This hike is one of the most popular and busy hikes in Scottsdale, known for its spectacular setting and relative ease. A gradual ascent up a boulder-covered peak dotted with Sonoran Desert flora, identified by small signposts, leads to a spectacular view out over the surrounding area. You can look out to Tom’s Thumb and over the Troon North Golf Club and the Four Seasons Resort directly below.
The green fairways are a stark contrast to the brown desert. At the base is a fully staffed visitor center complete with washrooms and information. This is a 3.5-mile, out-and-back hike with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet. All manner of hikers frequent this trail, from fully outfitted trail runners to those just out for a slow walk in their flip flops, and even those stopping to do yoga poses along the way. Depending on the time of year, you may also see some rock climbers making their way to the top. Shade is essentially non-existent on this hike, so it’s best to start early in the day to avoid the heat and the crowds. The parking lot has room for only 90 cars, but street parking is available.
If you are staying at the Four Seasons Troon North Resort, you can access Pinnacle Peak from a trail at the resort, or even join a group at the resort for a morning Zen hike.