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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300

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 4.2 (43)

A popular trail, offering panoramic views of the Phoenix area and surrounding mountains.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Point to Point

2,494' 760 m

High

1,445' 440 m

Low

1,050' 320 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

18%

Avg Grade (10°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

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Family Friendly Easily accessible from anywhere in the valley. The trail is not too difficult for children, and it offers a wonderful challenge for the whole family! Not to mention the rewarding view at the top.

This is a preserve. Taking home rocks or even moving them is prohibited. Leave the wildflowers in place. Only park in designated areas. Do not cut switchbacks.

Description

The trail starts at the first parking lot on the left and is sign posted. If you decide not to do the Summit Trail, other trails give beautiful views and leisurely hikes for any one who wants to enjoy the Sonoran desert landscape.

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.

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Kevin Morris

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  4.2 from 43 votes

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  4.2 from 43 votes
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#6

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Photos

Piestewa Peak provides a phenomenal panorama of the Phoenix Metro for all to enjoy.
Mar 10, 2017 near Paradis…, AZ
Almost to the summit, you'll have to navigate this steep, rocky section to reach your prize.
Mar 10, 2017 near Paradis…, AZ
Piestewa Peak.
Feb 6, 2016 near Paradis…, AZ
Camelback Just in the Distance
Aug 18, 2019 near Paradis…, AZ
At the top of the Peak, looking southwest.
Dec 13, 2017 near Paradis…, AZ
Starting up the trail.
Nov 27, 2017 near Paradis…, AZ

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Jun 26, 2020
Ian M
Apr 8, 2020
Leo Belanger
April 8th, 2020 — 1h 40m
Mar 14, 2020
Sydney Bouressa
2.2mi — 1h 12m
Feb 18, 2020
Monica Felix
Jan 10, 2020
Tori Smith
Dec 31, 2019
John K
Oct 19, 2019
Robert Williams
Sep 22, 2019
Rajiv Patnam
Good aggressive climb. Enjoyed the views 1.8mi — 2h 00m