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
1036 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

rock climbing

trail running

walking

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 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.

11 hours ago

loved the views and after climbing to the top and down to the other side, up the other mountain peak and down that side and than started over again to get back. great workout

Great for all ages and skill levels. The views are extensive in all directions.

hiking
14 days ago

Very busy trail on most weekends. However, this does present a good opportunity to challenge even the least experienced hiker in a way that won't make them angry or fearful. A good "blaster" for experienced trail runners, if there aren't too many crowds!

15 days ago

There are great views of the area. I would say if your experienced hiker it is moderately easy.

16 days ago

Well maintained. Good signs explaining the vegetation. Beautiful views. Moderate difficulty.

hiking
19 days ago

Same as similar reviews — it’s a happening spot for the first 75% of the trail. It’s true to its moderate rating as there are long stretches of straight uphill climbs, but achievable for folks of all ages and shapes.

21 days ago

Nice hike, but the first 2/3 was highly trafficked. Thinned our for the last 1/3 after the strenuous warning.

Bathroom facilities at the base. Parking lot fills up quickly and you have to park on street.

21 days ago

I would say this hike is more on the easy side of moderate, almost more of a walking path than a hike. Would be a great hike for kids. The trail is beautifully maintained. There isn’t much of a payoff at the end, so it is a little anti-climactic.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice view!

trail running
1 month ago

Some of the best views in the area from a very well maintained trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail - lots of variation which is nice!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this back in April - great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike. Plenty of hikers on Friday morning.

Lovely hike. We timed it right getting there early as it was packed at 9am when we left!

hiking
1 month ago

I love this hike. 4 miles total from start, all the way to the end and back.

1 month ago

Great hike. Great views.

hiking
2 months ago

Favorite!

2 months ago

love this mountain, beautiful views and a good workout for the mid-level hiker.

hiking
2 months ago

Pinnacle Peak is a moderate trail near Troon North in northern Scottsdale. Parking is decent, though finding a spot during peak usage hours can potentially be a challenge; especially during busy season September-May. The trail head can be somewhat difficult to find due to the ridiculous amount of private roads and gated communities in this part of the city.

This hike is best used by those on vacation staying in northern Scottsdale, as an exercise trail or climbers looking to gain access to the various trad routes at the top. Trail is well maintained and provides unique views of the famous Troon North golf course. The long drive and confusing access is not worth it for those looking for a very standard desert hike since there are so many better options littered throughout the city.

I would suggest heading to the McDowell Preserve for similiarly enjoyable hikes that are much less hassle.

hiking
2 months ago

I’d call it a pretty easy trail. And you could start on either end. You could go up to the “top”, and then turn around. Otherwise, I think when they call this a four mile hike, they must be talking about going up one side, down the other, and retracing your steps. But the “top” here is not well defined and not very high. This is more of a hill than a mountain.

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