At last, Piestewa.

Great hike to finish the challenge! Came from Tucson and at parking lot at 5 45 am and it was pretty packed. I had intended…

Sunset on Piestewa

This hike is beautiful. It’s short but mighty as well. You get 360 views on most of the Arizona peaks which is amazing.

The Cowles of Phoenix

My fourth peak in two days. I knew this peak was going to crowded, much like Cowles Mtn in San Diego. I was right. The…

Piestewa – Phoenix Fave

I’ve done Piestewa multiple times,, so challenged myself by going the day after I did Picacho Peak. It’s a heavily trafficked trail that’s out and…


Great hike, but lots of people because of Spring Break!

Piestewa Peak

Beautiful 82 degree day without a cloud in the sky. Lots of people of varying ages. Great trail with lots of space to navigate around…

Piestewa Peak

Beautiful 82 degree day without a cloud in the sky! Lots of people of varying ages. Trail was in great shape with lots of room…

Picacho Peak

I love this hike. A little crowded but we started early and were able to avoid some of the crowds.

Piestewa Pitfalls

Piestewa is definitely a heart-pounding climb as proven by the number of trail runners hoofing it to the top!  It is a very rocky but…

Piestewa peak

It was a great hike, took us 2 hours and 17 minutes roundtrip. I twisted my ankles a few time but i made it. The…

Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300

The weather was excellent for most of the hike, only got hot towards the end of our descent. Not too crowded, was able to park…

Piestewa Peak

Beautiful day, amazing hike and view from the top.  I like this mountain much better than Camelback 🙂

The Turtle on Piestewa

I’m old and slow, but I still GO… The trail wasn’t too crowded, I went on  Tuesday afternoon, took my time and got up to…

Camelback Mountain (aka Torture!)

I had not hiked this mountain in years, and now I remember why!   I forgot how much you have to use both legs and arms…

Piestewa Peak

Was tougher than I remembered. Hadn’t hiked this in years. Hikes with my niece she scrambled right up. Oh to be young.

Piestewa peak

Great hike ! One of my favorite hike ! 😊

Piestewa – halfway done!

It was a beautiful day to climb the stairs…I mean Piestewa peak. Busy trail with lots of trail runners and people in general. It felt…

Number Uno

First one down. Was a beautiful Thursday. Lots of hikers, but not overly busy.

Piestewa Stroll

Well groomed trail; arrive early for less crowds. Parking is plentiful even with the construction. Pretty simple and short hike; views were awesome.

Summiting Piestewa

Second time completing this hike. We started our hike right before noon. Busy trail but not packed. Great 360 views at the peak. Amazing 70…


Knocked this one out quickly as ive done it a bunch. 45 up and 23 down. Great views as always!

Piestewa Peak

Nice weather, lots of people on the trail.

Piestewa peak

Went there on a weekday at 9am. Go early if you want less people and less crowds. Def a better experience not in the summer

Always better the 2nd time

Did this same hike last year and was intimidated by it but was able to relax & enjoy it this time, making it a lot…

Friday Pie Day!

Today’s hike up to Pie’s summit was a gorgeous 70 degree lunch hike. The mountain was packed with people the entire way spanning an age…

It was a pleasure Piestewa

Beautiful Arizona morning at 60 degrees. The trail is a swift up and same coming back down. Rocks can get a little jagged and some…

Early Morning Stair Climb!

Up the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300 and picked up Trail #302 on the return which goes around behind Piestewa Peak.  Would recommend for anyone…

Piestewa Peak

This was hike two of two for the day. A lot of elevation gain in the short distance to the top but it was a…


Steeper and rockier than expected, challenging but rewarding.

Back to Piestewa

There’s always a lot of traffic on this trail. Take a comfortable mask because it gets congested and the trail can be narrow.

People, people, everywhere!

This is the first time doing this hike since last years challange.  We have been doing alot of other, less traveled trails so once dreamy…

Dream’n of Pie

Tried starting from Dreamy Draw to get a little more mileage and it ended up being the perfect distance & incline. We started at sunrise…

Piestawa Peak

Second peak of the day. We huffed and puffed, but we made it! Great hike.

Piestewa Peak

Even on a weekday afternoon, this trail was packed with people. It’s a quick climb to the top with views of Camelback and the city.…

Piestwa Peak

Great challenging hike with a steady climb. Beautiful views at top of whole valley.  Beautiful sunset. Some scrambling.

