Pinnacle Peak Hike and Solstice Celebration at Pinnacle Peak Patio

Yes, it will be a fun hike followed by a little optional frolic at the Pinnacle Peak Patio Road House (a few hundred yards from the trailhead). When first opened in 1957, the Pinnacle Peak was a general store and rest stop for travelers heading to nearby lakes. What started as a weekend cookout has grown into the world's largest western steakhouse with seating for 1800 people inside and outside for 2000. But it is much more. It has its own brewery and an old-fashion saloon style bar. It has a room set aside for displays only of early Arizona beer memorabilia (esp. A-1 Pilsner). In other rooms, there are walls with display cases of western memorabilia (badges, stirrups, etc.). In one of the dancing areas (country western music) is an aquarium with a live rattlesnake. Pinnacle Peak Patio is renowned for its "no necktie" tradition. Don’t wear one or they’ll cut it off. Over the past 48 years Pinnacle Peak has cut over a million ties from unsuspecting customers. The neckties are stapled to the rafters along with business cards identifying the victim… and there are many thousands hanging throughout the place. You can read more about it here:
http://www.pppatio.co... The Pinnacle Peak trail is rated easy to moderate and is relatively short (3 ½ miles). Hiking time is about 2 hours. The trail is well manicured and they even take time to label and identify plants and there is other informative signage. As always, this will be slow-paced and conducive to social banter of interest to heathens and appreciation of nature. However always carry water and sun protection. Here are websites which will give you a better understanding and appreciation of the trail and it’s nature:
http://www.arizona-va...
http://www.pinnaclepe...
http://www.gppaaz.org...
http://hubpages.com/h... here are a couple “geostories” about the peak and its rocks:
http://www.gemland.co...
http://www.gemland.co... here’s a trail map:
http://www.pinnaclepe... Directions: From the Loop 101 freeway: exit at Princess Drive (Exit 36) and head east to Pima Road. Take Pima Road north for about 4.5 miles, then turn east on Happy Valley Road, driving for two miles. Turn north on Alma School Road and take it one mile to Pinnacle Peak Parkway. Turn west onto Pinnacle Peak Parkway and follow the road north for about ½ mile north. Turn west at the signed park entrance. If you go a little too far, you can turn left at E. Jomax Rd. We will meet right at the trailhead. …Here’s the google map:
http://maps.google.co...

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  • Al T.

    Another great hike with more participants than ever before. ....I believe it was a good time had by all.... .Weather was perfect and it was great to share the hike with several “first-timers” and I hope they join us again and regularly. .....Our visit to Pinnacle Peak Patio was topped off by a personal tour of the memorabilia by “Big Marv” (grill manager for over 48 years).

    December 21, 2010

  • Casey

    Larger than usual turnout, nice hike and good group

    December 20, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, great food, great people!

    December 20, 2010

  • Bobbie

    A lot of fun! Thank you to Al for organizing it. Very nice to meet so many intelligent and fun-loving people. It was a lot longer than I'd anticipated but I'd misunderstood how long the hike would take. Also, I wasn't dressed and equipped as well as I could have been.

    December 20, 2010

  • Tyger G.

    Al put a lot of thought and effort into making the whole event be a lot of fun for everyone. I had a fantastic time.

    December 20, 2010

  • Bobbie

    Just an FYI to anyone who may not be aware, but there is another restaurant right next to Pinnacle Peak Patio. It's called Pinnacle Grille. The food is good and they give a 10% discount for every return visit. I do not own stock in this restaurant but have eaten there many times. Just an FYI if we do the hike out that way again.

    December 18, 2010

  • Al T.

    Weather should be good for our hike tomorrow. Prediction is partly cloudy and mid 70s.

    This will be the largest turnout we have had so far and will be a fitting culmination of our first year hiking together. We have had a great time walking and talking, as well as socializing afterwards. NOTE... this is a later start time than usual ... 11 am NOTE... dogs are not allowed on this trail.

    December 18, 2010

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