Hiking Pinnacle Peak


Flat Spot: A chance to catch your breath; one of the few flat areas on the trail.

North Scottsdale offers an abundance of hiking opportunities.  My favorite hike is the Pinnacle Peak Trail.  Pinnacle Peak Park is located at the base of Pinnacle Peak, a famous landmark in Scottsdale.  The park is 150 acres of protected Sonoran Desert.  Immediately adjacent to the park are fabulous homes; Desert Highlands to the south and Estancia to the north; Four Seasons Resort & several golf courses.

The trail is 1.75 miles long (3 ½ miles round trip).  The difficulty officially is rated moderate however; the terrain is constantly changing in elevation and provides a great workout.  The elevation change is 1300 feet.  Open daily from dawn to dusk (except Christmas Day).  There is an Information Center at the trailhead with restrooms, water, & information.

Hiking early in the morning; just after sunrise offers the chance to see the wild life that lives in the park.  Coyotes & Javelina are common if you’re lucky you may see a bobcat, fox, mule deer or mountain lion.  Usually they spot you before you see them and they leave.  Watch the sky for hawks & owls & rarely an eagle.  After a rain it’s heaven; the creosote fragrance is intoxicating.


Golf Course: Looking north to Estancia Golf Course with the Four Seasons Resort in the background.

Located at 26802 N. 102nd Way (just off Alma School Parkway).  It’s my favorite way to start the day.