With a height of 2,610 feet, Piestewa Peak ranks third in terms of elevation in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the second-highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, behind Camelback Mountain. It may be found next to the Piestewa Freeway in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve's Piestewa Peak Recreation Area.
its surroundings. Piestewa, which views the skylines of Phoenix and Scottsdale, is situated between North 24th Street and Tatum Boulevard and to the north of Lincoln Drive. Its base is encircled by some of the Valley's wealthiest neighborhoods.It may be found next to the Piestewa Freeway in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve's Piestewa Peak Recreation Area (Arizona State Highway 51). Piestewa Peak bears the name of US Army Spc. Lori Ann Piestewa was the first female soldier killed in action during the 2003 Iraq War and the first known Native American woman to die in combat while serving in the U.S. military.
Piestewa Peak is a relatively recent landform, having been created about 14 million years ago. It is made up mostly of much older rock called schist.Many hikers do not actually make it to the summit because the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail is more challenging than it appears, especially in the summer when temperatures are well over 100 °F (40 °C). The trail has an elevation gain of 1,208 feet (368 m) over 1.2 miles (1.9 km) and is frequently climbed by locals and tourists looking for a cardio-vascular workout, beautiful views, or a family outing. There is no water on the trek, and unprepared hikers frequently have major dehydration issues.
Only the trailhead and many ramadas uphill from the summit trail parking area along Squaw Peak Road have water. Pinnacle Peak, the McDowell Mountains, Four Peaks, the Superstition Mountains, Tabletop Mountain, the Sierra Estrella, Woolsey Peak, the White Tank Mountains, the Harquahala Mountains, the Papago Mountains, the Hieroglyphic Mountains, and the Bradshaw Mountains are among the mountains that can be seen from the summit in clear weather.
This 2.1-mile out-and-back trail is located close to Phoenix, Arizona. It takes an average of 1 hour, 49 minutes to accomplish this trip, which is generally thought of as difficult. Although this is a well-liked hiking trail, you can still find some peace and quiet during the slower periods of the day.
There are roughly fifteen miles of interconnecting trails in the Preserve, with difficulty levels ranging from easy to challenging. The Piestewa Peak summit trail and the remainder of the network of trails in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve are regulated in different ways.
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