Crazy Hike

Peak Summited2020 Piestewa Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadPiestewa Peak
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

We hit the trail at 0600 and there were already a lt of people there, we had to park in the third lot. As we headed up the trail it got busier. The crowd was pretty diverse with a lot of unprepared folks that had little to no water. I ended up handing out a back up bottle of water to one guy who was clearly heading into heat exhaustion (I always carry a couple of spare bottles in addition to my hydration pack). There were a lot of people with no understanding of trail safety to etiquette. There were a number of trail runners who gave no warning that there were passing and in one instance I almost knocked one guy off the trail when partner tried to warn me they were coming and I stopped to look and I stepped into their path.

In short, I would highly recommend doing this on a weekday and avoid the traffic.

Outside of the crowds it is a fun hike with great views.

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