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 best used 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.
All and all it was a good hike up...
A little to easy for me...
Great trail just gets very congested.
A really good hike! I like the Summit trail and I like the Freedom Trail, so why not do both? I started up the Summit trail from the parking lot and was amazed that it wasn't very busy today. I made it to the summit in about 40 minutes and was able to enjoy the top all by myself for a few minutes. The views were great today, it was perfectly clear and sunny. Coming down, I decided to branch off and do the Freedom Trail #302 as well. A perfect day for hiking and right after a rain and the mountain is green and full of life! Total distance clocked in at 5.22 miles. If this hike of both the Summit and Freedom trail is only moderate, why is the Summit trail labeled as hard? Moderate is better.
Great workout...LOVED IT!
Love the rocks