Piestewa Peak, Phoenix
Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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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Hoke the trail this am. Great time. Make sure you are fit enough to do this before attempting. Wear good comfortable shoes. Give yourself 30 to 40 min to get to the top. View is worth the effort
I got out of a meeting at 5pm, rushed to the trailhead parking area, and climbed up the peak just in time to watch the sunset. It is very strenuous, but a great workout if you use it as such. Lots of ... read more »
This was a tough trail with an intense climb. If you are not a hiker/climber plan on it taking you at least an hour o get to the top. Bring water and go at a pace you can sustain. Don't be intimidated... read more »
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