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Piestewa Peak, Phoenix

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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. Using our international travel planner, Phoenix attractions like Piestewa Peak can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We had a great casual hike on the second highest peak in the Phoenix mountains. There were great views and you could see the whole valley. There were families who had rented pavilions and were having ...  more »
  • The hike is short but steep, and in places the trail is very rough. It also has many sections of stairs and some of the stair risers are more than double a normal height (so were challenging to our kn...  more »
  • Locals call this Squaw Peak, the original name before someone felt it was offensive…over the holidays it was packed in the lot but plenty of space in the preserves…so pick a path or do the summit. You...  more »