Hiking Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona
Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona is the focal point in Pinnacle Peak Park. From afar the summit of the peak looks far more challenging than it does up close but you do need to be a rock climber to get to the top of it. Hikers must be content with a 3.5 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1300 feet.
John and I set out in late December to explore Pinnacle Peak Park. It’s located in northeast Scottsdale, east of North Pima Road, and south of Dynamite Boulevard. It was a busy time but nothing compared to our Christmas Day Camelback Mountain hike.
Although there is a gain of 1300 feet, none of it happens at once so it’s actually quite an easy hike. The trails are wide and the views out to the valley are excellent. The granite rock is reminiscent of Bedrock – home to Wilma and Fred Flintstone, and the rock seen in Joshua Tree National Park.
We only saw birds on our hike – hummingbirds and cactus wrens. Other animals that call the park home include gila monsters, bobcats, javelinas, mule deer, grey foxes and the western diamondback rattlesnake.
The trail is open from 6:45 am until 6 pm. It’s well worth doing if you visit Scottsdale – and catching a sunrise or sunset up would be magnificent.
The start of the trail to Pinnacle Peak
One of the hummingbirds we saw on the hike
The grade is never onerous
The boulders come in all shapes and sizes
The boulders are reminiscent of what you see in Joshua Tree National Park
A well developed neighbourhood surrounds most of the park
Looking at the top of Pinnacle Peak
Enjoying the short sleeve weather in late December
These cholla cactus always look backlit
The backside of Pinnacle Peak
The highest point on the trail
Looking up at the saguaro cactus
A multi-limbed saguaro seen at the bottom of the trail
Have you ever done the Pinnacle Peak hike? or do you have another favourite in Scottsdale?
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