Squaw Peak


Squaw Peak is surrounded by freeways, neighborhoods and resorts in Phoenix, Arizona. The peak offers visitors with a great place to hike in the Piestewa Peak Recreation Area; this area was recently renamed from Squaw Peak, in memory of Lori Piestewa who was a soldier that gave her life in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

There are two attractions at the peak, the Summit Trail and the Circumference trail. Summit trail is 1.2 miles to the top, it rocky with a stair effect. There are stops along this trail, where hikers can stop and enjoy the views of the city. This trail provides a good workout event for avid hikers; it is rated as a moderate hike.

The Circumference Trail is 3.75 miles and gradually ascents to the top. This trail takes longer to complete due to the distance but children and dogs can hike this trail. Circumference trail is less crowded than Summit and the beginning of the trail is past Summit Trail Parking area then to the last Ramada.

The recreation park is a designated Phoenix Point of Pride and is located at 2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive, near 24th Street and Lincoln, and is open from 6am to 10pm daily.

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