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Pinnacle PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2013
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,060 ft AEG
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1st trip
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My little 16-year old sister recently purchased her first camelbak. She's sparked an interest in hiking and I couldn't be happier about it! She probably wouldn't strike most people as the outdoorsy type... she practically glows during the day (don't worry, we joke openly about this "white-girl syndrome"). But she's grown up with a hunter as a father, so she gets out camping and hunting with the guys. She even shot an elk once, something I could never do (unless it was with my camera, of course :D )! Anyway, to make what could be a long story short, her boyfriend mentioned taking her to Pinnacle Peak for a hike. She's gone with me to the Supes and to South Mountain, but she only made it halfway before she decided it wasn't so fun. So I told her I'd check out Pinnacle Peak before she goes with him (to make sure she could complete it with a smile on her face).

I've determined she'd do just fine on the trail. I also concluded this trail is North Scottsdale's equivalent to Camelback Mountain or South Mountain... You know the kind of hike where people go to "be seen," as Kyle would say. :wlift: Not really my thannng, but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves (which is ultimately what is important). It is definitely more family friendly than some other popular Phoenix trails.

I can't imagine what the trail looks like on the weekend, because it was PACKED on a Tuesday around 10:30am. May have something to do with spring break, idk. It is a very well maintained trail, with nice restrooms, drinking fountains and what looked like a gift-shop (although I'm sure it was more of an information center, but I didn't go inside). I started off the hike with my camera out (hoping to find some pretty wildflowers), but put it away quickly as I figured there would be no real photo ops. Then, a chubby chuckwalla pops out of nowhere showing off to all the happy kids! Doh! ](*,) At the end of the hike, I was happy to see so many people actually OUTSIDE enjoying "nature." :DANCE:
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It is easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. - Henry Ward Beecher

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