Pinnacle Peak Trail

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

3.9 miles 1174 feet Out & Back

kid friendly



rock climbing

trail running


horseback riding


wild flowers


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.

2 days ago

Great hike, perfume and cologne caution, too many people wearing it!

6 days ago

People have no trail etiquette.

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12 days ago

loved the trail.

13 days ago

Good steady workout. Railings, steps and restrooms help keep this safe.

14 days ago

Meh, very trafficked and very easy - I wouldn't do it against

15 days ago

21 days ago

Vigorous hike, great views and usually courteous hikers. Highly recommend! Bring at least 2 pints of water.

23 days ago

Too many people but beautiful views.

24 days ago

26 days ago

Mesmerizing views; and enjoyable easy hike.

trail running
29 days ago

Amazi trail. Doing it twice makes it a great long run!

trail running
30 days ago

Well maintained trail, moderate ascents with fast descents. Overall beautiful trail. Must do for anyone in Scottsdale

1 month ago

A fairly good and well-marked trail, apart from the occasional ubiquitous and quixotically authoritarian eighty-year-old volunteer. An easy and overpopulated hike, one that I wouldn't do again without either the family or climbing gear.

1 month ago

4 star views, but a 2 star hike.