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Great length and level of difficulty for four kids 5-11

nice scenery..alot of soft rock and loose rocks hiking up small mountains..another thats more for biking. buta nice day outing for sure..very easy a walk in the park

I was on 100 for a short time yesterday, starting on 8 and then swinging over to a parallel trail and then on to 100. I have been meaning to go back to 2 Bit Peak, which I found once from 100 and another time from Piestewa Peak Park, though I didn't find that yesterday. I just meandered for a time on 100 and then jumped on 1A and headed back to parking. 100 is essentially a long, flat trail, with plenty of connectors for more challenging hiking. It's pretty anyway, and does provide a long walk through the desert. One time I drove to Tatum Drive, parked at Tomahawk Trail, and then hiked to Piestewa Peak Park and back. A good 6 miles one way. I am determined to find 2 Bit Peak again, so will spend more time on 100.

Did Mojave today. Wonder about the spelling of the name. The sign on the street reads Mojave but the signs on the trail read Mohave. Oh well, Mojave is Mohave is Mojave, I guess. The trail might be said to proceed along two wings, one to the north and one to the south. The northbound wing is easy and nearly effortless, with just a little elevation gain, but the southbound wing is much trickier, or even downright tricky. That trail quickly narrows, until eventually it is completely blocked. To the left is a field of smaller flat rocks offering plenty of room for rattlesnakes to lay in wait, and to the right is a boulder and other larger rocks blocking the trail, also offering room for snakes. You can climb over if you are willing, but the trail past that point becomes so narrow as to require use of handholds. If you make it that far you probably won't be going back and you are greeted by a final scramble over rocks to reach the true top. Today, after I came down, there was a very attractive girl with a dog who started up the same way. I thought to ask her if she had ever been up that way before but didn't want her to get the wrong impression so just let her go. Mojave is a short hike, but challenging if one tackles the southbound wing. Fun stuff.

11 days ago

I started my day searching for the 100 so that I could find 2 Bit Peak. I knew the 1A joined the 100, but wound up on a stretch of the 1A I did not recognize. Feeling a bit lost, I finally did come to the 100, but by then I was wiped out and ready to go home! Once I had found the 100, I couldn't lose it and also didn't find the 1A again right off. I knew I was close to familiar trails even though I didn't recognize anything and continued on to an unmarked trail which eventually reached the 8, and I knew my way again. I continued on the 8 until I reached the 8B, and then turned and headed back to the park. At the top of the 8B I saw someone coming down the side of a mountain on a trail I had never noticed before. A cute girl headed up the same trail right in front of me, but I did not follow. I just headed down the 8B and back to parking close by. I tripped on the 8B and nearly tumbled head first off the trail, but I caught myself. Needless to say, Piestewa Peak Park offers some adventurous hiking even though it's in the heart of the city. Plenty of Cactus flowers out today.

Nice hike- Good ups and down.Started with the summit trail and decided to break for the freedom one, loved it being a peaceful hike.

18 days ago

Really not a great hike. Impossible to follow trail. Deceptive to call it easy - many would struggle with the footing not to mention the lack of signposts make you wonder if you are completely off track.

20 days ago

I did this one this morning. Started around 5:10AM. Took me a little over 2 hours, went counter-clockwise. What a beautiful trail. Very interesting and moderately challenging. Highly recommend. I don't care for the "down" on the Summit Trail, but I highly recommend this fantastic hike.

26 days ago

Easy casual hike on fairly flat landscape.

28 days ago

It was a fine hike... marked well.

Very private trail which was nice. Plenty of trails to choose from to shorten or lengthen your walk. One hill to climb on the trail we did.

I hiked counterclockwise so I would be on the sunny side earlier in the day. Fun desert trail around the peak with great scenery but in town too. Tough climbs. I would estimate 25% level or close to level hiking, and 75% up and downs. Not so crowded early, but extremely crowded later and going to the peak. Mostly hikers, a few runners, no bikers.

Parking is limited and in a neighborhood. Trail was very hard to find at first. Not marked at all and lots of trails intermix. Once I got started it was a great hike! Uphill climb with great views!

Uphill hike as you would imagine! Short and sweet! Great views! Dog friendly! Nice park in front of mountain with walking path as well!

Fun hike. Enough elevation to be challenging. You won't be lonely...lots of hikers and dogs. Did the 3.5 miles in under 2 hours.

Really good workout up Piestewa and added miles with the Freedom lop.
First time there so at first didn’t realize how many parking lots are available if you just keep on driving.

Love this trail. Way more challenging out than back.

Quick hike in town! 35-40 minuets up 30 down. Bathrooms and easy parking. Few lizards spotted and well fed squirrels. Strenuous enough to qualify as a cardio workout.

Great for a quiet walk! As others have noted, sections are poorly marked and so it can be a little confusing. But I enjoyed it very much, good walk with quiet spots to meditate.

There’s no fee to access the park. The trails are marked exceptionally well. There’s bathrooms and good parking. This was a moderate hike for me. There was uphill and downhill in addition to flat. There was a large amount of loose rock so footing can be tricky. I took my small dog and he did well but by the end did not like the loose slate type rock. Recommend for anyone wanting a little bit of a challenge or for those active and fit, it’ll be a nice walk. I went on a weekday morning. The trail was moderately busy. I’ll definitely go back.

Decent trail for shorter outings. Has some options up to various peaks for some good views.

My husband and I enjoyed another amazing hike today.

Great option for beginners. Scenic with signs pointing out different types of cacti. We learned it’s wise to have tweezers on hand. I somehow stepped on a piece of jumping cholla, which went straight through the bottom of my Nike shoe. No harm done, but I felt it— and had to pluck the needles one by one before we could continue on. (My first cholla experience since moving here 13 years ago!)

This is a nice hike with very few people on it early in the morning, which is something I look for in a trail.

This is a rocky uphill climb to the top with plenty of flowers, cacti and even some neat looking rocks to see along the way. Kind of dangerous for trail running in my opinion as the footing is really loose in some areas.

Took my 11 and 12 year old kids and they were able to hang, although we did take a few breaks as the steep climb can get that heart beat moving.

The loop trail and the summit hike are both quite demanding, but each will reward with wonderful high vantage point views. I found both to be gratifying hikes, and appreciated the physical challenge of the surprisingly steep inclines that both trails offer. There is no shade whatsoever, so bring appropriate clothing and lots of water. This is a very memorable, but fairly difficult trail.

Moderate level trail. Nice hike. Few parking spots so arrive early.

great hike with a view from the top. worth climbing the extra trails for the top point view

Love this trail. 302-304-1A. That's the way! Follow the 1A off of the 304 either going directly west up the side of the mountain, or around back of the mountain, where 1A meets VOAZ and Irregular Link. VOAZ and Irregular Link form a short loop between wings of the 1A as it travels along the mountain directly next to and north of the Summit mountain. Beware! 1A travels through Piestewa Peak park and winds up out on the street near 20th Street, just west of the park. I wound up going that way by mistake one day to trail end and did 7 1/2 miles on 1A before traipsing back to the park to the car. Love the trail anyway. May have done just 4 miles on it today.

2 months ago

I started out today on my way from Piestewa Peak Park to Tatum Drive along the L.V. Yates (8), but not having done that in quite a while, I was a little bit unsure of how to go, so when I came to the Ruth Hamilton (8B), I turned off and headed back to the park. I had not even gone quite as far as I thought, but gave up and turned back. That's kind of the tail end of the 8B anyway, and involves a bit of a climb up to the peak. From there it travels down to the park, along a narrow trail with tricky footing. The 8B is quite a fun trail.

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