Located in North Scottsdale, Pinnacle Peak is a favorite landmark that locals and visitors enjoy. Not only is it impressive to look at, you can also hike to the top and enjoy unobstructed, breathtaking views of Scottsdale and the Phoenix Valley.
Pinnacle Peak Park consists of 150 acres and is located west of Alma School Road and south of Dynamite Road. The hike is a total of 3.5 miles round trip and the change in elevation is about 1,300 feet. It is not designed as a loop, so the trail you enter on is the same trail you use to exit.
The hike is nice as it is not a pure vertical walk. Instead, there are several ups and downs along the trail which allow you to catch your breath a little bit before the next incline. The hike begins with a pretty vertical section until it starts to level out. It then reaches its highest point (2,889 feet) at almost 3/4 mile in. Although you do not climb to the top of the actual Pinnacle Peak (3,171 feet), the trail winds around it so you can enjoy the view.
If you are looking to learn more about what you are seeing, there are plenty of educational displays that describe the fauna, the history of the area and so on.
The trailhead features parking, restrooms, a water fountain, ramada and a few picnic tables. There are no facilities on the trail once you get started.
Hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing (in designated areas) are all permitted at Pinnacle Peak Park.
Hours: 5:30AM – 7:30PM
Pets and bicycles are not allowed.
Local tip: You cannot access Pinnacle Peak off of Pinnacle Peak Road. Instead, you will need to use Happy Valley or Dynamite.