Area: Arizona
Distance: 2 miles
Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Medium
Elevation gain: 1,100ft (from 1,550 - 2,608ft)

Out of Bounds: Occasionally we venture beyond NorCal and we usually take our hiking boots with us. Normal service will resume very soon!

Many hikers head for the hills in search of solitude, but if you're planning to hike to the summit of Piestewa Peak you'd do better to bring with you your community spirit - rarely have we seen such a busy trail.

Hikers, walkers, sightseers and runners alike flock to this prominent peak like moths to a flame, drawn here in part because of it proximity to the city of Phoenix. Despite the crowds this mountain can still be a lot of fun, offering as it does a short but taxing 1,100 ft climb and many great views along the 1 mile route.

If you feel the need to escape from the throngs, you can always extend your return journey along the much less travelled Circumference Trail which traces a flanking route around the mountain. The trip around the mountain measures around 3.1 miles from the peak trail and back to the trailhead.

Parking is a challenge, as is understanding the parking restrictions that prevail. Parking lots close at 7pm, which isn't helpful for folk who want to watch enjoy a good sunset from the summit - but there may be ways to park much later, which we explain in more detail later in the guide.

- Official Site: Piestewa Peak, Phoenix AZ
- AllTrails: Piestewa Peak Summit Trail