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This hike was enjoyable. Long, challenging, and good views from the top.

Piestewa however is not a place I see myself returning to very often. There are so many people that hike it and a lot of those people lack etiquette.

With that being said, it is very well maintained.

backpacking
1 day ago

Good initial trail all up hill. Camped on the mountain after the trail split to the falls. Set up our tents then scrambled to the falls that were trickling. If you see the juniper tree camp site open, grab it up because it is by far one of the best spots and makes hiking out much easier as well

Nice views from the top. Stairs pretty much the whole way there. I would prefer the loop if you want to see scenery but the peak if you want to see far.

My most favorite hike in Tucson! Definitely need this app to make sure you are going the right way though!!

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 days ago

It’s a nice short hike, pretty busy and lots of tourists. Great view. Pretty steep but not that long.

on Quartz Peak Trail

3 days ago

I love this hike! I enjoy the drive to it. Steep incline is a definite workout. Go early because one the sun is above the mountain range very limited shade. I didn’t make it to the peak, but if you do wear reliable shoes and a walking stick or trekking poles recommended for balance.

The top is amazing. Because the peak is so steep the trail is very windy so it takes quite awhile to get there, but definitely worth it. There are a lot of lookout points along the way.

Stunning trail! Expansive views with a waterfall!

beautiful place long drive in the Indian reservation to get there too bad the bridge was falling block Ice in who cannot cross it otherwise we just take a picture from the top I will recommend it

This hike will bring you so many beautiful views! Totally worth the climb to the top!

This is a trail with great views around most turns. It is rocky and fairly steep in places but it also levels off occasionally which I found helpful. Hard to believe it’s as crowded as it is with the elevation gain but it is right IN a large metropolitan area so I’m not terribly surprised. Coming from MT I didn’t struggle as much as my mother who came from sea level did but it’s definitely a bring plenty of water and be ready to be in the full sun hike. The views at the top are worth it.

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty decent hike, nice if you like flat hiking for several miles before ascending. A little tricky to find the trail to start going up, but we used the GPS marker on the trail map (AllTrails) to back track when we accidentally passed it. Kept us on route

A well-marked, super challenging trail. Very heavily trafficked by hikers and trail runners of all skill levels.

hiking
5 days ago

YES TO THIS HIKE! One of my favorite so far, a nice workout as we logged about 6.5mi based on where we parked, and a steady incline all the way to the waterfall (think light trickle vs Havasupai). Moderate rating for distance and time, a few steep treks, some rocky areas, and no shade (consider this an early hike, not in the summer heat). The trail is not really marked but there is a clear cut path almost all the way to the top with only a few question marks here and there. Fairly remote, expansive views all around, not much foot traffic, dog friendly but watch out for all the cholla and horse manure. We camped overnight in Lost Dutchman and drove to this trailhead. Plan for about 3-3.5hr if you are an experienced hiker going at conversation pace and stopping for photos.... perfect hike!!

I had only done a couple of moderate trails before hitting this trail. It kicked my butt going up and going down. I understand now why it's called "stairmaster trail". It was a great workout, the trail is heavy used but that helps with motivation. I'm looking forward to doing it again when I'm in a little better shape.

This hike was absolutely beautiful! It was very difficult at parts, but it wasn’t vertical the entire hike so we stopped at a couple scenic overlooks to take breaks and drink water. Even if you don’t make it to the top (which is totally worth the burn though) the view of Phoenix is amazing everywhere you stop and look. You can see for miles. The mountain itself is super cool too, making it an enjoyable, not bland, trail. There are railings when you get closer to the top because it’s much steeper up there. Took us around 2 hours total including stops. Such a great workout- totally recommend!

I went with my brother Bob and older son Ryan. We have done Linda Vista many times and have gone to Finger Rock twice once climbing the finger with ropes so very familiar with the trail.
We went Jan 3rd this year. We made it to Linda Vista Saddle in 2 hours and went about 30 minutes past but turned around because we were slipping all over the place because of snow and ice. It's an amazing trail that never seems to get easier but well worth it. Going back up to do Kimball as soon as the snow melts. Bring 3 liters of water to be sure and hiking poles are a real asset.

Beautiful views from the top and along most of the trail. Waterfall at the end. Definitely worth it. Easy hike will take 3.5+ hours because of length and stopping for many great photos.

Short but fairly steep, a good workout. View from the top is good. Would rate this a 5 if it weren't so crowded.

Great view from the top, the last push to the top is steep. Lots of people on a Tuesday morning at 0645.

great sunset view

This is one of our favorite hikes. The view at the top is so worth the climb!

backpacking
10 days ago

This was a very secluded trail for an overnight backpacking trip. Fun scramble to the falls, which were frozen. Climbing out was tough. watch the cactii---they are "biters" but worth every footstep since there was a dusting of snow everywhere. just lovely.

1/7/19 - Not too hard. The last 1/4 mile was pretty steep though I definitely sweat a ton and it was about 55degrees this morning. I pushed myself really hard and made it to the top in just over 30 minutes but I typically hike too fast for my own good. The trail was pretty crowded but not too bad at the top.. maybe people turned around when it got steep. But the trail is essentially a formed rock path with stairs all the way to the top(really easy to follow). The views at the top are so worth the trouble.

Super busy even on a weekday. No dogs allowed
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A great trail, up to the saddle - at which point it becomes a search for the correct route. Be prepared for a couple of false summits and a glorious view from the top. If you hit it early enough in the summer (4 am), you'll have the whole mountain to yourself on the ascent. Round trip can be run with a bit of effort in under 3 hours, but it's nice to give yourself enough time to enjoy the views and allow for at least 5.

Amazing New Years Day Hike 2019!!! Loved the trail, white caps on the mountain tops and the trickle of waterfall ... Beautiful!!!

very good for experienced hikers.
bring lots of water, a camera, and healthy snacks.

Awesome hike! Did the hike to the base of the falls. It’s been raining the last few days so it was super muddy and slick but worth it. The way the rocks are makes it hard to get good footing - so I’d rate this more strenuous than moderate. Also hiked back up and did Cane Creek Falls over the suspension bridge. My husband , I and pup enjoyed the day exploring nature ! Check out Cane Creek Overlook if you’re looking for a good spot to stop and eat lunch.

Slippery up top this morning, with relatively few folk around at day-break. Whoever the people are that put their used gum all over that rock on the right of the trail 20ft before the peak....man, that’s just disgusting.....I was also a little put-out to find an Instagram couple canoodling at the peak for 10 minutes. I guess trail etiquette doesn’t count up here - not the kind of view I was hoping for.

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