Best Phoenix Hikes


$20 for REI Members

$30 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 3 Moderate
  • Skill level 2 Intermediate
  • Minimum age 12
  • Group size 15 people

The Phoenix area, known as the Valley of the Sun, is a special region full of hidden desert treasures, breathtaking vistas, and iconic sunsets and saguaros. Join REI Outdoor School as we explore some of our favorite hiking destinations within this beautiful desert landscape. Each month we will visit one of our favorite hiking locales and offer an opportunity for you to join us. Hike locations will be specified in the information provided for the specific day - click on the sessions below to determine the location of upcoming hikes.

  • Find new trails
  • Meet fellow hikers

What to bring with you


CLICK THE "i" NEXT TO FITNESS LEVEL TO DETERMINE IF THIS HIKE IS RIGHT FOR YOU. Join REI to hike Piestewa Peak, working up a sweat and enjoying the reward of fine views from the summit. This challenging hike covers approximately 1,200 feet of elevation gain in 1.2 miles one-way, is composed primarily of large steps, and features exposure that may make some hikers uncomfortable. Not recommended for newer hikers unless your fitness level is very good.

Map image of Piestewa Peak Trailhead - Phoenix Mountains Preserve

More directions and information

CLOSED TOED SHOES REQUIRED. From E Glendale Ave and AZ 51, take Exit 5 and travel east on E Lincoln Dr for 0.3 miles. Turn left on E Squaw Peak Dr and proceed 1.4 miles to Piestewa Peak Trailhead. Call 520.477.7344 with any questions day of course.