The Phoenix metro area has some incredible mountains to hike. Piestewa Peak is one of the most popular urban trails in Arizona. With more than 4,000 hikers each week, the Summit Trail is not really a spot to commune with nature. It is an incredible urban hike with fantastic views. Just don’t expect solitude.
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At a little over 2600 feet at the top of the Summit Trail you will be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the city of Phoenix. You can pat yourself on the back that you made it to the top of a landmark in Phoenix.
How to Get to Piestewa Peak & Where to Park
From Phoenix drive north on 51 for about five miles. Take exit number 5 to east Glendale Avenue. Turn right on Piestewa Peak Drive.
Phoenix Urban Hike
This 1.2 mile craggy mountain is a workout. The trail is very rocky and is similar to walking up a ton of rock stairs. Near the Summit you will have crawl up the side of the rock, otherwise most of this trail is like walking up the stairs. Wear some good hiking shoes, so you don’t twist an ankle.
At a little over 2600 feet at the top of the Summit Trail you will be rewarded with a 360-view of the city of Phoenix. You can pat yourself on the back that you made it to the top of a landmark in Phoenix. Bring water to hydrate yourself. This hike is best early in the morning when it is still cool outside.