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Piestewa Peak

Trail and Scenic Lookout
Camelback East, Phoenix
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  • Ric L.
    "Great hike first thing in the morning Squaw Peak... Peaceful"(25 Tips)
    Ingrid H.
    "circumference trail 302 around the base of the mountain."(5 Tips)
    Kyna R.
    "Make sure to bring plenty of water and shoes with good traction!"(3 Tips)
    Andrew D.
    "metal summit marker on the right side"(2 Tips)
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  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DuranJanuary 23
    Not a long trail but busy and somewhat strenuous nonetheless, so be careful, don't litter, drink water and stay on the trail! Start at 3p for sunset bring a light and a camera and capture the sites!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DahnertMay 27, 2016
    Great place for a vigorous workout and a great view at the top!
  • jiresell
    jiresellMarch 28, 2016
    Tough trail, but you get a real sense of accomplishment if you reach the peak.
  • Shijil J.
    Shijil JanardhanJanuary 23, 2016
    Difficult to get parking space if you plan after 9 on a weekend. Instead of wasting time looking for parking inside the park you can try on 27th PL or near by st.
  • Alan
    AlanNovember 24, 2014
    Good moderate hike, pretty much mostly a stair climber. Busy on weekends, lots of tourists. Great view on top.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica M.January 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Sunrise or sunset. Great hike and great for the legs.
  • Ingrid H.
    Ingrid HartmanNovember 30, 2013
    Instead of going with all the sweaty masses up on the summit trail, take the circumference trail 302 around the base of the mountain. It's a lot less crowded and beautiful! About a 3.5 mile loop.
  • Randy L.
    Randy LevitchNovember 20, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    #Night # Hiking is #awesome @Sunset !! Bring a #flashlight or #headlamp !!!!
  • Shaylin B.
    Shaylin BradaNovember 18, 2013
    Difficult hike but amazing view. More of a stair like hike. Lots of wildlife so leave the snacks at home
  • Brenda C.
    Brenda CarrascoNovember 17, 2013
    For first time hikers, there are metal guardrails there for you to hang on to if you are having a hard time!
  • Emily S.
    Emily SchochNovember 15, 2013
    At the top!
  • Kimberly Q.
    Kimberly QuinonezNovember 14, 2013
    Like to hike at a fast speed? This trail makes it possible! Not so much climbing like Camelback and more flat trails. Still beautiful scenery! Recommended.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SchochNovember 14, 2013
    Beautiful views
  • kudlaone
    kudlaoneOctober 28, 2013
    Great place to go for exercise or get reconnected to Mother Earth.
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FossumOctober 26, 2013
    Shut up and enjoy the views.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PaulOctober 14, 2013
    Fun, but challenging hike. Gets pretty crowded as well.
  • C Maurice W.
    C Maurice WOctober 13, 2013
    Awesome hike try to come early before sun comes up
  • James B.
    James BehrensOctober 3, 2013
    Parking lot is full at 5:30... it's still dark
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungSeptember 17, 2013
    Worth the hike up for a great view of Phoenix
  • Carla M.
    Carla MonaghanSeptember 13, 2013
    It's a tough but breathtaking hike - the scenery and elevation take your breath away! More like nature's stairclimber.
  • Randy L.
    Randy LevitchAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Great views from the top and on the way up/down! Parking can be a challenge nearby.
  • Pon L.
    Pon LertsakdadetJune 24, 2013
    A little harder than it seems. Great hike. Awesome view.
  • Maggie
    MaggieJune 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The view is such a reward for the climb, esp for sunrise/sunset or anytime between. Feel great afterwards!!
  • Roseann H.
    Roseann HigginsMay 10, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Dear Phoenix City CouncilPiestewa Peak gate & facilities were open Til 9pm. It's daylight. Look at the gate. Help? Arrive before 7 or wait for the small lot outside gate for someone to finish a hike.
  • Gabe C.
    Gabe CruzMay 2, 2013
    Get here early on weekends, beginners bring plenty of water. If hiking in the evening bring a small flashlight
  • Maggie
    MaggieMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place! Not the easiest but worth the view!would run down w/my headphones-what a rush,trails are hard,no even trails!Ran into my sisters boyfriend,carrying his bike while climbing!lol Try it!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BradleyFebruary 21, 2013
    This is really Squaw Peak.. Some ridiculous politics changed the name. It's funny how the name of the mtn was changed but not the road it's on?
  • Mary Kate L.
    Mary Kate LauFebruary 16, 2013
    You feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, and then all of the sudden, you see a peak of the Phoenix skyline. One of the prettiest hikes in town without the crowds of Camelback.
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RodriguezJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy Phoenix's weather by hiking up to the top of Piestewa!
  • Kyna R.
    Kyna RosenNovember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Water, visor, electrolytes, good shoes with traction, and clothes that wick the sweat! Scoobie snacks are great too! :-)
  • Kyna R.
    Kyna RosenOctober 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to bring plenty of water and shoes with good traction! No, flip flops and bedroom slippers don't count!
