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Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale

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Pinnacle Peak Park features a 2.8 km (1.75 mi) hiking trail with three rock-climbing spots and a desert environment, highlighted by treelike cacti and rich wildlife. Free-roaming mule deer, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, and foxes inhabit the park's 61 hectares (150 acres), along with numerous other critters, including an abundance of snakes and lizards. You can begin the hike at the visitor center, which offers water and restrooms. Follow the moderate hike, with several ups and downs, to get to the final point, at an elevation of 880 m (2,890 ft). From there, you'll see the 966 m (3,169 ft) Pinnacle Peak summit, which can only be reached by rock climbers. Use our Scottsdale family vacation planner to arrange your visit to Pinnacle Peak Park and other attractions in Scottsdale.
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  • Hiking was not on my 'relaxing' vacation agenda while in AZ, but my brother's girlfriend persuaded me to give it a try. Great experience! Beautiful vistas from any point you stop and rest or take a sl...  more »
  • The parking lot there has many stops and scenic views. Stop by the pond, we saw baby ducks in the water. Then we climbed the back of the head of the camel to see the "hole in the rock". Excellent bree...  more »
  • We wanted to get a nice hike in and this did not disappoint. It has a great combination of up and down, and you definitely feel like you get a good workout. It is not a loop, so you will go back the s...  more »
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  • Easy to follow more commercialized hike. Great cardio workout with 107 marker points. Terrain is good for running or walking. Views are spectacular. Harder coming back than going out due to more ascension on the way back. Love this trail!!
  • For the area, it's not a bad a hike. Very exposed through the desert, but you will probably see some wildlife. I went in the middle of June and it was hot, but being from southern Utah it wasn't too bad, just remember to bring water.
  • This place offers a great hike for a good workout! There's a small incline and steps during some parts, but generally most kids or older people can handle the hike just fine. Just bring some water, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and some good grip hiking shoes. You can slip some areas so the right shoes are important. Bringing a friend along would be a great idea in case of emergencies. Most times there are plenty of hikers so getting stranded is rare, but rather safe than sorry!
  • Amazing trail with great views. Good for beginners and very easy hike. Bring water and watch out for the "don't walk past this area" signs, the park rangers will pop out of no where and get on you for that.
  • Beautiful. Good exercise. Descriptions of common plants in the area placed throughout. Friendly folks on the trail with you. Fairly safe if all the signs are followed