Pinnacle Peak East 11-08-13

On Friday (Nov 8), I went on another bike-hike-bike Pinnacle Peak quest. Compared to my Camelback Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 6.57.35 PMmarathon-and-a-third (33 miles) pilgrimage last week, this one does not appear as difficult. It’s “only” 16 miles round trip.  Plus about a 400 ft vertical elevation hike to the summit of the trail from which the above photo was taken (see the map).

What makes the Pinnacle Peak quest challenging, however, is the bike portion. It is a 7.5 mile non-stop uphill ride to overcome the 800 ft vertical elevation difference between Eagle’s Nest, our North Scottsdale home, and the trailhead parking lot (from 1,700 ft to 2,500 ft elevation). That may not seem like much to a Tour de France rider. But it is to me. And that’s just to get to the point where one begins the hike up the mountain.  Which in comparison to the bike portion of the quest is quite cinchy.

Anyway, there is a wonderful reward when you reach the summit. The nearly 360-degree views are spectacular. Here are two composite panorama shots to the west and to the east.

Pinnacle Peak_Panorama_West11-08-13

Pinnacle Peak_Panorama_East11-08-13

Author: ALTZAR

Bob Altzar Djurdjevic is a writer, musician, video maker, thrice-ordained Inca-shaman, geopolitical commentator, business analyst, playwright-producer... He is also founder of non-profit organizations Stewards of the Earth ( and Truth in Media ( ALTZAR shares his time between Maui, Hawaii and Scottsdale, Arizona. You can follow his blog at and his travelogues at Bob had also worked as a business consultant and advisor to top executives of large multinational computer companies for 36 years (1978-2014). He had spent 8 years working for IBM prior to starting his own business in 1978.

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