Centrally located, the Piestewa Peak is a part of the Phoenix Mountains. There are over a dozen trails which one can hike and ... More
Centrally located, the Piestewa Peak is a part of the Phoenix Mountains. There are over a dozen trails which one can hike and enjoy a panoramic view of the Sonora Desert. For those who wish to only watch, the park affords that opportunity as well. Covered ramadas in a well-maintained picnic area allow visitors to observe the local wildlife and plants. Remember your sunscreen, hat, and plenty of water when visiting the park.
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This was my first time in Phoenix. This was also my first time to mountain hike. I had a great time. The views from the climb were simply mind blowing. God was very creative when He created Arizona. The climb took me 1hr 19minutes to reach the peak and 1hr 8minutes to get back down. It was a great workout. There were plenty of other hikers on the trail up to the summit so I never felt isolated on the trek. This is a must do in Phoenix
Some of our family gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday in nearby Gilbert. We decided to take four adults and four children on a hike up Piestewa -- the children's ages being 12, 10, 8 and 8 -- the day after Thanksgiving. The oldest adult is 58. All made it to the peak. The two oldest boys, 12 and 10, were allowed to head out on their own going up. We provided close supervision for the 8 year olds, and all supported one another as we worked our way to the top. We kept all the kids in sight on the way down.
It was a beautiful day for a wonderful hike. We all had our own supply of water. I would suggest a hat -- especially for the old men who are either losing or have lost their hair!
I would recommend the hike for anyone who is in at least moderately good condition. There are a couple of benches at which to rest along the trail. It is a good workout, so enjoy the beauty of a desert mountain while providing your body with some good exercise!
Compared to its macho neighbor Camelback, Piestewa is only a moderately difficult hike, with no boulder fields to scramble up - only a well groomed trail. The trail turns quite steep toward the top, and there is one rock overhang to watch out for just before the summit. However, this hike can be done by older and somewhat out of shape people who take their time rather than rushing. It is also the place to "see and be seen" for young, athletic Phoenicians. I love this mountain, and I climb it every time I'm in Phoenix. Experienced hikers allow an hour round trip; slowpokes should allow twice that. Have fun! -Larry
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