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Pinnacle Peak, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.58 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,570 feet
Elevation Gain 509 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,060 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5-2 hours
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Author lobo41
author avatar Guides 3
Routes 0
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Trips 8 map ( 87 miles )
Age 73 Male Gender
Location Litchfield Park, Arizona
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Preferred   Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar → 9 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:11am - 6:34pm
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by lobo41

Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale, closed for over 6 years because of luxury home development, reopened Saturday, April 20, 2002. Pinnacle Peak Park offers a 3.5-mile round trip interpretive hiking trail. (The trail is also open to experienced horseback riders, but we did not see any on our hike.) The park is open everyday, except Christmas from dawn until dusk. Thanksgiving from 6:45a until 5p and New Year's Day from 7a until 5p. There is a Park Office, restrooms, shade ramada, picnic tables, and ample parking at the trailhead. There are also three rock-climbing areas. Best of all, there is no fee to enter the park.

The Pinnacle Peak trail skirts around the prominent 3,171-foot valley landmark. It is not a loop trail. Hikers should not let the fairly minimal height gain deceive you, there are enough ups and downs on the trail to give even the most seasoned hiker a workout. The trail is in excellent condition and, In most places, it is wide enough for two people to walk abreast. Along the trail, the Park has numbered the various plant life to assist with identifying them. They also have ample signs to indicate the distance to/from the trailhead.

Upon leaving the trailhead, a series of switchbacks takes you up the side of the mountain toward the Grand View area. The Grand View area has ample benches for those who want to pause and spend some time admiring the distant vistas. A few more switchbacks later, at approx the .75 mark, you are at highest point on the trail, 2889 feet.

At this point, the trail passes over to the west side of Pinnacle Peak. Between the .75 and 1.25, a series of switchbacks takes the trail down, across a saddle, and back up again. This section of trail provides an excellent overview of Estancia Golf Club and some of the luxury homes along its well-manicured fairways. From the 1.25 mark, with the help of another series of switchbacks, it's a fairly rapid descent to the 1.75 mark and the western end of the trail. There is no parking at the western end so your only option is to return the way you came.

The climb from the western end of the trail to the 1.25 mark is physically the most demanding part of this hike.

This is a very enjoyable hike that will surely become a favorite of those in the Northeast Valley.

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2002-04-21 lobo41
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent of 53 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Pinnacle Peak
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    Hike with JBN for the Junior Ranger Program - great program and lots of fun with him. Hiked to the 1/2 mile marker and came back. Saw one large Chuckwalla.

    Absolute circus at the trailhead at 0730 am. Very crowded with Scottsdale Police there with two units sorting out two grown men, one who apparently pushed the other one off the trail somewhere. Big drama at trailhead with a couple shouting at the police. Trail was very busy with weekend hikers battling for space with trail runners.

    Parking lot was full so had to park on the side of N 102nd Way, all the way around the curve.

    Would NEVER go to this trail again on a weekend no matter what time!
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    Had not hiked for time in awhile so wanted test my conditioning. Did not push, but slowed down when my heart rate got to 85% of max...about 6 times. Only stopped for a quick drink. To the 1.5 mile marker and back. Felt good and I'm OK with the time as it has not gotten slower in the last 6 months.

    AVE HR: 122
    MAX HR: 144
    Pinnacle Peak
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    It was a low-temp day, had to hike. Was going to do Sunrise Peak but have too much to do so opted for Pinnacle Peak. I didn't realize I hadn't hiked here since Nov 2012. I have 27 trip logs posted previous to that :o . So after work I drove up and noticed that the Pinnacle Peak Patio is being replaced by homes.

    It's a pretty hike even with only the standards blooming: chuparosa, globe mallow, and brittle bush (though some was pretty spent already). A couple ocotillo had buds too. There are jugs of water by other desert flora they are adding. There are several new retaining walls and lots more steps (I'm not fond of the steps) both natural and man made materials. I doubt they'll have the wildflower seasons they used to :( because of all of this construction and trail maintenance.

    Other observations: the golf course grounds seemed to have increased around and at the base of the mountains. There are definitely more houses too. The trail is simply immaculate. A lot more people out than when I normally hike this after work (of course it's been a couple years since I last hiked it). The wind was blowing and gusted pretty good; helped me get up the hill :lol:.

    I felt like I hiked this hike pretty well today; felt strong and it didn't seem like the mileage it was. Of course, the temps were cool so that helped.

