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Pinnacle Peak Park offers 150 acres of hiking near Phoenix. Because of the spectacular, expansive views, it's one of the most popular spots in the area for locals and tourists alike. Free parking is an added bonus for anyone looking to enjoy inexpensive activities while in the area.
The trail is 1.75 miles long (3.5 miles round trip) and ranked as a moderate hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1,300 feet. The beautifully groomed, smooth trail slopes up and down over the course of the trail, which makes it moderately easy for those used to elevation hikes. At a comfortable pace, most folks finish the trail in about 2-3 hours total. For experienced climbers, you'll find designated rock climbing areas, as well.
The park is home to many interesting creatures including Gila monsters, bobcats, desert tortoises, and diamondback rattlesnakes. Because of the potentially dangerous wildlife, it's important to make sure others know where you are, but it's unlikely you'll even run into any. If by chance you do, it will probably just be sunning itself on a rock, and you'll need to wait a few minutes for it to slip away. Since the park is also a wildlife sanctuary, you'll likely run into other intriguing critters, including cactus wren, gamble quail, jackrabbits, antelope, ground squirrels, lizards, and, if you're lucky, a roadrunner. You may spot traces of mountain lions, coyotes, or javelinas, or notice mule deer nibbling on some greenery nearby.