Views of the surrounding area are spectacular, everything from lush homes and golf courses sprawling around the base to purple mountain peaks in the distance. Along the route, markers identify native plants, and it’s not unusual to spot lizards and even rattlesnakes basking in the sun along the way. Along the way, markers identify plants – useful for first-timers just getting familiar with desert flora.
If you want a thrill, sign up for the once-a-month Full Moon Walk. It’s an escorted hike up Pinnacle Peak Park Trail that starts just as the sun dips over the horizon and the moon begins to rise. When we made the trek, we were accompanied by a naturalist and an astronomer who pointed out features once we reached the top. Lucky us, the International Space Station made a pass at just the right moment, too.