The Best Hike For Photos And A Breathtaking View In Arizona
The best hike for photos and a breathtaking view close to Phoenix, Arizona is Piestewa Peak. Piestewa Peak is a popular spot for locals so it can get a bit busy in the evening right before sunset. Although the trail is a double black diamond, you don’t have to do the entire hike as there are lookouts along the way. The trail is well-maintained and has several benches along the way for hikers to take a breather and enjoy the views. After hiking for approximately half a mile, the trail intersects with a circumference trail to the left (there are benches here and a great lookout); to continue to the summit, stay right at this junction. We didn’t go all the way to the top because we were both hungry, but next time;)
This is a perfect sunset hike, if you don’t mind descending the mountain at dusk. If you hike in the evening, be sure to arrive at the trailhead before sunset, when the gates to the parking lot close. Allow at least an hour to get to the top, and bring your camera for some breathtaking Arizonan sunset shots.
Distance: 2.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1180 ft
Duration: 1.5 hours
WHAT TO PACK
- Sun Glasses