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.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1174 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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3 days ago

Enjoyed hiking this tail. The trail is well maintained, and there is a lot of nice vegetation along the trail. Many cactus were blooming when we did the trail. The trail was busy on Saturday and parking was a challenge.

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17 days ago

Easy for my 8 and 6 year old. Lots of lizards to look at just missed a high peak at the end as it was more at the beginning of the hike

Great trail! Very busy but it didn't take away from the experience. The trail is well maintained and easy peasy to follow. It's a good workout! But, lots if areas to rest if you find the ups and downs too much. Lots of water is a must. We saw lots of wildlife. The park attendants are great! Thumbs up all around from us. Loving this app!!!

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23 days ago

One of the more popular trails in the area and fairly busy on weekends. If you are in the area and like to hike, it's a must. This is not a loop, up one hill, down the hill, up a second and down then you have to hike back again. Just because it's busy doesn't mean its easy. The views are exceptional. Enjoy

24 days ago

This hike was nice because it changed elevations constantly (up, down, flat, down, up, etc). However, be aware this is not a loop trail. It's 1.75 miles to the end point where you turn around. We had amazing weather, lots of flowers, cacti, beetles, lizards, and even saw the Gila monster (picture in the photos)!

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Too many people but good trail