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Piestewa Peak, Phoenix AZ

• 4-star hike
• 1.9 to 5.1 mile options
• Medium difficulty | Gain 1,073 to 2,182 feet
• Phoenix, Arizona
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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.

At 2,608 feet above sea level, Piestewa Peak's summit is the second highest peak in the Phoenix Mountains after Camelback Mountain. It's the perfect place to admire 360 degree views of the Valley of the Sun, the chain of mountains which run from north to south, and the spectacular sunset which fall over the distant White Mountains.

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. If your intent is to accomplish both routes today, then we'd recommend a clockwise journey first to the peak, followed by a more gentle descent down and around the mountain.

Parking is a challenge, as is understanding the parking restrictions that prevail. Parking lots appear close at 7pm, which isn't helpful for folk who want to watch enjoy a good sunset from the summit - but with a little ingenuity you can find places to park without such limitations.

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Peak Trail Out & Back (1.9mi & 1,109ft) - AllTrails | Directions
Circumference Trail Trail (3.4mi & 1,073ft) - AllTrails | Directions

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