The third-highest point in Phoenix, Piestewa Peak provides commanding views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Hike the summit trail to reach the lookout point, and identify various types of cacti, such as the saguaro, barrel, pincushion, and prickly pear, on your way up. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including the gila monster, horned lizard, and chuckwalla. The summit hike is fairly strenuous with rapidly increasing elevation and is not recommended for people with knee, hip, and ankle problems. However, you'll find a range of clearly marked trails for people of varying capabilities to choose from. Restrooms and water are available at the bottom of the main trail only, so use these facilities before starting your hike. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Phoenix holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Piestewa Peak and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Tours to Piestewa Peak
Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $93
Duration: 3 hours
1.5-Hour Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $84
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
1.5-Hour Private Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour (Single Hiker) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $174
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Piestewa Peak reviews
Absolute must when visiting the area. The hike was more challenging than I had thought. But it was well worth it. Just bring enough water and you’ll be thankful. more »
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... more »
Amazing. So beautiful tonight. Every time is just so beautiful. I'm in love with this mountain. Tonight it was just breathtaking.
This is a fun, moderately challenging hike. It's short in distance but the vertical climb in that distance is substantial. Gets pretty crowded and parking can be a little difficult, like pretty much all of the hiking spots around town. The view at the top is pretty great! A good reward for the work.
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