Hike Pinnacle Peak

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Distance

3.8 miles

Elevation Gain

1003 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Kevin Kaminski

Great hike near Phoenix with desert wildlife, climbing opportunities, and scenic views.

Pinnacle Peak is a 3.8 mile out-and-back hike along a beautifully groomed trail with a moderate gain of ~1,000ft. This distinctive 600ft granite summit can be seen from most of the surrounding valley and offers spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains, iconic Four Peaks, Granite Mountain and the Cone Mountains. This serene slice of Sonoran Desert is home to a wide range of wildlife including bobcats, gila monsters, desert tortoises, antelope ground squirrels, cactus wrens and rattlesnakes.

In order to get to the actual peak that sits at 2,889ft, you will need your rock climbing gear. Pinnacle Peak Park is considered to be one of Phoenix's classic granite climbing areas. There are many classic crack and bolted routes.

The park is open dawn till dusk and is strictly enforced. Get there early on weekends and holidays to avoid the crowds.

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🥇Top Contributor

7 months ago

Nice Hike

This is a nice hike close to the city but it gets very very crowded. To beat the crowds get there early. Good hike for beginners.

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8 months ago

Stunning Hike, Very Popular

This is a beautiful hike in North Scottsdale. Well maintained and very very popular. Great place to watch the sunrise/sunset! Be wary of trail runners (there's a ton of them on this hike), and make sure to bring water/snacks. Very well kept trail, and the trailhead facilities are top notch.

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about 2 years ago

Wonderful hike

Perfect beginner hike! Definitely get there early, escape the heat and the crowds. Enjoy the views!

over 3 years ago

Very Nice Hike

I went to school at GCU and this is one of the best hikes it’s a little far from Phoenix so a lot of people from that area are unaware of it.

Fun

I would give it five stars- but it's not dog friendly.

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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