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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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Shared By:

Kevin Morris

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 51 votes

#57

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  4.2 from 51 votes
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Trail Rankings

#5

in Arizona

#57

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154 Views Last Month
13,679 Since Feb 6, 2016
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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
Alternate Summit Trail
Oct 1, 2020 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
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Current Trail Conditions

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Check-Ins

Mar 30, 2024
J Henry
1mi — 1h 00m
Jan 31, 2024
brian ross
Oct 10, 2023
Joey Patrum
Feb 25, 2023
SJ Allen
great Peak. super busy 1.1mi — 2h 00m
Jan 24, 2023
Lou Hibbard
Most people didn't go to true summit 1.1mi
Dec 18, 2022
Dan Shemon
Good hike with Esben while T-38 XC! 2.2mi — 1h 30m
Aug 14, 2022
Amelia Bracewell
Mar 21, 2022
Joshua Conklin
2.2mi
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