Quartz Ridge Trail

Cactus, Arizona

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For decades, Piestewa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak) Summit Trail 300 has carried the title of Phoenix’s most popular hiking trail. More people trample this well-trodden path up magnificent Piestewa Peak than any other trail in the Phoenix metropolitan area. This hike has become an institution in Phoenix culture and requires enough oomph to challenge even the fittest athletes. The summit offers a gorgeous panoramic view that justifies its huge popularity.

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"For decades, Piestewa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak) Summit Trail 300 has carried the title of Phoenix’s most popular hiking trail. More people trample this well-trodden path up magnificent Piestewa Peak than any other trail in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

This hike has become an institution in Phoenix culture and requires enough oomph to challenge even the fittest athletes. The summit offers a gorgeous panoramic view that justifies its huge popularity."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cactus
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2–3 hours
Season: Year-round; hot in summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Phoenix Mountains Preserve
Local Maps: USGS: Sunnyslope
Driving Directions: Directions to Quartz Ridge Trail

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May 2018