Piestewa (Squaw) Peak and Freedom Loop Trail

MODERATE 135 reviews
#5 of 16 trails in

Piestewa (Squaw) Peak and Freedom Loop Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily 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.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1692 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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 - this is a very 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, especially when you extend your adventure along the much less travelled Circumference Trail which traces a flanking route around the mountain. Parking is a challenge, as is understanding the parking restrictions that prevail. Please note the entrance to the parking lot closes at 7pm. The Park does not close until 11pm.

22 hours ago

I love to run piestewa “squaw peak” trail to the summit seal and meditate.

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2 months ago

Great hike, no shade anywhere though so lots of water necessary!

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2 months ago

#302 is much more difficult than Pinnacle Peak but it's rated the same, moderate. I loved it but I just think it's not quite appropriately rated. NO SHADE on this trail either.