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AMC Boulder 7 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Cactus Flower East 16 / 6 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Cactus Flower West 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Elephant Rock 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Loafer's Choice Slab 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Lower East Wall 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Pinnacle Peak 36 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 44
Reata Pass West 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Wedge, The 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Y-Crack Boulder 8 / 2 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 10
Elevation: 2,000 ft
GPS: 33.729, -111.865 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Orphaned on Jan 19, 2006
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
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Description

Pinnacle Peak is the crown jewel of the Phoenix granite crags. Nearly lost because of development, the area was closed in 1994. Eight years later, local climbers were finally able to leverage the park out of the developer through a loophole in the land deal. It reopened as a Scottsdale City Park in 2002. The area features fun gear and bolted climbing on desert granite spread among the array of formations within the park.

More information: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/pinnacle/

Note: Please do not attempt to climb on the Lower East Wall! Access to this area is closed!

Getting There

Pinnacle Peak Park is located in northeast Scottsdale near the intersection of Alma School Road and Dynamite Rd. Park in the lot near the visitor's center and hike up the golf cart path of a trail to reach various climber's trails that lead to the routes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pinnacle Peak

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
South Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Varicose
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Birthday Party
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Dead Meat
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Chutes and Ladders
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Silhouette
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Chug A Lug
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mickey Mantle
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Naked Edge
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Y Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
28th Day
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Loafer's Choice
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Wish You Were Here
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Lesson in Discipline
Trad, Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Shalaylay Direct
Trad
South Crack Pinnacle Peak 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Varicose AMC Boulder 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Birthday Party Pinnacle Peak 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Dead Meat Loafer's Choice Slab 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Chutes and Ladders Pinnacle Peak 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Silhouette Pinnacle Peak 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Chug A Lug Pinnacle Peak 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Mickey Mantle AMC Boulder 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Naked Edge Wedge 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Y Crack Y-Crack Boulder 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
28th Day Pinnacle Peak 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad
Loafer's Choice Loafer's Choice Slab 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Wish You Were Here Cactus Flower East 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lesson in Discipline Pinnacle Peak 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Shalaylay Direct Pinnacle Peak 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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ErikF  
Please be outside of the gate at Pinnacle Peak Park prior to park closing. This “hard” closure requirement was part of the negotiated agreement between climbers and the City of Scottsdale that allowed Pinnacle Peak Park to open and that rock climbing can continue.

Under the closure requirements, all users, including rock climbers, MUST be outside of the gates. It doesn’t matter where you parked. If you are “inside” the gate at park closure, which adjusts seasonally, you are “trespassing”. There is a good chance that you will be confronted by Scottsdale police and cited. There are NO valid excuses. Therefore, City staff recommends wrapping up you climbing and being on the trail back to the parking lot and outside the gate well in advance of the closing. It will take at least 20 minutes from Pinnacle Peak crags and 30 minutes from Y-Crack and Cactus Flower crags.

The park closes at specific times what vary with sunset and can be found here - scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/Sco… Dec 13, 2016
David Shiembob
slc, ut
David Shiembob   slc, ut
Didn't there used to be a route called "Fear of Flying" here? Dec 13, 2011
Ryan Myers
Tempe, Arizona
Ryan Myers   Tempe, Arizona
yeah it was a good day...before we started our plan was to do finish at cactus flower wall with some short easy climbs there for a total of around 15 routes but ran out of time. i do like the other climbs you mentioned definately would have like to added them if we had time, chug a lug is strangely a lot harder than it looks and y crack is a beast in itself..

where would the best spot in az be to do a 2000 ft day?

-ryan Jan 10, 2010
Ryan Myers
Tempe, Arizona
Ryan Myers   Tempe, Arizona
We started at varicose and in order to top rope those routes we bouldered up the backside of amc boulder near the start of delayed flight..pretty easy two moves to get to the top..after the first four routes we agreed our approx distance climbed was 300 ft.. varicose(70ft),reunion(70ft),mickey mantle(70ft) and dead meat(90ft), from there we went to lead birthday crack(90ft) and setup toprope for pecker party(90ft)after rapping pecker party we climbed back up to sundeck boulder to retrieve our gear and finish south crack(220ft) then rapped down and headed to chutes and ladders (90ft), in need of lunch but still wanting to summit the wedge we lead hiliter(50ft) and headed down for a quick lunch and off to Y crack boulder, we lead turtles piss(60ft) and top roped jam on jam(60ft) to finish and then run back to the car just a little too late. After adding it up it looks like we did 960 ft of fifth class climbing..throw in a few feet of scrambling and it sure felt like a 1000 ft day.. either way it is what it is and it was a hell of a lot of fun. i challenge others to get out and give it a shot(maybe get to the park a lil earlier) and let me know if you got any other interesting link ups to try.

-ryan Jan 10, 2010
Ryan Myers
Tempe, Arizona
Ryan Myers   Tempe, Arizona
11 routes...1000ft at pinnacle peak

started at 11 climbed til 6 (yes we got locked in)

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Varicose TR
Reunion TR
Mickey Mantle TR
Dead Meat TR
Birthday Party Lead
Pecker Party TR
South Crack Lead
Chutes and Ladders Lead
Hiliter Lead
Turtles Piss Lead
Jam on Jam TR

lemme know if you can top this

Ryan Myers
Brad Montgomery Jan 7, 2010
Pinnacle Peak is a fantastic climbing area for visitors. It overlooks some of the most luxurious homes in Arizona(bring your binoculars) and there are views of Troon and the Lower East Wall which were once open to climbers. Apr 20, 2009

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