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.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1036 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

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.

15 minutes ago

of the trails that doug has hiked since he's been here its a 5

hiking
21 hours ago

Pros: well maintained trail, excellent signage for local plants/trees, and a good workout.

What I didn't prefer: the trail is basically surrounded by man-made development. Multi-million dollar homes, nice golf course, etc. But I really don't want to look at all that on a hike. The distant vistas were great.

2 days ago

Great views!

7 days ago

Run Pinnacle in the summer. All the amateurs will be gone.

13 days ago

Great climb and beautiful views!

14 days ago

Good strong hike great views

14 days ago

great hike, easy walk

18 days ago

love it

19 days ago

Great hike to knock the Minnesota winter rust off in early February!

trail running
20 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

28 days ago

Great trail. Amazing workout. Will definitely do this trail again.

hiking
1 month ago

Love it! Lots of elevation changes and well maintained. A great workout.

1 month ago

Nice trail, good for kids. There was a snake exhibit at the trailhead that was interesting. Kids got a sticker from the park rangers after completing the hike.

1 month 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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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!

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

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