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Phoenix, Photo Highlights — By Heather Wright Schlichting on May 23, 2010 at 11:49 pm
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Hike the Peak in North Scottsdale

Now, that we’ve officially hit our first 100 degree day, hikers either need to rise much earlier in the morning to beat the heat or hit the trails later in the day after sunset.

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One of the most picturesque hikes in the Valley is Pinnacle Peak, a 150-acre park in the Troon area of North Scottsdale. The route is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1,300 feet.

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The park is an ideal habitat for a variety of native plants such as saguaros, cholla cactus, and for creatures such as bobcats, gila monsters and western diamondback rattlesnakes. Different plants are marked along the trail.

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The trail skirts around the prominent 3,171-foot valley landmark. Don’t let the fairly minimal height gain deceive you, there are enough ups and downs on the trail to give even the most seasoned hiker a great workout.

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The trail has a very smooth tread with a number of hills over the course of the 1.75 mile trail. It’s important to note that it is not a loop trail (something I learned the hard way) so you come back over the same trail. High point on the trail is 2,889′, the lowest point is 2,366′, and the elevation at the trailhead is 2,570′.

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Hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing will take you to spectacular views of the valley. You never tire of the scenery be it natural or of the amazing homes and golf courses.

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The city of Scottsdale along with various community groups have fought hard to keep Pinnacle Peak in tact and in good shape over the years. Pinnacle Peak and a majority of the surrounding land were once part of the Arizona State Trust Land, which was held by the State and managed for the benefit of the State’s educational trust. In 1982 a large area of land including the Peak was annexed into Scottsdale. Fighting off some developers and losing against others, the park as it is today opened in 2002.  Thanks to the Friends of Pinnacle Peak, a group of local volunteers, they are the dedicated individuals responsible for the pristine condition of the park and the reason it attracts many regular visitors looking for the perfect workout.

26802 N. 102nd Way, Scottsdale (map)
(1 mile S. of Dynamite & Alma School)
Hours – 5:15am – 7:30pm

Photos from personal collection.

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