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Pinnacle Peak Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 2,000'
Location: 33.72913, -111.86517 View Map  Incorrect?
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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: scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/pinnacl...

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.3 miles from here

93 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',26],['2 Stars',41],['1 Star',23],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',17],['5.7',16],['5.8',10],['5.9',13],['5.10',24],['5.11',8],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pinnacle Peak

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pinnacle Peak:
South Crack   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Pinnacle Peak
Varicose   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   AMC Boulder
Birthday Party   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   Pinnacle Peak
Chutes and Ladders   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Pinnacle Peak
Dead Meat   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   Loafer's Choice Slab
Chug A Lug   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Pinnacle Peak
Silhouette   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Pinnacle Peak
Mickey Mantle   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   AMC Boulder
Two Cams and a Jam   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 50'   Cactus Flower East
28th Day   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Pinnacle Peak
Ezy Rider   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Pinnacle Peak
Y Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   Y-Crack Boulder
Naked Edge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   The Wedge
Loafer's Choice   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Loafer's Choice Slab
Rurpture   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   AMC Boulder
Death Watch   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Pinnacle Peak
Powder Puff   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Pinnacle Peak
Sidewinder   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches   Pinnacle Peak
Lesson in Discipline   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Pinnacle Peak
Shalaylay Direct   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Pinnacle Peak
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Featured Route For Pinnacle Peak
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Lesson in Discipline 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : Pinnacle Peak
Door jamb edges up a gently overhanging face until finally a rest is encountered. Climb starts same as Powder Puff, then branches off right and up face. Excellent TR if not ready for the lead (I spent many a shady late summer afternoons messing around on this)...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pinnacle Peak Sunsets are pretty great.
Pinnacle Peak Sunsets are pretty great.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo Art Courtesy of climbphx.com
Photo Art Courtesy of climbphx.com
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise
Sunrise
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shred.
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Pinnacle Peak

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By Ken Isaacson
Apr 20, 2009
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.
By Ryan Myers
From: Tempe, Arizona
Jan 7, 2010
11 routes...1000ft at pinnacle peak

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

ticklist

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
By Ryan Myers
From: Tempe, Arizona
Jan 10, 2010
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
By Ryan Myers
From: Tempe, Arizona
Jan 10, 2010
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
By David Shiembob
From: slc, ut
Dec 13, 2011
Didn't there used to be a route called "Fear of Flying" here?
By ErikF
Dec 13, 2016
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/Scotts...

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