Piestewa (Squaw) Peak and Freedom Loop Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Brave the crowds on a steady 1 mile climb to the summit of this prominent Phoenix area peak. Many hikers head for the hills in search of solitude, but if you're planning to hike to the summit of Piestewa Peak you'd do better to bring with you your community spirit - rarely have we seen such a busy trail. Hikers, walkers, sightseers and runners alike flock to this prominent peak like moths to a flame, drawn here in part because of it proximity to the city of Phoenix. Despite the crowds this mountain can still be a lot of fun, offering as it does a short but taxing 1,100 ft climb and many great views along the 1 mile route. If you feel the need to escape from the throngs, you can always extend your return journey along the much less travelled Circumference Trail which traces a flanking route around the mountain. The trip around the mountain measures around 3.1 miles from the peak trail and back to the trailhead. Parking is a challenge, as is understanding the parking restrictions that prevail. Parking lots close at 7pm, which isn't helpful for folk who want to watch enjoy a good sunset from the summit - but there may be ways to park much later, which we explain in more detail later in the guide. Elevation gain: - Approx. 1,100ft (from 1,550 - 2,608ft)
Great workout...LOVED IT!
Love the rocks
Very fun trail! Some areas are steep so always mind your footing, especially going downhill. Also be sure to bring plenty of water.
Very steep towards the end (last quarter mile). Great view from the top! Bring water and be careful with the knees on the way down... Also, watch out for the crazy reckless hill runners!!
Squaw Peak is like one giant staircase that doesn't end. It's beautiful, but one of the most crowded hikes in the valley. Expects sore legs and knees on your decent.
Went on a weekday, wasn't crowded. Somewhat challenging, nice hike