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 1095 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.

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1 day ago

Love this hike! Great workout with beautiful views.

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6 days ago

Great hike. When you trun around at the end to come back is the best. Staitmaster plus squats cant do what that did. I suggest this for anyone. I will be back for sure.

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20 days ago

wonderful! very scenic compared to other trails gone on...pretty easy too. wider path. Signs listing the different landscape (trees, plants).

23 days ago

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23 days ago

Beautiful trail, well maintained, great workout.

28 days ago

Love this trail! Always so pretty!

30 days ago

Best hike in AZ!

1 month ago

Beautiful scenery! More difficult than anticipated.

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1 month ago

beautiful views

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1 month ago

Always beautiful - thanks to the volunteers.

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2 months ago

do it early or else

2 months 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!

2 months 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
2 months 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!