Fun cable sections at Picacho Peak

This is such a fun hike. Challenging but the cable sections are so fun. Gorgeous payoff at the end. I‘ll definitely do this one again.


Arrived at the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail around 7:40am – it was about 48 degrees F and was able to snag a parking spot even…

Piestewa Ass Kicker

It rained all high and was raining when I arrived. Trail is slick but manageable!  Great hike as always and not crowded today.

Hike #1 of 6

The hike was awesome, but challenging(as its all uphill climb)! The weather was great as storms are moving in towards Phoenix, so there was a…


Great hike amazing views of the valley, cool weather and lots of people.


Great hike and nice cool weather, lots of people!

Piestewa Peak

Our second hike for the day after Camelback Mountain. Our plan was a sunset hike so we started around 1530. When we got to the…

Piestewa Peak

1/22/2021. Short hike but involved some rock scrambling. Well marked & in good condition trail. No shades. Glad it was a breezy afternoon otherwise the…

Piestewa Peak!

Morning hike with my friend visiting from the Midwest!

Piestewa Birthday Adventure

Trail conditions were very good. Many hikers out early in the morning and the weather was beautiful! A great start to this challenge and looking…

Birthday Hike

A great start to this adventure! The weather was beautiful and the sun had just started to rise. Many people on the trail but it…


The weather was beautiful. The sunrise was gorgeous. It was very crowded going down.

Pistewa Morning

A lot of people around, and very very few parking spots… it took us around 20 minutes to find a spot as there was a…

Piestewa Peak – Hike #1

I’ll be honest – I miss the winter edition with all of the colors and the trees, and the rich soil. Phoenix desert hiking doesn’t…

Piestewa peak

An enjoyable city trail with great views and steady incline although short it gets the job done great leg workout despite the crowds it’s still…

Fighting the crowd to the top!

What a beautiful day we had!!! Unfortunately many other people felt the same in the trail was very, very crowded! But we made it to…

Piestewa Peak

The hike is a good hike. Lots of stairs, both actual stairs and natural rock stairs to get to the top. Fairly steep. Parking at…

2 peak Monday

Beautiful hike, started up later in the morning to avoid crowds, still a lot of people!

Steps and more steps at Piestewa Peak

Piestewa Peak is like hiking on a steep stairmaster! It’s crowded but people are friendly.   The last bit to the top is steep but doable.…

Worth the view!

My daughter and I began at the 302 trailhead and hiked the summit which is a 1200 ft elevation gain.  We then took the freedom…

Peak #3 in the books

Was a beautiful day for a hike and the trail was somewhat crowded, at least initially.

Picacho peak

This trail was amazing! It was difficult for sure! Allow yourself plenty of time for single lines as you start to ascend to the peak.…

6 Peaks, here I come!

The trail was super busy at 8 am, but have never done this hike, so was not sure what time to get there. The weather…

Picacho Peak

By the last day, I was done. You can tell by the number of pictures I take.

Piestewa Peak

This was my victory hike. The last peak of our 6-peaks in five days adventure.

Phoenix Hike

Hiked alone, another beautiful day for this hike. The picture is not too good, but effective

Leg Day Hike!

Pretty short and strenuous workout. The views are worth it!

First of the winter

Our first peak of the Arizona Winter 6 pack. Nice hike, short, but steep.

The Stairway to Victory

No rest for the weary. We had only the car ride from Pichaco to rest for our last hike. We found parking right by the…

5000 stair climb

At this point of my second peak in AZ,  I’m very much missing my California mountains. This was a long stair climb with several switchbacks…

Sun Hike in January

Parking was a bit of a challenge, but that’s to be expected on a beautiful sunny weekend day. Trail was a bit crowded, but we’ve…

Never ending stairs

This was in the city so it less of a hike and  more of just climbing a zillion stone steps to the top. Not bad,…

Climbing and cables

Crowded hike that is more of a climb with a lot of up and some down before reaching the top.

Piestewa Peak

Early morning start at 7 am, did the freedom loop and piestewa peak summit. The trail was very well marked and only met a few…

Holy Steps!

