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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300, AZPrint Full | Basic
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Difficulty 3    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,400 feet
Elevation Gain 1,180 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.3
Interest Peak
Fastest splitDave1
2012-04-2016m 9s
joe bartels
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Routes 527
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Trips 2,267 map ( 11,759 miles )
Age 44
Location Phoenix, AZ
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 Piestewa Circumference -
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0.0  Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302
0.2  Piestewa Peak Alternate Summit Trail
0.2  Mohave Connector Trail #202
0.3  Mohave Trail #200
0.3  Phoenix Preserves Loop 200A-8A-8B-304
0.4  Nature Trail #304 - Phx Preserves
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Iron Schist
by joe bartels

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Love or hate it, you have to admit, it's convenient! The large parking lots bring large crowds. Regardless, this is a great hike. If crowds get you down try the Circumference Trail. (claimed one of the best wildflower shows in Arizona).

Okay so your heart is set on the summit. This is an old horse trail. Some of the railings are still in place up near the mile mark. The trail was mainly used for means to travel to an old mine. You can forget exploring that area as it is off limits. So stay on the trail and keep out of trouble! Plenty of restrooms are available in the parking areas. It's great to wash your face off after a hike in the summer heat.

The trail starts out with a few switchbacks. A wide trail handles the crowds fairly well. At times it gets extremely crowed. Then there are times you luck out and a beautiful day will go by with only a few visitors. The footing is jagged in sections. Everybody compares Piestewa Peak and Camelback. Well Camelback is much smoother. Although in the boulder areas long legs are needed to conquer the large steps. Whereas Piestewa Peak is for the most part no steeper than a staircase. Yet as I mentioned the trail is jagged in sections keeping your eyes on the trail. Several benches along the way provide comfort. Passing the 0.25 mile marker your in the midst of switchbacks. Between the 0.45 and the 0.6 mile marks the trail flattens out. The Circumference Trail spurs off to the left and then down right away at the half way point 0.6 miles. Continue on up the next series of switchbacks that start immediately after the 0.6 mile marker. The second section of flattened trail opens up after passing the 0.75 mile marker. Enjoy the stroll and relax as the nasty sections are yet to come. The trail goes in and out of the contours with minor elevation gain for a short distance. Welcome to never ending switchbacks. It's something like thirteen in a row. The first being the least forgiving as it is steep and the footing is rather loose. After that it's not too bad footing wise. The third takes you up to a popular bench. After the fourth switchback comes the largest step with exception near the summit. On Camelback these are the kind of long legged steps you battle over and over again. More steep slopes are encountered passing the one mile mark. Though it's nothing to worry about as the steps are small and close together. Just like a staircase.

Okay it's on to the summit. Believe it or not, only a small percentage of the crowd makes it up to the official summit. Most are satisfied with the larger area just a few yards shy of the peak. It's fun to look around and see the city from a birds eye view. Personally I prefer the shear drop off from Camelbacks summit which adds a real sense of elevation! Piestewa Peak is a nice alternative when you can't get into the Camelback parking lot!

Note: This is a preserve. Taking home rocks or even moving them is prohibited. Leave the wildflowers in place. Park only in the designated areas. Do not cut switchbacks. Over the years I have seen rangers hand out tickets for all of the above. An illegal parking ticket really puts a damper on the ride home. I myself have been tempted to follow an old obviously blocked trail that cuts up the dreaded switchbacks. Forget it, it's stupid and just isn't worth it period.

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Directions Preferred Months Feb Mar Oct Nov
Water / Source:faucet at trailhead
Preferred StartAny Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise5:57am Sunset7:00pm
Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
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Directions
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To hike
Between 16th and 24th Streets on Lincoln Drive go North on Piestewa Peak Park. Follow Piestewa Peak Park through the neighborhood into the park.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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