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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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  • This hike kicked my butt! It's an excellent way to get in your daily exercise, and more. it's upward and onward the whole way. Be sure to bring water! Wear sunscreen, and try to get there early in the...  more »
  • While the walking path isn't paved, it is easy to maneuver. Be careful not to step on the loose rocks. The view is awesome once you reach the top.  more »
  • This is a rewarding trail when visiting the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. When you are used to flat terrain, this was a little challenge but it was doable. The trail is a series of rock type of steps all a...  more »