March 5 · 6:30 PM
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This hike is rated DIFFICULT.
Lets hike the Alternate trail to the Summit of Piestewa Peak! This is the second largest summit in the valley. We'll gather in the parking lot on the right hand side before the entrance to the park. The alternate trail begins accross the street from this parking lot and goes to the left circling up to meet trail #300 (summit trail) about a quarter of the way up. The advantage of this trail is that you skip that quarter of the stairmaster trail wich is really nice on the knees specially on the way down. We will continue up trail #300 to the summit. The summit will provide us with spectacular nighttime views of Phoenix. We'll enjoy it for a bit before coming down the same way. This is a short but steep uphill hike. The trail is rocky but stable, with lots of step ups. We'll take it at a moderate pace and make stops as needed, however due to elevation gain this is a strenuous trail for fit individuals. Evaluate your skills accordingly. You're encouraged to bring snacks, a camera and must bring at least 2+ liter of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear. You should also bring a flashlight and/or a headlamp as we will be hiking in the dark.
DISTANCE: 2.5 miles roundtrip
ELEVATION GAIN: 1200 ft
TRAIL STYLE: In-and-out style
DURATION: 2 hours
DOGS: NO, the park does not allow dogs on this trail.
FACILITIES: Bathroom and water fountain (short walk)
DIRECTIONS: Follow the Google map link above to Squaw Peak Drive. The parking lot to the right just before the gate is where we will meet. If it's full, park further down the road and walk back. Try to arrive early in case of parking delays. And Please let me know if you cannot make it or are running late.