Piestewa (Squaw) Peak and Freedom Loop Trail

MODERATE 109 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.

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2 days ago

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

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25 days 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

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1 month ago

Favorite hike close to home!

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1 month 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

1 month ago

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

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