January 1 · 6:30 PM
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This hike is rated DIFFICULT.
Let's celebrate the New Year by hiking the Summit of Piestewa Peak! This is the second largest summit in the valley. We'll gather by the base of trail #300 and take it straight up to the top. 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. After entering the park through the gate, the summit trailhead is the first parking lot on the left. If it's full, park further down the road and walk back. Try to arrive early in case of parking delays.