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 Joined Dec 11 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Pinnacle PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2003
Hiking3.50 Miles 319 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.17 mph
319 ft AEG
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Had heard they recently opened the trail and wanted to see the area from near the top. Boy, is this trail different from the Superstitions! Wide path for the most part but out and back does give a workout as there are some painful switchbacks on the way back that tax your muscles and wind. This is a beautiful hike and, even though short, would be a great one for visitors to the valley. All around the peak there are million dollar plus homes. You actually get very close to the top of Pinnacle Peak. I am not an off trail person--yet---so stayed away from a final push to the top and they discourage that anyway unless you profess to be a rock climber and they have signs for that.

On a weekday the trail was actually quite crowded and if you like girl watching, this trail beats Piestewa. Maybe Paradise Valley has more "model material". Anyway the hike was fun and did give a workout plus the scenery--both nature and human--was outstanding. Some people use this hike as a workout jog and we saw both men and women actually at quite a run to take advantage of the many ups and downs.

It always amazes me when I see hikers with poor footwear, no hats and very little water. One woman from Seattle had thought that chollas were "cute" so I had to play MD with my pliers and small first aid kit. People should simply carry a few necessities, especially for hiking in the desert areas.
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average hiking speed 1.17 mph
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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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