Stair way to heaven… Holy steps & tourists. I had no idea what a tourist attraction this hike is. It is definitely one of the…

The Japanese Folk Drummer

As I read the comments on all trails, I knew I had to go do this hike as early as I could to avoid crowds.…

Piestewa Primer

We wanted to make the most of our drive to Phoenix, so we hiked both Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain the same day, starting with…

Booty Burner

Nice hike to get your day started. Definitely a burner on your glutes and calves but so worth it. Little brisk but a few minutes…

Great view of Phoenix

Beautiful morning hike with cool temperatures. arrived at sunrise and was able to find a parking spot without any problem. Normally crowded trail was not…

Pristine Piestewa

Nice to do this hike – haven’t done it for years because of all of the crowds.

Hike number 1

My first hike after a very mild case of covid and it hurt!

Easy as Pie?

Perfect weather for a hike. I hadn’t hiked this trail in at least 15 years and I used to hike it frequently. But this time…


Weather was warm! Wished I had a tank top on. Brought my daughter again – she liked this hike. Yay!

Exploring Piestewa

I wasted no time after finishing Camelback than by going directly over to Piestewa, just 15 minutes’ drive away.  Started at 9:00 AM.  My legs…


530am start allowed for seeing the stars and only a handful of people.


Beautiful early morning hike with my challenge buddies

Piestewa Fun

Good climb by headlamp, beautiful views of the city lights

Piestewa Peak

Been a few years since I hiked this area….changes have been made to the parking lot. Started at 6:35am … Lights for half of the…

Piestewa Party!

Enjoyed a wonderful hike after teaching a really long semester!  Good to get out in the fresh air and just breathe. 🏜🌵

Singing Santa

Christmas spirit on the trail this morning.

First stop, Piestewa

Busy trail as usual but parking wasn’t too difficult. Lots of hikers were spreading Christmas spirit in costumes and singing carols.

Rocky point

The weather was very nice! lots of poeple on the trails

Stairway to Heaven

First time doing this trail, but it won’t be my last. Short in distance but a fun workout. Beautiful views from the top. Weather was…

Piestewa Peak

This trail was packed for the summit and weekends are so busy on this trail. It is a rocky scramble up to the top with…

Piestewa Peak

This trail was packed for the summit and weekends are so busy on this trail. It is a rocky scramble up to the top with…

PR on Piestewa

As a Phoenix local, this is my absolute favorite trail in town. I’ve hiked this beautiful beast dozens of times in the last year but…

Piestewa Peak

It was a little bit chilly at first, but we quickly warmed up. Lots of stops for hubby on the way up, but we made…

First of six

Chilly start to the hike, but warmed up quick. Decent amount of people, but not too busy.

Stair Stepping peak

Up the summit trail this morning, it started chilly, but warmed up quick. If you like the stair master, you’ll love this hike. It’s a…

Piestewa Promise

Gorgeous Arizona weather and blue skies. Piestewa promises views of the entire Phoenix area.

Piestewa Peak

Crazy busy as the weather was perfect – low 70s at 11a.  Definitely a challenging hike!  But glad to say I’ve officially done it.  🙂

Piestewa Peak

Beautiful day with beautiful people, plus two really cute pikas.

Piestewa Peak

A wonderful id afternoon hike.  Arrived at 1 and had plenty of parking.  A nice climb and some relaxation at the top.   Took in the…

Our first peak #lastresmexicanas

We finished our first hike to the top of piestewa peak this morning. What a treat! The entire hike was amazing. We started at around…

Pew-Pew-Piestewa Peak

There were tiny green bugs only at the very very top.  No other bugs the rest of the hike, and they were minor, thus my…

In Honor of Dani! Make it Count :)

Our FINAL hike of the Arizona Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge 2021!! This hike was so unbelievable for many reasons! Final hike of challenge with my…

Piewesta Peak

Piewesta Peak is one of my favorite hikes. Challenging and beautiful.

Piestewa Perfect

It was a great day for our second in the challenge. Great hike and beautiful weather!

Piestewa Peak Summit Trail

Made it in time, even though parking was pretty busy, so hiked with my group. Good hike. Made it up and down sooner than I…

Hike 2, Peak 2

Busy, busy trail, otherwise a very good morning workout

Piestewa Peak

Beautiful weather, good hike.  Had some headphones on and got lost in Motivational Talks.


Perfect weather for a great hike.