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black Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300

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Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

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

Grade

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.

Kevin Morris

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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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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
Apr 12, 2019
R Ramsey
AMAZING!!! First time fully TWICE!!!! 1.3mi
Apr 7, 2019
R Ramsey
Felt tired and not as strong in this hike, but nearly halved my first time! 1.2mi
Apr 7, 2019
Michelle Chuang
Mar 8, 2019
Gary Rischitelli
Mar 3, 2019
Jeremy Niederjohn
Feb 17, 2019
Tatiana Markelova
Very busy
Feb 10, 2019
Carrie Mahoney

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  4.2 from 31 votes

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#8

in Arizona

#61

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