Pinnacle Peak Trail is a 3.5 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
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,020 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.

hiking
1 day ago

I love this trail. This trail has lots plants and bushes which makes it dense.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice hike but very busy. Beautiful views. Easy to moderate hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Very doable trail with beautiful views. You do not get to go to the peak ( can go with climbing gear) which was a little disappointing but overall very nice.

8 days ago

It’s easy if you are used to hiking, you will still break a sweat but it didn’t justify the amount of food we ate after

hiking
11 days ago

Lovely simple hike. Used to do this every week, pushing my son up the trail in his stroller. Beautiful views, but not a REAL hike. More of a nice walk with a little elevation. Tough rock climbing to the peak though. I highly recommend it

14 days ago

Nice family trail. Our first Scottsdale hike 4 years ago!

16 days ago

Super crowded. Nice dessert views. Trail signage the whole way with a stupid cartoon, I get it’s to make it “fun” for kids but it mars the natural scenery and we should teach children to appreciate nature as it is.

16 days ago

muy bonito limpio

17 days ago

Great trails with family! This was our Thanksgiving family activity and we loved every step on the way!

19 days ago

Very very easy hike

21 days ago

pretty easy hike. Very enjoyable.

23 days ago

Beautiful and serene with expansive views. Moderately difficult, but nothing the average hiker couldn’t tackle. Can get a little slippery at parts so wear proper footwear. Vey well maintained trail that doesn’t take to long to complete. Gets a little strenuous towards the midway to ending of the trail which will be marked, so watch of out the descent and accent back up as it’s not a loop trial. Overall one of the more beautiful hikes you will take in the valley.

26 days ago

beautiful trail. towards the halfway point is a steep downhill portion of the trail that you will need to hike back up. bring water and enjoy the view.

28 days ago

Great trail!

hiking
29 days ago

Great trail with fantastic views !!! Does not take long so if you are just wanting to get out for a quick hike .... this is perfect

hiking
29 days ago

Super good interval trail. Quick turn around time - under 1.5 hours round trip.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail, but a ton of people.

1 month ago

great cardio workout and great views of North Scottsdale and the city.

1 month ago

Loved it! Nice and challenging after making the turn to head back. Very crowded, get there early.

1 month ago

great views! lots of people, but, friendly. could use more parking.

1 month ago

One of our favorite hikes! Well maintained trail, nice workout!

1 month ago

This was my second overall hike and the easiest of the three. The other two were Toms Thumb and Sunrise Peak. It was a moderate hike and the highest point was only 20 minutes in. Really nice views. Very expensive homes and a nice golf course. Near the end it said strenuous ahead. Going down wasn’t bad but coming back was hard. Lots of steps had my quads burning. Fun hike.

trail running
1 month ago

Very fun trail run. For someone coming from Colorado, you get to go up and down steep hills at lower altitude and the up and down sections run fast for how steep they look. If you go to the end, you'll be dumped out in a neighborhood and have to climb back up and over to return.

hiking
1 month ago

This was my first time hiking, overall good hike for a novice hiker. It's pretty up and down so you get breaks to catch your breath. The hardest part is at the very end, there is a sign that says "strenuous ahead" and if you go beyond that point it's tough but if you don't it's pretty easy!

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect length

1 month ago

Challenging up and down hike, not technical but good balance ( loose rock, steep steps and narrow mountain trail) cardio fitness required
Great views and workout !

hiking
1 month ago

Good workout!

1 month ago

nice treck

1 month ago

So beautiful! Good workout!

1 month ago

Great views - good morning walk

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