Piestewa Peak

Piestewa Peak

The 2.4 mile round trip hike on this steep, heavily used trail has an elevation gain of 1,190 feet or about 100 feet every tenth of a mile.  It is a short but strenuous hike over schist, a distinctive gray and black rock to a cliffed summit pyramid with a spectacular 360 degree view of Phoenix and the surrounding mountains.  The trek to the 2,280 foot North Summit was followed by carefully descending using a walking stick.  This trail, originally named Squaw Peak Summit Trail, was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1974.  Recently it was renamed to honor U.S. Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa, recognized as the first female American Indian soldier to die in combat.  A Hopi and mother of two children, she died March 23, 2003 in an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq.  A memorable hike.

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