Best Nearly Out-Of-Town Hike - 2002
Pinnacle Peak Park
Reasons five through 100: flat-out snubbing-the-snooty satisfaction. Since 1994, the park has been closed to us regular folk, commandeered by a developer building the upscale Estancia home community. The fencing was supposed to be temporary; new homeowners refused to take it down, citing concern over riffraff (that's us) coming too close to their manicured yards. Finally, this spring, Scottsdale parks planners woke up and returned our park to the people.
It's hard to hike and thumb our noses at the same time, but hey, we're willing to bet the effort burns extra calories.