    I thot maybe with RS the secret is after using another function to tap on RS and that way you don't have to worry about losing connection. However, I notice on my route there is a blip where I stopped to take the first picture; I think it was after that when I started to make sure to tap RS after taking the pic. I also recorded mileage of 3.69 vs 3.43 in 2012 so I'm guessing the blip caused this error. Now that I reviewed the route again, I see 3 blips. :-k

    brittlebush, chuparosa and globe mallow.
    Pinnacle Peak
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    Wanted a hike close to home. When drove up the road cars were lining both sides of road down to intersection. Almost turned around to go to something further and less crowded like Tom's Thumb, but drove up and found several open spots in lot. Guess I was arriving after the early birds left. Trail busy but not bad. Awesome weather.

    Yellow poppies just starting to show.
    Pinnacle Peak
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    I haven't been hiking much lately, at least not beyond giving "desert walk" tours at Taliesin West, so I haven't been too active here on HAZ. But I did get out to hike and take photos out at Pinnacle Peak for the stormy weather on Monday. Hadn't ever been out here before, nice area, but all the area closed and no-off trail hiking signs were definitely a detriment and a turn-off for what I intended to do. Bailed a little early and went down to the the 104th/Bell TH at MSP for sunset. Hoping to be hiking more soon!
    Pinnacle Peak
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    Jingle Hike to Santa with friends - lots of fun. Registered on Parks and Rec few weeks ahead of time. Did crafts with Leona (a double steward) at the picnic tables afterwards. Then we all went to Chick Fil A afterwards. George was so fast - line leader the whole way. Never seen him so competitive.
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    Pinnacle Peak / loop north on 94th / Dynamite
    Ahhh, summer is over! Nice cool morning. Decided to see if Pinnacle Peak too busy, if was planned to drive further out to Tom's Thumb north side. Cars were lined down the road from Pinnacle Peak trailhead but several empty spots in lot, guess it pays to be a bit late, I got spots from early birds who left after others showed up.

    Planned to hike out and back but when got to west end decided to try a loop north. Back in June I had done a loop south and back along Happy Valley Road to Alma School [ triplog ]. Today's loop was better - walking along 94th north was very nice, got some nice pics looking over at Pinnacle Peak. Hoped to loop back before getting to Dynamite but all signed as private property. Second hope was to zigzag back south from Dynamite but all roads gated. Ah well, was a nice morning for a walk along Dynamite and down Alma School :)
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    Took awhile, but this is my 200th time doing this hike :y: First time was 8-12-2005...thank you HAZ for allowing me to log these hikes!

    To 1.5 mile marker and back.

    AVE HR: 125
    HIGH HR: 179
    Pinnacle Peak
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    Pinnacle Peak / loop back on roads
    carried two rocks up, made good time at just over 3.0 mph avg. Got to west end of trail and decided to make a loop on roads back to trailhead. GPS said 5.0 miles by car, thought might be able to shortcut through some side streets - turned out could not due to all the gated communities. So west on Jomax, south on Pima, boring walk with noisy traffic east on Happy Valley, then north on Alma School . Ah well, nice morning for an almost flat longer hike to return. Cloudy and only in the 80s, very nice for June.
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    Dropped kids off at the very nearby Pinnacle Presbyterian church for vacation bible school. It had rained yesterday and this morning - but knew I had to get some sort of hike in while weather so chilly in June.

    I hiked to Owl Nest and then back down b/c it was looking dark scary sky. Then it suddenly looked fine - so I treated that as a mini-lap and went all the way to the end and back. So a 1.3x Pinnacle Peak hike. Saw a very slow moving gopher snake (thanks to @Sun_Ray for ID) right by a sign that said "Stay on the trail please."

    Felt so good to be rained on :y: but thunder and distant lightning was a little worrisome. Went straight from trail to church to get kids - who had played in artificial snow from AZ Ice Man all morning! They take bags of ice and grind it up and shoot it out of a huge hose. So they had rain and snow on the same day in June - LOL. :lol:

    few globemallow in bloom

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    Pinnacle Peak Park is located east of Pima, off Alma School Road between Happy Valley Road and Dynamite Boulevard. The park entrance is on 102 Way, just west of Pinnacle Peak Patio restaurant. It is approx 8 miles northeast of the Pima Road exit off of Loop 101.

    From the Loop 101, go north on Pima Road to Happy Valley Road. (From this point on there are direction signs for Pinnacle Peak Park.) Turn right on Happy Valley Road. Go east on Happy Valley Road to Alma School Road. Turn left on Alma School Road. Proceed north on Alma School Road to 102nd Way.
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