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Piestewa Peak, Phoenix

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#3 of 17 in Nature in Central Arizona
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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  • so try the Freedom Loop - which is longer, nearly 4 miles - but is not soooooo steep and gives hikers a great and intimate experience of Phoenix's Sonoran Desert foundations  more »
  • We decided to go on a short hike. There were great views! The trail wasn’t too difficult. There was a few steep points. There are lots of trails to pick from. Parking was a little challenging as we we...  more »
  • This hike is more difficult than it seems at first; A few times you think "you're there" but there's another climb ahead. I did the Summit trail on a Saturday; it wasn't crowded; there were young chil...  more »
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  • A great hike. Reminded me a lot of Echo trail on Camelback a little easier without the crowd. Technically this is a moderate trail, but definitely an aerobic workout. took 47 minutes up and 38 minutes down, all this with a baby on my back. I would not suggest this hike if you do not have hiking shoes or boots. I. summary a great hike and worth doing.
  • Seems kind of ridiculous to me that you can review hiking trails but this one is nice. Remember to bring water, leave your pets at home, and take your time. There are some cool trails around the base of the peak that are more suited for hikers with less experience as well.
  • Definitely kicked my butt! Literally.. all the jagged rocks you have to climb is like doing lunges up a thousand foot incline. But it's a fun hike all in the same and the view at the top isn't too shabby either! Arizona is very beautiful from up there, especially at sunset.
  • i dont recommend this mountain if you are a beginner. it is a stair stepper all the way up and near the top their are a couple of steep steps put it is all worth it when you get to the top the view is amazing and on a clear day you can see the stadium in Glendale
  • Absolutely amazing views from the top. Watched the sunset, you can see Arizona Cardinals Stadium, And Luke AF Base. Just beautiful. Tough climb but so worth it.
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