This is our 'Seven Summit Planning' hike, aka a good excuse to christen Chip's new bbq. We'll fitness hike at a strong pace, then adjourn to Chip's nearby home for bbq and beers. Please bring fun snacks and beer; I'll provide chicken and corn to bbq, plus wine. Chip provides the patio.
Thank you Ingrid for your write up - I unashamedly stole it:)
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.
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+ 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.