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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
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Routes 0
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Trips 8 map ( 87 miles )
Age 75 Male Gender
Location Litchfield Park, Arizona
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Preferred   Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar → 9 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:34am - 7:33pm
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by lobo41

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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.

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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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