Piestewa (Squaw) Peak and Freedom Loop Trail

MODERATE 99 reviews
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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
1856 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. Parking lots close at 7pm, which isn't helpful for folk who want to watch enjoy a good sunset from the summit.

hiking
20 hours ago

Favorite hike close to home!

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hiking
7 days ago

Piestewa is like being on a stair climber for 30 minutes - spectacular views at the top then doing the loop is a great way to finish this hike. I would def do it again

7 days ago

Excellent natural stair master! Make sure you do the 302 loop!

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1 month ago

Heavily trafficked but great for sunset

trail running
2 months ago

Ran some of this trail. Good trail good elevation not to crazy.

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2 months ago

The North Mountain Tower Road Improvements will begin soon, and will require temporary trail closures of the North Mountain Tower Road. Keep informed by e-mailing the project tream at northmountainproject@gciaz.com or calling the 24 hour Project Hotline at (623)825-3444. Public meeting date to be announces soon.

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3 months ago

Loved this hike. Went early in the morning before a business meeting at 8AM. The trail had a fair amount of people on it, probably due to the great weather. This is a well maintained trail that has been improved with stepping stones for the 1000+ feet climb. People are respective of passing by and loved the older gentlemen (80+ years old) that were friendly and walking down with me. Hope I'm still crushing it like them at that age!! If you are in the area, I would recommend this hike. My suggestion is the morning or maybe to watch the sun set over the city. That would have been a great pic.