  • Jake
    JakeOctober 26, 2012
    Locals still call it Squaw Peak.
  • Lynn M.
    Lynn MichelsenMarch 27, 2012
    2.4 miles total. Easier on the way down...
  • Justin B.
    Justin BeckettMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    PLEASE VOTE! People's Best New Chef Award. http://www.foodandwine.com/peoples-best-new-chef/southwest
  • Steve M.
    Steve MosherFebruary 9, 2012
    Try not to fall off the side of the trails. ;)
  • Justin B.
    Justin BeckettJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    So now that you have burnt off all those calories from a the hike, come on down to Beckett's Table for some fantastic food & drink. "Come together" at BT with some friends. 602 954 1700
  • Jana M.
    Jana MarcelinoDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    After this nice hike head to Suddenly Slimmer Spa for a nice deep tissue massage. Call 602-952-8446
  • Frankie F.
    Frankie FrankoNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Approx 2,500 feet up...
  • Jaena M.
    Jaena MoynihanNovember 17, 2011
    The 8 trail is one of my favs!
  • Frankie F.
    Frankie FrankoNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Be here for sunset
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie ScottOctober 29, 2011
    When you think you can't do it, don't stop!
  • Zach B.
    Zach BushOctober 1, 2011
    Awesome! Did it in 2 hours! Amazing views!!
  • rbka G.
    rbka GSeptember 27, 2011
    Awesome hike, if you're serious never stop + run! When you're done check out 32 SHEA cafe on 32nd St and Shea. They have coffee, food + liquor (if you're in the mood for bloody mary's or mimosas!)!
  • rbka G.
    rbka GSeptember 27, 2011
    Awesome hike, if you're serious never stop + run! When you're done checkout 32 SHEA cafe on 32nd St and Shea. They have coffee, food + liquor (if you're in the mood for bloody mary's or mimosas!)!
  • rbka G.
    rbka GSeptember 27, 2011
    Great trail! When you're done check out 32 SHEA cafe on 32nd St and Shea. They have coffee, food + liquor (if you're in the mood for bloody mary's or mimosas!)!
  • rbka G.
    rbka GSeptember 27, 2011
    If you're trying to get in shape run on all flat parts. When you're done check out 32 SHEA on 32nd St and Shea. They have coffee, food + liquor (if you're in the mood for bloody mary's or mimosas!)!
  • Russ H.
    Russ HughesSeptember 18, 2011
    Try the veal!
  • Jim H.
    Jim HornadaySeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    A great loop hike: From the end of the parking lot, take 304 N, look immediately for 8B E, up over saddle, continue down counterclockwise (all left from here) along 8A & 8 back to 304 & parking lot.
  • Aaron G.
    Aaron GSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Best way to loose weight!
  • Ric L.
    Ric LopezSeptember 5, 2011
    Great hike first thing in the morning Squaw Peak... Peaceful
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 20, 2011
    The 2,608-foot Piestewa Peak offers wonderful views, but if you take on this 1.2-mile hike in summer don’t forget to take plenty of water. Dehydration could cramp your style.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AlstonJuly 3, 2011
    Beautiful view of the Valley of the Sun!
  • Thomas L.
    Thomas LeeApril 21, 2011
    Bring lots o' water
  • Michael M.
    Michael MosesApril 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Climb to the geological survey marker on the right. Then you'll really be at the summit, 2608 ft/795 m, 3rd highest peak in Phoenix.
  • EVERYMILE
    EVERYMILEApril 12, 2011
    There are two main attractions at Piestewa Peak: the Summit Trail and the Circumference Trail. The Summit Trail is by far the more traveled. It is about 1.2 miles to the top. The Circumference Trail a Read more
  • lori L.
    lori LathropMarch 24, 2011
    hiking with the family
  • Marcia Q.
    Marcia Q.November 12, 2010
    Only for those who exercise daily if not, their legs will hurt for three days, or will have to be picked up by an helicopter after reaching the summit. It happened to a friend's friend a few years ago
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FermanNovember 5, 2010
    Bring water, even when cool outside.
  • Rich C.
    Rich CAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    bring water
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DouglasJuly 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget to touch the metal summit marker on the right side when you hike up! The official peak!
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CommissoMay 16, 2010
    Trail 202 is a fun hike that isn't very populated and will give you a workout.
  • Kate D.
    Kate DavidsApril 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    There is only 1 exit to the summit trail. Don't try to go through the parking lot thinking there's an exit on the other side.
  • Jim H.
    Jim HornadayMarch 13, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    No dogs allowed on the summit trail. If you bring a dog, try one of the other trails from the end of the parking lot.
  • Brian O.
    Brian OshiroFebruary 20, 2010
    Do the circumference trail. Tough first uphill followed by 1 mile of nice pass with great views of W. Valley. Connect w/summit trail. For views of north, connect w/1A right before steep 1st uphill.
  • Brian O.
    Brian OshiroFebruary 3, 2010
    Gotta do Circumference Trail. Did Dreamy Draw yesterday but ended up lost in the desert and under SR-51. Awesome.
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