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