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Piestewa Peak, Phoenix

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#3 of 15 in Nature in Phoenix & Central Arizona
Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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The third-highest point in Phoenix, Piestewa Peak provides commanding views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Hike the summit trail to reach the lookout point, and identify various types of cacti, such as the saguaro, barrel, pincushion, and prickly pear, on your way up. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including the gila monster, horned lizard, and chuckwalla. The summit hike is fairly strenuous with rapidly increasing elevation and is not recommended for people with knee, hip, and ankle problems. However, you'll find a range of clearly marked trails for people of varying capabilities to choose from. Restrooms and water are available at the bottom of the main trail only, so use these facilities before starting your hike. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Phoenix holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Piestewa Peak and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This was the final hike we did on the 3rd day. Having read that the parking lot fills up quickly (with multiple hikes from the lot), we decided to get here by 7:30 to ensure we were able to secure a....  more
    This was the final hike we did on the 3rd day. Having read that the parking lot fills up quickly (with multiple hikes from the lot), we decided to get here by 7:30 to ensure we were able to secure a....  more »
  • The Piestewa Peak is located in a recreation area within the Phoenix Mountain Preserve near Arizona State Highway 51. At 2610 feet high, this is the second highest point – after the Camel Back... 
    The Piestewa Peak is located in a recreation area within the Phoenix Mountain Preserve near Arizona State Highway 51. At 2610 feet high, this is the second highest point – after the Camel Back...  more »
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  • Amazing. So beautiful tonight. Every time is just so beautiful. I'm in love with this mountain. Tonight it was just breathtaking.
  • This is a fun, moderately challenging hike. It's short in distance but the vertical climb in that distance is substantial. Gets pretty crowded and parking can be a little difficult, like pretty much all of the hiking spots around town. The view at the top is pretty great! A good reward for the work.

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