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Piestewa (Squaw) Peak

Brave the crowds on a steady 1 mile climb to the summit of this prominent Phoenix area peak.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  Many hikers head for the hills in search of solitude, but if you're planning to hike to the summit of Piestewa Peak you'd do better to... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The trailhead is located on the left side of E Squaw Peak Rd, just beyond the main entrance.Trails are officially open until 11pm, but - and this is where it gets tricky - the signs in the parking lots say that parking is only allowed until 7pm.

The rangers close the park gate at 7pm which blocks the park entrance but allows cars to exit after... More

2. Junction

The intersection of the 1 mile Piestewa Peak trail (route 300) and the 3.1 mile Circumference Trail. Most folk will want to bear left here and follow the crowds towards the summit.

If your intent is to accomplish both routes today, then we'd recommend a clockwise journey first to the peak, followed by a more gentle descent down and around the... More

3. Junction

Bear right to continue up the mountain and continue your uphill climb - you're just over a third of your way to the summit so far, so keep moving.The good news is that the great views get even better the further up the mountain you progress.

Taking the left fork in a northwesterly direction will take you along the Circumference Trail (route 302) ... More

Congratulations on reaching the Piestewa Peak summit, which at 2,608ft above sea level is the second highest peak in the Phoenix Mountains after Camelback Mountain.

The top of Piestewa is the perfect place to admire 360 degree views of the Valley of the Sun, the chain of mountains which run from north to south, and the spectacular sunset which... More