Hiking Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale

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Pinnacle Peak Park is a gorgeous 150 acre Hiking Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdalepark in North Scottsdale.  

Pinnacle Peak Park is aptly named after Pinnacle Peak, where locals gather to hike and enjoy nature.  

 

The scenery surrounding the park is beautiful and includes Estancia Golf Course and stunning homes.  

 

The trailhead is 1.75 miles, so not lengthy and it's not uncommon to see runners criss cross back and forth a few times.  

The trailhead elevates about 1300 feet and is located just west of Alma School Road on Pinnacle Peak Road, north east of Pima and Happy Valley Roads.

 

Beginning of Pinnacle Peak TrailHiking this morning I was able to snap a few photos that I'll load in order of my hike for reference. 

 

There is plenty of parking and if the lot is full, Pinnacle Peak Road is very wide so easy street parking.

 

There are bathrooms and a guard station, concrete picnic tables and a shade structure, and park ranger volunteers there to answer questions and provide guidance to out of state visitors, which are plentiful.  

 

 

Since Pinnacle Peak Road is adjacent to the Four Seasons, guests frequent the trail.  View of the parking lot while descending the trail. 

Trail markers

 

The trail is well-marked with identifying metal tags for the flora and fauna of the desert.  

 

Resting Station with mountains marked
This is the halfway point of the hike with views on either side.

 

Reinforced trails

The trail is also reinforced at different points so rain won't wash away the trail.  

 

There are resting stations with markers identifying mountains in different directions, some with built up stone seating areas, and also plenty of boulders built into the peak for a quick rest if needed.  

 

The trail wraps around Pinnacle Peak to the hill on the other side.

 

The hike is not on the difficult scale, there is shade on the backside of Pinnacle Peak while hiking, and the trail ascends and descends at different points allowing brief resting periods during your hike. 

Estancia Golf Course can be seen in the distance as part of the planned community, Troon.  

Descending Pinnacle Peak

Pinnacle Peak is a great beginner hike and not as difficult as Camelback Mountain.  For more information, please visit the City of Scottsdale site here.  

 

 

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Comments (8)

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Jan Green This park is clearly a gem for the Scottdale Area. Sandy would love to hike those trails in cooler weather

Oct 16, 2016 09:47 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have not been out on a hike here yet, so much to see in the East Valley.  I think I will eventually get out that way sometime in the future though!  Such amazing views!!!

Oct 16, 2016 11:59 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

What a lovely hike you took us on.  We would enjoy that trail.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Oct 17, 2016 12:48 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You're right Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 ! It is a great area ot hike.  The pictures don't do the hike justice!  

Brian England the weather was beautiful.  I arrived at the park just before 8 am and there were several hikers there and it got busier when I came down at 9.  I'll arrive earlier next time.  Do you hike in the East Valley? 

I bet you would enjoy this trail   Ron and Alexandra Seigel !  It is a very well maintained trail and the shaded picnic tables are great after the hike. 

Oct 17, 2016 02:45 AM
Brian England

I don't hike often, but when my Canadian friends are in town, they invite me to hike with them.  I go once a week when they are here!

Oct 17, 2016 02:52 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Jan - That looks like a great hike. I've done Camelback when I had functioning knees, but didn't know about Pinnacle. I'll try it next visit.

Oct 17, 2016 04:29 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

This hike is much better than Camelback for a couple of reasons Dick Greenberg !  The trails are wider than Camelback, water, bathrooms, and parking! I'm speaking of the Cholla trail on Camelback versus the more difficult Echo Canyon Trail.  Echo is very steep and my knees couldn't take that one these days.  

Oct 17, 2016 08:55 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Hiking is very popular in Los Angeles hood too. It is much better than any gym:) 

Great pictures, Jan! 

Jan 12, 2018 02:29 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for commenting Inna Ivchenko !  You are so right.  Love being outside.  Hiked this one a week ago and just beautiful!  

Jan 13, 2018 11:30 AM