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Pinnacle Peak Trail

Hiking Trail

Pinnacle Peak Trail

by: Honza
Location:  Scottsdale, AZ          Longitude:  -111.8603    Latitude:  33.7278
Skirting the visible landmark, the Pinnacle Peak Trail is an in-and-out trail offering fantastic views of the northern valley.
Features and Interests:   One of the best trailheads around; endless views; not a peak hike
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
  Saguaro  Saguaro
The Pinnacle Peak Trail offers a very rewarding experience through its well maintained paths and panoramic views. You start off at one of the best trailheads around, ascending with smaller switchbacks. Just past the 0.5 mile marker, the Grandview rest stop offers grand views of the valley and McDowell Mountains. Continuing another 0.5 miles (passing the highest pass at 0.75 mile mark), the Owls Rest opens up to the south-west offering views of the central Phoenix preserves like the Camelback Mountain.

Beyond this maintained lookout, a series of switchbacks takes you down the valley and up another crest. Opening up to a nice overview of Estancia Golf Club and luxury homes, from the 1.25 to the 1.75 mile markers, you will take a fast switchback descent to the trails end. Turning around for a same route return, this first climb is the most demanding of the whole hike.
Trail Distance:  3.55 miles round-trip
Elevation:  2380ft - 2889ft   (change 509ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Often frequented trail
Season:  September to June
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  Water  Ranger Station26802 N. 102nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (1 mile south of Dynamite and Alma School)Paved road or trail to the trailhead
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