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3 hours ago

Nice trail- just an easy little hike.

We connected up to Piestawa Peak from this trail and went up for the view, beautiful trail. To the peak it was def hard but freedom was moderate and worth the trek.

up in 43:40 today. great hike but starting to get crowded

hiking
no shade
scramble
1 day ago

Santa was at the top near Christmas time with a tree he brought up. Google it and you can read the news article.
Helpful to note:
Parking is difficult. Uber drivers can’t drop you off right at the trail head but you can’t park right at the trailhead either. An Uber can still drop you off close and you can walk down the street to the trail head with no problem.
Toward the top I used my hands to help myself up the rocks. It wasn’t just a steep walk.
Look for the blue dots painted on the rocks to see the path. There’s also a lot of people on the trail you can just follow.
It’s great for experienced hikers. It felt really short but really steep to me.

Great trail with lots of greenery and flowers! Took my 16 pound dog and he loved it, it’s just enough elevation to be interesting but not too difficult!

Parking is a challenge. This loop is not easily marked. Lots of various trails you can find your way back.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike that’s going to make you break a sweat. Fantastic views. You can also change it up by going around the loop clockwise or counter clockwise.

great nighttime hike.

This trail was absolutely breathtaking! The entire way up and down had the most beautiful views. It was not an easy hike but the views from the top were so worth the climb. Give yourself time and bring plenty of water and food if you get hungry! Our pup came with us and he did great too. The trail is well marked with white paint. You can purchase a parking pass at the trail head. Beware: the trail is ACROSS the street from the restrooms and payment areas. 10/10 recommend!

hiking
1 day ago

Wonderful hike! Excellent views and different trails during hike, a bit of rock but trail well marked. Enjoyed the up and down and the views. The trail is well marked and well maintained. Loved the benches along the trail too!

Very scenic and steep going counter clockwise to bell pass which you gain 1,700'. Then you descend and wind through the valley and up and over three false passes to wind gate pass. That's 5.2 miles to there and around 2,100' of elevation gain. Then it's another 4.4 miles back to the trailhead over very rocky terrain. Great views of camelback and other mountains and valleys.

2 days ago

Did not find it worth the hype, but pretty. water crossings mid-calve deep. Feet are swollen and angry from being soaked, in morning chilly temps.

hiking
2 days ago

Crowded trail on the weekends, mostly at the beginning.
Wear trail shoes vs tennis shoes

Beautiful views, trail is easy to follow.

Overall: The trail was a great challenge that required some equipment-less light rock climbing towards the end. The view included was great to see especially because you could see the tips of other popular hikes. Lots of beautiful wildflowers and other shrubbery.

The hike: The weather was at a high 60 degrees, low 70s with light clouds. The climb in the beginning is clean and inviting. It doesn’t take long to have a good view of western Phoenix. There are various opportunities for beautiful pictures with a vast backdrop. There are many rest stops through the hike. The last 20-30 minutes of the hike is the toughest. It may require some light rock climbing. It took about 85 minutes to get to the top with many breaks in between. Needless to say it was worth it. It’s a very popular hike so foot traffic is abundant but the people are pleasant.

The view: Just like many hikes the view gives a 360 degree view of the city. This view is especially worthwhile because you are above other peaks so the level of accomplishment you get reaching the top is all the better. Many places to hang out and relax and soak up the view or meditate. It is busy so don’t expect to ever be the only one up there.

Rocky trail, good hiking shoes a must. Beautiful views. Will definitely do this one again.

A new favorite of mine!

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike! Bit of up and down on trail...warm on sunny sides. Enjoyed the views. PS: phone stopped recording where service wasn’t available.

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.

Favorite hike in Phoenix so far. But I think I’d call it easy

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.

Easy hike , the view is not bad !

The trail was only one minute walk from the Airbnb . Easy trail , We went a couple times got to see both sunset and sunrise . It’s really beautiful here !

amazing hike done MLK weekend 2018. view at the end is beautiful

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 days ago

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

Short and easy for the experienced hiker, but diverse rock scrambles offer stimulation for everyone. A great ascent for being so close to town. Lots of traffic means plenty of friendly interactions, be patient and remember right of way rules! Early January hike meant cool temps, take that into consideration when I say it only requires .5 liters of water.

Trail offers great views and an amazing scenery. My girlfriend and I were able to do this hike quite easily and we are not regular hikers. Going to see and experience the inside of the Soldiers arch is well worth the entire hike. The 7 sacred pools are pretty cool too. Good hiking boots/shoes are recommended since there are a lot of rocks and mud that you can step on/in. Great hike and will definitely make this a yearly trip!!

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.

hiking
7 days ago

My favorite hike in Scottsdale!

Terrible parking, very busy trail and a lot of people don’t pay attention which makes some areas dangerous. I prefer echo.

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