Piestewa Peak Summit Trail

Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253

Piestewa Peak Summit Trail

Piestewa Peak: Summit Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Strenuous, steep, great views, and Arizona’s most popular trail to the summit of 2,608-foot-high Piestewa Peak."

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"Because Piestewa Peak rises in the midst of Arizona’s largest metropolitan area, the trail to the top sees extremely heavy use, especially on weekends and in the evenings. It is, however, a worthwhile hike for anyone visiting Phoenix.

The views of the surrounding city are outstanding,
especially at sunset. Formerly called Squaw Peak, the prominent mountain was renamed after Lori Piestewa, a Hopi member of the National Guard who was killed in Iraq in 2003."

"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’s gorgeous panoramic view justifies its huge popularity.

The 2,608-foot Piestewa Peak towers over Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Its pointy arête is one of the most prominent features on the Phoenix skyline. During mild weather, thousands of people hike Summit Trail 300 every day, making it the second-most popular trail in Arizona."

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7/8/2018
I love this hike, because I can finish it in a couple of hours and get an excellent workout.
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7/1/2018
Hiked this at the beginning of the month while visiting friends in the Phoenix area. An excellent morning (or sunset) hike, short in terms of distance but challenging due to the very steep incline. Awesome views of Phoenix at the top!
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5/22/2018
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2/11/2006
Excellent hike but of course there were a ton of people on the trail on this beautiful Feb. day. The kids had a really good time. The top is so rewarding. We could see for miles. What a treasure in the middle of chaos and business.
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Trail Information

Paradise Valley
Nearby City
2.4
Distance
1,190 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
1 to 3 hours
Duration
October through April
Season
City, Views
Features
Phoenix Mountains Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Sunnyslope Phoenix Parks
Local Maps