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Piestewa Peak

698 Reviews

Piestewa Peak

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Kari S wrote a review 16 Jan
Minneapolis, Minnesota13 contributions4 helpful votes
We took our kids (age 6 and 8) and hiked Summit trail. It was more challenging than we anticipated, but the views were incredible. It’s a similar hike to Echo Canyon (Camelback), although a bit easier and not quite as steep. There is some climbing towards the top. The trail is well marked and there were a lot of other hikers, so you do have to be mindful of sharing the trail. Hikers were very friendly and considerate. There are bathrooms and drinking fountains at the trailhead, and parking is free. The hike is 4.5 miles round trip, so bring plenty of water.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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JCJake wrote a review 13 Jan
Saint Paul, Minnesota768 contributions440 helpful votes
There are several hiking trails here but the one to the peak is most popular. Parking at busy times can be a bit of a bear but there are actually several parking lots and new ones being worked on so I recommend you drive all the way in before feeling you won't find a spot. Nice restrooms facilities and picnic areas (currently taped off for Covid). The peak trail is doable for most, but you may need some breaks or there are scenic views along the way if you don't want to go all the way up. Wear hiking shoes (although many had tennis/running shoes on). The oddest thing is that this trail as well as many have signs saying to not listen to your music out loud. Is this a real problem? Must be - despite this sign we encountered people were blaring their music while hiking on every trail we did here and elsewhere. Sorry, but that is just strange. Especially if you are alone and don't need to "share" your music. Why do people think I or anyone else wants to hear their bad choice of music? I wouldn't force anyone to listen to my music selection. An odd human hiking behavior, I guess. Bring water! wear sunglasses, but certainly add this to your list when in Phoenix.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Maren R wrote a review 4 Jan
124 contributions39 helpful votes
Started out thinking this was going to be a fairly easy 30 minute hike. I hike, i love nature and exercise. This was one of the harder hikes I've done. If you are not prepared to work all the way maybe try an easier trail. The views once you finally reach the top are amazing and worth it. Make sure to being water. This was a great workout!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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AvgJoe3 wrote a review 3 Jan
Audubon, Pennsylvania170 contributions63 helpful votes
Great hike, 2.2 miles each way with 1100 ft vertical elevation. More steps and less bouldering than Camelback, but longer hike, You need to be in pretty good shape to make the top. There are sort of two tops, one for most and one if you want to rock scramble. Just like the typical hikes in Phoenix, parking can be a challenge. Also no fee for parking or anything, so free hike.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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aspireyou@aol.com wrote a review Dec 2020
Houston, Texas11 contributions11 helpful votes
My family enjoyed walking up Piestewa Peak. We walked on a Saturday morning in December and there were no more parking spaces, so we parked on the side of the road. My wife is in good physical condition for 57 years old, but she wasn't sure that she could make it to the top and it took some encouragement for her to make it to the top. Fortunately, it regularly seems throughout the hike that you are at the top of the Peak, so you keep moving on up because it seems like it is only a little farther. The views are nice all the way up the mountain and there are places to stop and enjoy the view. There are spots throughout the walk that are narrow and it is necessary to wait while the people coming towards you go by. Overall I am pleased that we chose Piestewa Park to hike.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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