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Hiking to Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale

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Pinnacle Peak is a spectacular part of Scottsdale’s backdrop, and its 1.75-mile (one way) trail allows you to hike to the top, get great views of the city below, and enjoy a cool afternoon breeze when you just want to get away from it all.
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Hiking to Pinnacle Peak

Pinnacle Peak Park is the perfect place to soak in the beautiful views that only Arizona has. From the top, you’ll be able to get great views of nearby Troon Mountain, too. The park is home to several events, including interpretive tours, moonlight walks and astronomy talks, making it the ideal getaway when you want a quick, fairly easy hike.

Amenities at Pinnacle Peak

The trailhead at Pinnacle Peak park has all kinds of informational materials, and you’ll find interpretive displays all along the trail itself. It also features:

  • Restrooms and drinking fountains
  • Rock climbing routes
  • A large, paved parking lot with motorcycle spots
  • A bike rack (you’re not allowed to ride a bicycle on the trail – no dogs, either!)
  • Four picnic tables and a shade ramada

If you have the right gear and you’re comfortable with rock climbing, there are three areas of the park designated just for you.
If you want to bicycle or bring your four-legged family member, check out the nearby Brown’s Ranch Trail.

More Info on Hiking Pinnacle Peak

The trail is moderate difficulty – it’s easier than Camelback Mountain and Piestawa Peak. It’s 1.75 miles over to the west end, and 1.75 miles back (although you can go to the gate on Jomax, which is 2 miles each way).
It’s an over-and-back trail, not a loop trail, so you’ll have to turn around when you hit the end. It usually takes people an hour and a half or two hours to complete the whole trail, but individual fitness levels vary, so set your own pace.
There aren’t any restrooms beyond the trailhead, and you’ll want to bring your own water (the drinking fountains are at the trailhead, too).
The trailhead’s elevation is at 2,570 feet, and the highest point on the trail is 2,889 feet. You’ll gain about 1,300 feet over the course of your hike.


If you go at the right time, you’ll see all kinds of wildlife native to the Sonoran Desert, including:

  • Desert tortoises
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Gila monsters
  • Coyotes
  • Gray foxes
  • Mule deer
  • Javelina
  • Bobcats

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