Desert Wildlife. Scenic Views. Rock Climbing. Trail Running. 3.5 mile out-and-back hike. 1300 foot elevation gain.

Pinnacle Peak is a 3.5 mile out-and-back hike along a beautifully groomed trail with a moderate gain of ~1300ft. This distinctive 600ft granite summit can be seen from most of the surrounding valley and offers spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains, iconic Four Peaks, Granite Mountain and the Cone Mountains. This serene slice of Sonoran Desert is home to a wide range of wildlife including bobcats, gila monsters, desert tortoises, antelope ground squirrels, cactus wrens and rattlesnakes.

In order to get to the actual peak that sits at 2889ft, you will need your rock climbing gear. Pinnacle Peak Park is considered to be one of Phoenix's classic granite climbing areas. There are many classic crack and bolted routes.

The park is open dawn till dusk and is strictly enforced. Get there early on weekends and holidays to avoid the crowds.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks
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Activities Photography, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic
Wildlife

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Very Nice Hike

I went to school at GCU and this is one of the best hikes it’s a little far from Phoenix so a lot of people from that area are unaware of it.

Fun

I would give it five stars- but it's not dog friendly.

Get There Early, Beat The Crowds

Fun little hike. Just get there early to beat the masses.


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