Pinnacle Peak Park
April 29, 2019
Located just north of Scottsdale’s main downtown area (26802 North 102nd Way), Pinnacle Peak Park is a short “in-and-out” hike. Its granite peak can be seen from much of the surrounding area and it offers spectacular panoramic views. Pinnacle Peak Park’s trail is 1.75 miles (one way), and it winds up towards the peak for a moderate hike.
Explore Pinnacale Peak Park in Scottsdale
Pinnacle Peak Park encompasses 150 acres and has an elevated gain of 1,300 feet. Public restrooms and drinking fountains are located at the trail head, and there is a paved parking area with bike racks. Hiking and running are allowed, but bikes and dogs are not. There are designated rock climbing areas for experienced climbers.
The trail has interpretive displays, or you can take a guided tour. Learn about the Sonoran Desert’s flora and fauna and the park’s geology as you hike from the trail head to the Grandview Lookout. You will also hear about the Hohokam, an ancient Native American culture centered in Arizona who are thought to be the builders of the original canal system around Phoenix.
For something different (and cooler), take a Full Moon Hike in the evening. Join the staff and volunteers on a guided walk through the moonlight to the Grandview Lookout. And, if you are interested in astronomy, attend one of the park’s Astronomy Evenings for a quiet desert evening under the stars. A short talk is followed by observation of the objects visible in the night sky through a cutting-edge Celestron telescope.
Pinnacale Peak Park in Scottsdale is a designated wildlife sanctuary, and you may be able to spot quail, rabbits, lizards, snakes, and if you’re lucky, a road runner. Your best chance of seeing wildlife is at dusk and dawn (park closing and opening hours); look for coyotes, bobcats, and mule deer, too.
The nearby McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers a range of activities and is great for bird and wildlife watching. The preserve also has three accessible trails, great for young children and those with mobility issues. Self-guided hiking, guided tours, biking, rock climbing, running, horseback riding (bring your own horse) are allowable. And your (leashed) dog can hike with you!
Wear comfortable hiking shoes, outdoor clothing and hat, and don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen for this moderate hike. The trail may be short, but the views are breathtaking. Visit the park’s website for hours and events.
Staying with Parsons Villas
Although many of our rentals are located in the heart of Scottsdale, we also want you to be able to get out and explore the area’s natural splendor.