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Piestewa (Squaw) Peak, Phoenix
Piestewa Peak is one of the great urban hiking destinations, surrounded by the sprawling Phoenix metropolitan area. You won’t find peaceful natural solitude here, but you will enjoy an invigorating hike to the top of the mountain, with great views of Phoenix and everything else nearby. The hike is 1.2 miles, one way, and gains about 1,200 feet (368 meters). Even though I arrived fairly early, the parking lot was already quite full. Fortunately, since the trail can take less than an hour for experienced locals who run the trail, people come and go quite frequently. I was lucky enough …