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Piestewa Peak, Phoenix

Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The third-highest point in Phoenix, Piestewa Peak provides commanding views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Hike the summit trail to reach the lookout point, and identify various types of cacti, such as the saguaro, barrel, pincushion, and prickly pear, on your way up. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including the gila monster, horned lizard, and chuckwalla. The summit hike is fairly strenuous with rapidly increasing elevation and is not recommended for people with knee, hip, and ankle problems. However, you'll find a range of clearly marked trails for people of varying capabilities to choose from. Restrooms and water are available at the bottom of the main trail only, so use these facilities before starting your hike. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Phoenix holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Piestewa Peak and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Fairly short hike but parts are strenuous and rocky. Depending on how good of shape you are in and how crowded it is I would plan on a minimum of 1-2 hours.also depends on how much time you want to...  more »
  • It’s a beautiful mountain with great city views. Parking Can we tight. We hike a Friday at 5 to watch the sunset. Be sure to bring a light or use your cell phone when hiking in the dark on the way...  more »
  • We took our kids (age 6 and 8) and hiked Summit trail. It was more challenging than we anticipated, but the views were incredible. It’s a similar hike to Echo Canyon (Camelback), although a bit...  more »
  • Amazing. So beautiful tonight. Every time is just so beautiful. I'm in love with this mountain. Tonight it was just breathtaking.
  • This is a fun, moderately challenging hike. It's short in distance but the vertical climb in that distance is substantial. Gets pretty crowded and parking can be a little difficult, like pretty much all of the hiking spots around town. The view at the top is pretty great! A good reward for the work.
  • Love this hike. It is challenging, yet doable and fun. My little dog loved it too and made it almost to the top all by himself. I had to carry him the last few feet. It would be fine for a big dog too. I love the views. This mountain has many hikes from many sides and this one is one of my favorite. This hike took us 45 min from the parking lot at 7th St to the top and 30 min to come down. Total 1 h 15 min roundtrip.
  • This trail is a little difficult in some places, but for the most part is a very comfortable hike. I brought my two kids (one is 8, the other 4) and they made it up the hill without any need for real assistance (just an overly cautious father breathing down their necks).
  • We have visited The Peak many times and everytime we have a good hike. A few things that I recommend are that you be sure to have an ample supply of water on hand. Preferably a rule of thumb is for every hour you plan to hike have 16 ounces of water for each hour you plan to be there. Also, IF you are planning on visiting/hiking the Peak for an Exceptional "Sunset Hike", be sure to have a flashlight with you. Many times we have done this hike at Sunset and we always encounter someone who doesn't think about, after the Sun set's then there is NO LIGHT!!! Just trying to enlighten you of this event.

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