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black Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300


1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,050' 320 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 2,494' 760 m
Low: 1,445' 440 m


Avg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)


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Trail shared by Kevin Morris

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

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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.


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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Jun 22, 2019
Sarah Hornbeck
May 23, 2019
R Ramsey
At Summit with Hannah and Elizabeth!! Woot wooot ~almost got stung by a bee 1.3mi
May 19, 2019
The Arizona Vagabond
Night hike. Solo 2.6mi — 1h 27m
May 10, 2019
R Ramsey
VERY leisurely hike. Took our sweet time, photos, water breaks, the works, and STILL had this pace!!! Woot woooot! Not too shabby ;) 1.3mi
Apr 22, 2019
R Ramsey
Yesss felt really strong!! Amazing feeling. New PR 1.1mi
Apr 20, 2019
Diane Langstraat
Apr 18, 2019
R Ramsey
One minute fastest while still feeling tired and with a 12lb pack! 1.1mi
Apr 15, 2019
R Ramsey
Slower pace with two breaks, but only a minute slower than our fastest (34:35). I was carrying 3.5 liters of water in my pack! 1.2mi

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