Piestewa Peak-Freedom Trail

Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Piestewa Peak-Freedom Trail

Piestewa Peak-Freedom Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"There are many reasons to choose Freedom Trail over the popular Piestewa Peak Summit Trail. Some do it to get more scenic variety. Others prefer to get closer to the desert. Some hike it because it’s less strenuous than Summit Trail, while others want a longer hike. Whatever your reason for hiking Freedom Trail, you’ll enjoy this loop around Piestewa Peak.

The trailhead elevation is 1,520 feet. Begin your hike at a well-signed egress from the parking lot at the northern end of Phoenix Mountains Park. Immediately descend to cross a dry creek, and climb up the other side to join the Freedom Trail loop."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix (Falcon Guides)
Stewart M. Green
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"An excellent moderate hike that circumnavigates Piestewa Peak." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix (Falcon Guides)
Stewart M. Green
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"Good hike and trail with lots of desert plants and great views across Phoenix." Read more

Piestewa Peak-Freedom Trail Reviews

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2/10/2011
Good hike, first 6/10th of mile half way up the Piestwa Summit trail, then bear left to circumvent Piestwa Peak. I recomend higher cut hiking shoes as the trail terrain can be rugged in spots. Very beautiful on back side of Squaw Mountain. Squaw Mountain was renamed Piewsta in honor of an Afgan war vetern.
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8/12/2009
Beautiful trail. Great way to get away from the city while still being in the middle of it. Good views and great scenery. Moderate difficulty.
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8/13/2008
This is an easy to hike sampler of the areas' geography within the Phoenix Metro area. If you travel clock-wise from the summit trail, you will experience two moderate climbs: the first- and hardest- immediately, and the second about two-thirds in. The Circumference (302) gives great views of both downtown Phoenix, as well as views of both the Phoenix mountains' valleys, and flora.
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3/27/2006
We did three hikes while in Phoenix. CamelBack Mountian (great hike) and the Saguaro National Park (also great) We started the Circufrance trail at the Summit parking lot and followed directions as written. Once at the top of the saddle the directions indicated that we go left even though the trail numbers did not coincide with the directions. Well, to make a long story short. We got lost, and ended up walking an additional hour and a half through the desert. We approached Hightway #51 and had to cut through a housing tract and surface steets to find our way back to the parking lot. These were not good directions and this plan definitley needs some attention and revison.
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3/21/2002
This is a great trail for the average hiker. The trail is well preserved but highly populated with people at times. Most of the trial itself consist of basic mountain dirt with a few rocks thrown into the mix. Small inclines are throughout the entire trail, with one heavy incline towards the front end of the hike (when starting opposite the summit trailhead). Towards the back half, foot work on the narrow path can get tricky, but not a majot concern. The last 1/3 of the hike is all switchbacks going up to meet with the summit trail. Once connected with the summit trail, you have a choice to continue up to the top of Squaw Peak Mt. or head down to the parking lot. Again, a good hike for a beginner/moderate hiker. Enjoy!
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Trail Information

Phoenix
Nearby City
3.8
Distance
570 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Gates open 5 a.m.–7 p.m.; trails open until 11 p.m
Season
1,520 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,090 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Sunnyslope; trailhead plaque
Local Maps

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Dec 2018