Piestewa (Squaw) Peak and Freedom Loop Trail

MODERATE 197 reviews
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Piestewa (Squaw) Peak and Freedom Loop Trail is a 4.4 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
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1702 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.

hiking
1 day ago

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.

10 days ago

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.

10 days ago

Love this trail. Way more challenging out than back.

16 days ago

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.

hiking
28 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, few people on the loop though the trail to the summit is crowded. Parking is difficult on weekends.

2 months ago

moderate? it is just as bad as the "hard" summit trail. this trail has a lot of steep rocky area with a lot of slick rocks. so many switchbacks.

2 months ago

Amazing

hiking
3 months ago

Some friends of mine convinced my to do this hike with them and being the good friend I am I agreed... Moderate is probably right for the loop around Piestewa but it is definitely hard on the way up. It’s pretty steep and tiring on the legs. I workout 5 days a week and was pretty tired getting close to the top. Great experience with great company! I would do it again :)

3 months ago

Up...and up...and up you go! Great trail but not a lot of shade and very warm in the sun.

hiking
3 months ago

Really fun trail!!

4 months ago

Good for Hiking!!

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

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

6 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.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views.

One of good hiking spots in Phoenix. High elevation. Currently road work is in progress, so there is little trouble in parking, otherwise there are two parking areas available. total distance 1.03 miles it takes approx 35 mins for an average hiker to reach the top and 25 mins to come back to starting point. Best spot to view sun rise...

hiking
7 months ago

Very trail indeed
I saw a Kit Fox Saturday when hiking it
It was awesome

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

I give credit to Squaw Peak for my new interest in hiking! I'm in great health but could be in better physical condition but I still managed the hike just fine! It was challenging, beautiful and the views at the top were spectacular! I went VERY EARLY in the morning, made sure I was well hydrated and went at my pace. There were a lot of folks who obviously go regularly for a workout!. August 17, 2017

hiking
8 months ago

Favorite hike close to home!

hiking
8 months 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

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Heavily trafficked but great for sunset

trail running
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

hiking
11 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.

11 months ago

Great Views when you get to the top, don't bring your pup..even if on a leash. Some people are avid hikers on this trail and will kick you off (witnessed some poor girl having to head back down)! No shade so bring water if hiking during the day! I suggest catching sunset :)

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