I did so much hiking this past spring during Spring Training in Arizona. I’ve recapped all of them excepted this one: Piestewa Peak!
Piestewa Peak is the second highest point in Phoenix, right after Camelback Mountain. If you read my post about hiking Tom’s Thumb then you remember it was definitely challenging – rewarding, but challenging. I kept hearing this hike was easier than Tom’s Thumb, and while it was shorter, it climbed quickly, and I was definitely exhausted by the time I got to the top.
Piestewa is a well known area so the path can be very healthy trafficked, especially if you’re hiking on a weekend. When it comes to hiking in Arizona, I always recommend doing it in the morning – that desert heat is no joke. Always check the weather before you head out on any kind of hike, and always always always pack plenty of water.
Other Things to Know
- Dogs are not allowed on the trail when temps are above 100 degrees
- There is barely any shade on this trail so be aware of that and bring plenty of water
- There are a few different trails at Piestewa Peak, but the most well-known and heavily traveled is the Freedom Trail and the Summit Trail. I hiked the Summit Trail, which is rated moderate/difficult
- The trailhead for both the Freedom Trail and the Summit Trail is located at: 5994 E. Squaw Peak Dr.
- Trailhead Hours are: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Trail Hours are: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Water, parking and restrooms are available at the base of the trail
- The trail distance is 1.2 miles and it’s an out and back trail
- The elevation change is 1,200 feet