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Anish S
Chicago, IL749 contributions
Nov 2021
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 spot. If you have done or are comparing against the Echo Canyon camelback hike, note that this is much more difficult. It's steep from the beginning so you get out of breath quickly. Additionally, you are hiking next to the edge of the mountain the whole way and it's rocky so you do need to be careful w/ your steps.
There are a few areas where railings have been installed to help you up/across the rocks as it's bit tricky without.

The top part is the most difficult and scary. you are basically scaling the back side of the mountain with minimal to no support to hold on to. This is also the worst part of the hike as you climb back down. If you are scared of height, you might struggle a bit here but feel free to climb down (this area of the hike) on your butt - that's what my wife did. it took her about 20 min to climb down the few min of the hike but that's okay b/c she still did it.

If you are debating about doing this hike, it's def. worth it. It's an extremely difficult/tiresome hike but it's well worth it. I would not recommend this hike for any kids under 10 as they do need to be careful in certain areas. Between this and echo canyon, echo canyon is def. more family/kid friendly. This is more of a challenging hike. While the views from both hikes are great, we appreciated the views from Piestewa Peak more. From echo canyon you can see phoenix and the surrounding areas. From Piestewa, you see more of the valley and the mountain peaks around. However, echo canyon has more space for you to sit up top and enjoy the view.
Written December 27, 2021
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Saint Paul, MN793 contributions
Jan 2021
There are several hiking trails here but the one to the peak is most popular. Parking at busy times can be a bit of a bear but there are actually several parking lots and new ones being worked on so I recommend you drive all the way in before feeling you won't find a spot. Nice restrooms facilities and picnic areas (currently taped off for Covid). The peak trail is doable for most, but you may need some breaks or there are scenic views along the way if you don't want to go all the way up. Wear hiking shoes (although many had tennis/running shoes on).
The oddest thing is that this trail as well as many have signs saying to not listen to your music out loud. Is this a real problem? Must be - despite this sign we encountered people were blaring their music while hiking on every trail we did here and elsewhere. Sorry, but that is just strange. Especially if you are alone and don't need to "share" your music. Why do people think I or anyone else wants to hear their bad choice of music? I wouldn't force anyone to listen to my music selection. An odd human hiking behavior, I guess.
Bring water! wear sunglasses, but certainly add this to your list when in Phoenix.
Written January 13, 2021
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7 contributions
Jan 2020
The trail is much harder than it was when I was a kid. The efforts to guard against erosion (I think) have led to a more stair-like climb. But it's worth it. The views are spectacular when you make your way up the trail and 360 degrees when you get to the top. Thank you for the modernized bathrooms in the parking lot, too!
Written January 21, 2020
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Austin, TX40 contributions
Aug 2020
I hiked Piestewa Peak for the first time this past weekend. We got there right at 6am to beat the heat and the crowds, but apparently 6am is on the later side, as the parking lots were already full, and were got lucky to grab a spot.

The hike is a straight incline the entire way up, so if you aren't in decent shape, I would not recommend. Especially not in the hot summer. The views are beautiful however, and everyone is friendly on the trail. It was a great workout!

I will say that the trail is very narrow (much more so than Camelback mountain), and you are passing people only a foot away. It made me a little nervous with Covid, so you may want to bring a bandana to put on your face if that's something you're concerned about.

Also, please don't be one of those people we saw with no water out there during the summer. The temps were already in the low 90's when we finished the hike at 7:30am!

It took us exactly 1.5 hours to complete the hike. (For reference, my sister and I are both 37 years old, in good shape, and went at a fairly quick pace).

If you are active and want a great workout with awesome scenery, I would highly recommend.
Written August 18, 2020
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Holly K
Lake Forest, IL, United States49 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
This is a very difficult but rewarding hike. My 24-year-Old son is the only one to make it to the top, the rest of us skipped the last 2 legs due to the steep climb.

GORGEOUS views, but the trail was so rough going down it took almost the same amount of time as going up so plan accordingly! This was our 3rd hike in 4 days and this was by far the most challenging descent.
Written March 5, 2020
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La Vista, NE176 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Fairly short hike but parts are strenuous and rocky. Depending on how good of shape you are in and how crowded it is I would plan on a minimum of 1-2 hours.also depends on how much time you want to spend at the top drinking in the viewsMost of the time you have to stop along the way in order to look around you because of the uneven path. Totally unable to social distance even though you are outdoors. Pretty heavily trafficked even on a weekday. Construction work going on to make more parking areas. Several toilets and an outside washbasin with running water makes it even better. No fees to park/hike, no pets allowed on trail. Wear sturdy shoes and take more than a small bottle of water.
Written February 25, 2021
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Andrea M.
4 contributions
Nov 2020
My boyfriend and I were told not to hike camelback because it was pretty difficult so we came here instead. Piestewa Peak is still challenging because of the steep incline so you're essentially climbing/descending stairs the entire time. This was not a leisurely hike (at least not for us), but it was beautiful! Definitely bring water. If you work out regularly, you might consider this an intermediate trail. We went at 10am on a Saturday and it was packed. Everyone was friendly though and was courteous to move to the side if we were passing, and we returned the favor when others were going faster than us. I would definitely recommend Piestewa Peak if you're looking to get a workout and some good views.
Written November 30, 2020
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Minneapolis, MN125 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
My wife and I hiked Piestewa Peak in January 2020 and it was great! We hiked Camelback the day before so weren’t sure what to expect. Piestewa was definitely more like stairs. It had a pretty clearly defined path and was a pretty consistent ascent the whole way up, unlike Camelback. There are mostly rocks to step on but there is also gravel too. We didn’t think this was difficult in terms of technique but more so in terms of stamina. You are steadily climbing stairs the whole way up is how my wife described it. The view is fantastic. I thought it was very cool to see Camelback from the peak. There weren’t a ton of good spots to sit at the top because it was rocky and crowded. But my wife and I managed to sit up at the top and have a snack for a bit. She took so many pictures going up and down. We both really liked this hike a lot. We preferred Camelback because it was more challenging and it was constantly different whereas this hike is similar much of the way up. I recommend for sure!
Written January 7, 2020
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Gig Harbor, WA181 contributions
Feb 2020
If you're looking for some great exercise, take time to hike Piestewa Peak. There is a fair amount of parking availability and you will need it as Piestewa Peak is extremely busy, especially on beautiful days so get there early.

The hike itself is gradual and if you are in moderately good shape you should be able to do it with relatively no problems. Just make sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate...especially if you are from out of town.

The views all along the way are fabulous and if you are like me you chat it up with fellow hikers along the way. Enjoy!
Written March 3, 2020
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Mike X
Chicago, IL1,876 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
This isn't a dangerous or narrow hike but it is very rigorous physical challenge. Pretty much no flat sections, it's all uphill stairs/climbing Got there at 3pm on Wednesday and got the last spot in the parking lot. On our way out we noticed lots of people parking along the road leading out of the mountain. Bring some water!
Written March 24, 2021
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