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“Great morning hike!”
Review of Piestewa Peak

Piestewa Peak
Ranked #7 of 238 things to do in Phoenix
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have spent many early mornings and weekends hiking up and down this peak. The scenery is beautiful, especially if you can catch a sunrise.

Main tips:
1) Get there early. The trail gets VERY crowded and parking can be hard to find.
2) Wear sturdy shoes. The trail starts out with some stairs, but gives way to gravel and jagged rocks further up. (sunscreen is a good idea, too!)
3) Take plenty of water, especially in the summer
4) Stay on the trail. People get caught up here when they don't and slide down the side -- remember the gravel I mentioned? That stuff is REALLY difficult to climb.
5) Take your time and hike at your own pace, but step aside and let the fast people pass -- there are plenty who run/walk the trail all the time and are accustomed to the elevation gain.
6) Remember that the uphill hiker has the right-of-way.

1  Thank baergrizz
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are into hiking, Piestewa Peak is a must. You need to go early though if you want to find a parking spot without waiting. The gate opens at 5:00 am. In the summer, you need to be there by 5:30 am if you want parking without waiting. The climb is steep and a little over a mile. The views at the top are well worth the climb. Bring water in the summer.

Thank smatso
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

central phx. Phx mountain preserve. lots of parking. several trails from easy to little more difficult (the summit trail) be sure you have water and hiking boots or shoes.

Thank gst277
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Moderately difficult, but all ages and fitness levels tackle this trail every day. Great views. Not very long. A great hike!

Thank ispira
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

This is one of our favorite hikes, but you need to be smart about it and bring plenty of water, food, and hiking gear in good condition. The trail is not the best in some places, but no hike should be over a trail that resembles a sidewalk. However, you need to be careful and make sure your footing is sound. People usually hike this trail on very hot days and are unprepared for the strenuous nature of the hike and usually underestimate water needs. Always wear a hat. Always bring plenty of water. A little preparation and forethought makes this hike most rewarding. The views are simply incredible and well worth the effort.

Thank Katrina F
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