Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300 - Hike near Phoenix, Arizona
~Piestewa Peak Summit Trail, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA,Phoenix,Arizona
33.53960947, -112.02308835
7.0 miles NE of Phoenix, Arizona
Address: ~Piestewa Peak Summit Trail, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
GPS: 33°32'22.6"N 112°1'23.1"W
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State: Arizona
Trail Length: 2.30 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Advanced
Elevation Gain: 1085 feet

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Some people still refer to the Peak by its original name of "Squaw Peak" before its name changed to "Piestewa Peak" in honor of Lori Piestewa who died serving her country in the Iraq conflict. The elevation of Piestewa is the second highest peak in Phoenix behind Camelback Mountain which is located nearby and features some difficult treks.Courtesy of arizona-leisure.com
The infamous Piestewa Peak Summit Trail is an out and back trail that rewards successful hikers with a three-hundred-sixty-degree view of the Phoenix metropolitan area. While short in length, a little over one mile, the trail is steep, jagged, and consists of multiple switchbacks and modified steps with integrated sections of gravel and rock. This summit trail has been a Phoenix favorite for several decades and is internationally recognized among hiking communities. Water, parking, and restrooms are available at the base of the trail.Courtesy of phoenix.gov
Although described as moderate to difficult, many kids and older adults do the Summit Trail. It's a climb all the way, and most areas have carved steps and there are two short segments with rails. It took us a little less than an hour to get to the top at a leisurely rate, frequently stopping to enjoy the scenery. If you plan to stay for the sunset, especially in winter months, it is suggested to take a flashlight as some areas become dark soon after sunset.Courtesy of hikingproject.com 
The hike itself takes anywhere from 25 to 60 minutes in fair weather, depending on each hiker's capabilities (higher temperatures and sunny conditions may force the hiker to take up to twice as long). A beginning hiker should allow 60 minutes for a leisurely ascent and 40 for descent. The path is mostly well marked. There are 4 spots that are confusing and hikers who are not familiar with the path will be forced to look around for the designated route. There are a few sections that are technically difficult as they are steep and there are no guard rails.Courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

 

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  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
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Directions

From Phoenix, Arizona

  1. Head west on W Washington St toward 1st Ave (0.5 mi)
  2. Turn right onto N 7th Ave (0.8 mi)
  3. Turn right to merge onto I-10 E toward Tucson (2.3 mi)
  4. Take exit 147A-147B for AZ-51 N (0.6 mi)
  5. Continue onto AZ-51 N (4.9 mi)
  6. Take exit 5 toward Lincoln Dr (0.3 mi)
  7. Turn right onto E Glendale Ave (0.3 mi)
  8. Continue onto E Lincoln Dr (0.3 mi)
  9. Turn left onto E Squaw Peak Dr (0.6 mi)
  10. Turn left
    Destination will be on the left
    (256 ft)
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Start at the 302 Trailhead. Proceed to Piestewa Peak Freedom Trail to connect to Piestewa Peak Summit Trail.Courtesy of phoenix.gov

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Guest Review/Comments

/5

leahmia

12/27/17 12:20 pm
Brutal trail! Steep and Rocky! But with lots of flattish spots to rest. We did it twice - the first time in November at noon, it was hot and we didn't bring enough water so we only made it halfway up. The second time in December at 4 pm, and it was a lot cooler, so we took only one water bottle and it was plenty. It took us an hour to go up and a little less to go back down. We carried our toddler in a baby backpack. SPECTACULAR view of the city! Lots of hikers, of all ages, some runners. (We also saw a road runner, the bird!) We got lucky in finding parking, just be prepared to park on the road and walk to the trailhead if needed. Looking forward to climbing this mountain again!
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Distance ?

2.2 miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain ?

1,078 feet

Real Ascent ?

1,140 feet

Real Descent ?

62 feet

Avg Grade (11°)

19%

Grade (-30° to 33°)

-57% to 64%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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