Ingrid has offered to host this "Before Work" morning hike to be done in 1 1/2 hours. Please read her description as you decide to attend.
Thank you Ingrid for volunteering...
This is a before work hike for me, so if you aren't sure if you are up to it, I suggest another tackling it first on another hike that can be done at a more leisurely pace.
The trek to the top of 2,608-foot-high Piestewa Peak (formerly named Squaw Peak) is one of the most popular hikes in Arizona, with about a half-million people walking the trail each year. Only the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon gets more hikers. The lower levels of the trail aren't too bad as long as you take it easy, but the path gets steadily steeper as you climb, requiring a bit of scrambling near the top.
The spectacular, 360-degree view from the summit makes it all worthwhile.
***Bring plenty of water (minimum of 3 liters), your sturdy hiking boots, food/snacks for the trail/summit, camera, hat and sunscreen.***
This hike is rated DIFFICULT. Most of the trail is steep and rough, and it climbs almost continuously.
DISTANCE: 2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1,200 feet
TRAIL STYLE: Out & Back
DURATION: 1.5 hours
FACILITIES: Restrooms and Drinking Fountain
Directions to Trailhead: Take Arizona 51 to Glendale Avenue (Exit 6) and go east about a half mile. Shortly after Glendale Avenue changes into Lincoln Drive and curves south, turn east on Squaw Peak Drive and go another half mile to the park entrance. Get there a little early to secure parking, I plan to leave right at 6:00 in order to get back and to work in time!