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Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale

(4.7/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Looking for an activity nearby given limited time in Scottsdale and come across Pinnacle Peak Park on tripadvisor. A short drive from down and and off we went - outstanding way to get an appreciation ...  more »
  • We were looking for a short hike due to the threat of rain. This hike was a very pleasant surprise. Beautiful plant life along the entire trail, great scenery including some homes, golf courses, deser...  more »
  • It is a moderate hike and definitely worth the effort. The scenery is beautiful, and the trails are very well kept. Plan on doing it again soon. 
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  • The trail is pretty easy. Peppered with resting areas if you need time to cool off. The best part of this trail is the view. The dirt on the trail is packed down nicely, you hardly slip and I have yet to fall. Very little rocks on the path make it easy on your feet.
  • Great trail, well maintained. Good views.
  • South Mountain is like beginners trails. Pinnacle Peak Park is intermediate. And it's deceptively intermediately hard as you start off at a slightly higher elevation than when you reach the end. So to me coming back is where it's hard. The views are amazing. First time I hiked it, I thought I was looking at the surface of what the planet Mars would look like. Parking does fill up but I've never had a problem parking. There are restrooms and water fountain and a souvenir shop.
  • No dogs allowed because of the Scottsdalian bazillionaires. But the climb and view is amazing The Rangers are really nice about turning you away when you have a pup with you.
  • Great first desert hike! Not a circle trail--1&3/4 miles one way so 3.5 miles if you do the whole route.