I recently returned to the Phoenix area after a few years away to attend my nephew’s ASU graduation. On my list for the trip was to take on an old favorite: hiking Piestewa Peak. As a Phoenix native, I’ve hiked this peak many times before, but it had been years since my last visit. I was excited to see what changes had taken place since, and I was not disappointed.
The 300 trail hike itself is challenging, with a 1,000-foot elevation gain over the 2.1-mile out-and-back trail, according to AllTrails. The trail is rocky in some places, has multiple switchbacks and can be quite strenuous in the Arizona sun. At times you might think you are getting close to the summit, but you’ll hike around a switchback and see that you have a ways to go.
But despite the difficulty of the climb, it’s worth it for the amazing 360-degree views from the summit. From up there you can see all of Phoenix and its surrounding mountains.
I hiked in early May, so I began my hike around 7 a.m. I highly recommend coming early because the days tend to warm up quickly. AllTrails suggests hiking from October through March. When you begin the trail, you’ll see signs warning about excessive heat and the summit trail’s difficulty. Please don’t try this hike during the summer! (Also, don’t bring your dogs; they are not allowed on the trails.)
It’s clear that a lot of work has gone into keeping these trails in good condition over the years. I noticed a constant buzzing throughout my hike and signs at the park warn to beware of bee activity. I didn’t have any issues with bees.
Overall, I’m glad I made time to revisit Piestewa Peak after all these years away. It’s still as challenging as ever, but it’s also just as rewarding! If you’re looking for a great hike near Phoenix then this is definitely one to consider. I was sore for days afterward after such a good workout.
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