Hike Piestewa Peak

Hike Piestewa Peak

Phoenix metro area has some incredible mountains to hike. Piestewa Peak is one of the most popular urban trails in Arizona. With more than 4,000 hikers each week, the Summit Trail is not really a spot to commune with nature. It is an incredible urban hike with fantastic views. Just don't expect solitude.

Piestewa Peak Trail

Piestewa Peak, previously known as Squaw Peak, changed it's name in 2003 when Lori Piestewa became the first Native American woman to die in combat in the US military in Iraq. The name was officially (federally) changed in April of 2008.

At a little over 2600 feet at the top of the Summit Trail you will be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the city of Phoenix. You can pat yourself on the back that you made it to the top of a landmark in Phoenix.

Phoenix Urban Hike

This 1.2 mile craggy mountain is a workout. The trail is very rocky and is similar to  walking up a ton of rock stairs. Near the Summit you will have crawl up the side of the rock, otherwise most of this trail is like walking up the stairs. Wear some good hiking shoes, so you don't twist an ankle.

Craggy rock stairs

Craggy rock stairs

You will see people in all shapes, sizes and ages walking this trail. Personally, I wouldn't bring anyone younger than 7 or 8 just because they may not have the stamina to make it back down. But that is really a personal call.

Piestewa Peak Summit

Piestewa Peak Summit

At a little over 2600 feet at the top of the Summit Trail you will be rewarded with a 360-view of the city of Phoenix. You can pat yourself on the back that you made it to the top of a landmark in Phoenix.

You will see people in all shapes, sizes and ages walking this trail. Personally, I wouldn't bring anyone younger than 7 or 8 just because they may not have the stamina to make it back down. But that is really a personal call. I've seen babies and people over 60 huffing up this trail-so your call. Bring water to hydrate yourself. This hike is best early in the morning when it is still cool outside.

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