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Piestewa Peak, Phoenix

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#3 of 12 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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  • Lots of trails and beautiful scenery. You can bring your dog, just not on the summit trail. They must be leashed on the other trails. It's a great view of Phoenix and the trails are well kept.  more »
  • If you haven’t hiked Piestewa (formerly Squaw) Peak, you haven’t hiked Phoenix. It is to Phoenix what Angel’s Landing is to Zion and what Half Dome is to Yosemite: the area’s signature hike (sorry Cam...  more »
  • A great place to take in views of Phoenix. It is not far outside the downtown area. Accessible by car or taxi.  more »

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