the trail, you can make out Camelback Mountain in the distance. The Pinnacle Peak Trail is not a loop trail, but meanders for 1.75 miles before ending. You must return over the same trail. This 3.5-mile round-trip, moderate hike has no facilities along the trail, so fill your water bottles at the drinking fountains located near the clean restrooms at the trailhead. Beware of trail runners and joggers when the trail is crowded. Although runners are supposed to yield to other trail users, those heading downhill did not give much berth to those bunched up behind slow hikers. Weekends are crowded. Hiking during early morning hours or on week days is recommended for those who enjoy quiet. Weekend trekking is fun for socializing and you may meet young families that hike Pinnacle Peak Park. Pinnacle every week throughout most of the year. Although they tend to avoid hot day hiking in summer months. An access trail for rock climbers leads to the summit, but hikers are not allowed on this part of the mountain. Note to climbers: park staff does not create or maintain fixed anchors on any climbing route, but new routes requiring fixed anchors are not allowed. Fixed anchor locations are limited to those already established.

10 hours ago

hiking
6 days ago

do it early or else

8 days ago

It was our first hike in az and it was challenging just because we didn't know what to expect. But it was very rewarding and fun!

11 days ago

First time here. Facilities very nice, trail well maintained but narrow. Can be busy at times. Very beautiful and plenty of places to stop and view/take pictures. Btw DO NOT drink the gallons of water on the trail. There are for the new and existing plants. Enjoy...

hiking
13 days ago

This is a great short hike. If you get there early enough you can run most of it. Great views from all parts of the mountain. Trail is very well maintained and great bathrooms at the bottom!

15 days ago

Awesome hike! Closes at 6:45 so make sure you get done before that

24 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

I have been hiking at this location all year round. Definitely a favorite. It can get crowded, but the views are amazing.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike on well taken care of trails...

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great up and down in and out trail. It is heavily used and well maintained considering the usage. Views are fantastic and all levels of hikers will find enjoyment.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Vigorous hike and fantastic views. Well maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. Has well maintained trail with good inclines and views. Crowded at times but not overwhelming.

trail running
3 months ago

I like this one for trail running because of how much it switches from going up hill to downhill in only 1.5 miles. The only thing I am not a fan of is all of the man-made steps along the trail. The trailhead is the best I've come across in the Valley though. Lots of parking and clean, COLD water.

hiking
3 months ago

Not much of a peak or elevation gain here. The incline is very gradual. Lots of well identified vegetation and look out points. If you complete the full hike you go from one side of the mountain to the other. The trail was very busy. Good beginner or short outing! Located close to community and golf course.

3 months ago

The views you get from this trail are predominantly of the well-manicured golf courses below. The trail was also rather crowded (even on a weekday), likely from people from the neighborhood on their evening jogs. It's a pretty easy hike with some switchbacks. The vegetation is also identified with signs, which I appreciated. Still, I don't think I would do this one again.

hiking
4 months ago

Very pretty surroundings! You never really reach a "peak" but lots of up and down and switchbacks. Be prepared, the hike back is more challenging than the hike out.