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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Pinnacle Peak Park and many more Scottsdale attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Scottsdale trip builder app .
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  • Desert park in Scottsdale surrounded by development. Grossly inadequate facilities for the typical weekend crowds, like minimal parking and just a single Men's toilet (yup- ONE toilet!). Trail hike is...  more »
  • We liked this trail so much that we hiked it twice while in Scottsdale! Moderate hike that takes about 3 hours roundtrip with a very good view from the top of the trail. Beware that the trail is very ...  more »
  • From the trailhead, you look up at hikers going up the mountain and say - looks steep and rough. We started out and it is a more gradual climb than it appears. About 3/4 miles into the hike and you re...  more »
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  • Breathtaking views around every corner, this is easily my favorite hiking and I use that term loosely (very moderate) trail. I love how over the years my kids have evolved from loving the trail for it's spectacular views to running it for exercise. Bring your camera and take a lot of photos along the way. It takes us 25 minutes to get to the highest point on the trail 2889 FT., there is a small orange sign posted which is a great spot for a photo. From here we usually turn back, but many continue on. As always when hiking be sure to bring water and stay on the trail. There are washrooms at the entrance along with an information centre. This facility has plenty of parking. I also recommend going early in the morning and catching the sunrise from up above! Peace!
  • Name is a misnomer. More of a nature trail around a peak that is an out and back. Trail is well maintained but between crowds and runners I would not repeat. Does not allow dogs and closed before sunset. Could maybe be nice in spring for cactus flowers
  • First time there and was very impressed with the trail and views! Volunteer staff was very polite and helpful! Parking can be a tad challenging but worth it. Although we did not see any wildlife that day, many have seen them and they have a list of the latest sightings.
  • Great hike! I'd rate it a beginner style. The park does close sharp and they send rangers who walk the trail to make sure it's closed with no one left behind. Great place to watch sunset if before park closes.
  • So my first time here was 2 years ago and I have to be honest I am a smoker and out of shape so I didn't do so well. I stopped maybe 5 times and didn't even reach the highest point. So from that day forward I knew that I needed to get in shape and stop smoking. Well, I did start getting in shape and did cut back on smoking and today I only stopped to support my sister who has two bad knees three times and we both made it to the highest point and a bit further. And as an added bonus, I ran down most of it. So proud of myself for committing to improving my health!

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