Pinnacle Peak Trail

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Pinnacle Peak Trail is a 4 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.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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

1 day ago

Great views! Moderate hike, bring your water and avoid mid day hikes, gets extremely hot. I was disappointed that you can't rich the peak and you surround the mountain, but all the views are amazing.

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

Well marked and well kept trail.

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5 days ago

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5 days ago

It was an easy trail with beautiful deseret views. Well marked and plenty of look out points.

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10 days ago

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11 days ago

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11 days ago

Great hike for cardio training! Beautiful mountain and golf course views.

12 days ago

One of my favorite hikes. Extremely popular especially on the weekends so go early and go on the weekdays if possible.

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12 days ago

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14 days ago

I ran this trail in the morning, starting around 8am. It was GREAT heart rate training for me, because I got a slight incline, and then the elevation declined so I could fly down the trail. On the reverse, it's the opposite situation with a longer, steadier incline and a shorter blast back down to the car. a great trail for training.

hiking
16 days ago

It was a wonderful weather during this time and it was really a wonderful view of the golf club and sun set in the evening with the trial being ups and downs felt like a proper cardiovascular exercise. Must visit place.

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17 days ago

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17 days ago

We went early October later in the afternoon. Most of the trail was already shaded which makes it a pretty easy hike. Make sure that you consider the closing time as they close the gate as well as have people coming from the end of the trail to ensure nobody stays past park closing. All in all a nice little hike. We didn't quite make it all the way to the end.

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18 days ago

18 days ago

18 days ago

Well groomed trail. Very busy.