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Piestewa Peak

2701 East Squaw Peak Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85016
+1 602-262-7901
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Great Hiking in Central Phoenix

This park is very conveniently located in the heart of Phoenix. When the weather is nice, the... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hiking Piestewa Peak

GREAT hike! I would rate this intermediate to difficult but loved the variation in terrain. It... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2015
Patty Z
Phoenix, Arizona
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“great hike” (74 reviews)
“summit trail” (34 reviews)
“bring water” (40 reviews)
2701 East Squaw Peak Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Camelback East
+1 602-262-7901
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Reviewed 30 August 2015

This park is very conveniently located in the heart of Phoenix. When the weather is nice, the parking lots fill up early. The main trail (to the peak) is always crowded. We like the perimeter trails for a little more tranquility.

Thank LittleLisa1974
Reviewed 27 August 2015

GREAT hike! I would rate this intermediate to difficult but loved the variation in terrain. It takes you on both sides of the mountain too so the scenery is wonderful.

Thank Patty Z
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Great views at the top, and not too difficult if you are into urban hiking, but it's extremely crowded and parking is a mess.

1  Thank BCNF
Reviewed 13 August 2015

This is just a staircase climb in the heat. It is ok- but probably you will get more of a workout and cooler temps going up a staircase. DO NOT do this without water. DO NOT stray from the path. You must be in shape...More

Thank Terry S
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

I've been hiking Piestewa multiple times a week for the past ten years. It's by far the best hike in Phoenix. Camelback is a lot crowded and it's too frustrating to deal with parking issues. Piestewa offers way more trails and parking options. Bring lots...More

Thank Sean C
Reviewed 9 August 2015

This hike was a great way to start the morning! The trail is very steep and rocky, so it is not for the faint of heart. At the summit are amazing views of the Phoenix Area. The only downside is that it does get very...More

Thank 70katherineh
Reviewed 7 August 2015

While Camelback Mountain gets most of the attention, I actually prefer Piestewa Peak (formerly known as Squaw Peak). Both mountains contain popular hikes (read lots of hikers), but Piestewa feels less claustrophobic, is easier to park at, and has more trail options. There is a...More

Thank kjclower
Reviewed 30 July 2015

Very pretty views of Phoenix and the area. The hike is a lot nicer and easier than other mountains in the area. I recommend going around sunset for obvious reasons.

1  Thank travelingismyfavorit
Reviewed 27 July 2015

I am surprised that some people would call this a moderate hike as it is rated by the park system as extremely strenuous and it is. The payoff at the summit is certainly worth it but be prepared for the crowds and also for very...More

1  Thank fgrsk8r
Reviewed 22 July 2015

Best hike in Phoenix. Go early. Take more water than you think. Wear a hat. Lots of rescues for the unprepared, but a pleasant ànd rewarding climb. Many locals still call it Squaw Peak.

Thank Mike K
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10 November 2017|
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Response from AliciaPhxtoHK | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if the rules have changed much in the past 20 years but it used to be strictly first-come-first served. You can bring your own chairs.
28 January 2015|
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Response from Cesar G | Reviewed this property |
Desert Vista trail over by Dove Valley is an easy one. I would also recommend the Apache Wash trail.
26 January 2015|
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Response from DCVentures | Reviewed this property |
Well... It's not a smooth inclining trail. Mostly stepping on rocks of uneven heights. Depending on your comfort level and fitness level but I would say no. 😄