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Location: In Phoenix, just E of Squaw Peak Freeway.
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The Piestewa Peak Summit Trail is an out and back trail that leads to successful hikers with a three-hundred-sixty-degree view of the Phoenix metropolitan area. While short in length, a little over one mile, the trail is steep, jagged, and consists of multiple switchbacks and modified steps with integrated sections of gravel and rock. This summit trail has been a Phoenix favorite for several decades and is internationally recognized among hiking communities. Water, parking, and restrooms are available at the base of the trail.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 1974
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Phoenix Parks Dept
2701 E. Squaw Peak
Phoenix , AZ 85040
Piestewa Peak - February 12, 2018
This is an extremely popular hike that climbs a prominent mountain in Phoenix. The trailhead is marked with a sign that rates the trail "extremely difficult" (I attached a photo). I suspect the hot, dry weather of Phoenix is part of the reason for this rating. However, I was there in winter on a relatively cool day. As a matter of fact, the wind was howling at the top and it was quite chilly.
The trail is steep and strenuous, but I would call it "difficult" vs. "extremely difficult". There are no places where you need to use your hands to scramble up rocks and the descent was manageable even for my 58-yr old knees. I would imagine in the heat of summer this is a very different experience, but I think anyone who is fit can manage this trail.
Views from the top are great. Only complaint about the trail is its popularity. I was there on a weekday and there were a lot of people on the trail. This is not a big detractor for me, but if you like solitude, this is not your hike.
February 14, 2018
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