Piestewa Peak / Dreamy Draw Trails

 

 

Parks and Recreation Services Update41Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClassAAF05150334C447D8616046CD40FBFA4"><p>The City of Phoenix is following CDC guidelines. Effective August 2, 2021, a mask or face covering will be required when inside a city facility, regardless of vaccination status.​​​​<br></p><p>The city's indoor and out​door recreation facilities are open​​. That includes all community and recreation centers, parks, trails, sports complexes, golf courses and <a href="/pgm">Pueblo Grande Museum</a>. Indoor facilities are operating at limited capacity. <span style="color:#efefef;">#allpks ​​​</span><br></p><p><span style="color:#efefef;"><a href="/parks/pools">Select city pools and all splash pads are open.</a><br></span></p><p>FREE <a href="/parks/classes-and-programs">PHXPlays Sports Clinics​</a> for youth ages 4 to 17 will be offered during the month of August. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#Com<span style="color:#efefef;">munity​Cen</span>ters</span>​<br></p><p><a href="/parks/pac">Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC)​</a> returns for the 2021-22 school year and <a href="/parks/pac">registration</a> is open. <br></p><p>Community members also are encouraged to stay active by participating in FREE <a href="/parks/fitphx">FitPHX​</a> virtual workout​s. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">#Homepage</span><span style="color:#f2f2f2;">​<span style="font-stretch:normal;line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#444444;">​​​​​</span></span>​</p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068">Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services </a><br></p></div>3/13/2020 7:00:00 AM12/1/2021 7:00:00 AM

 

 

"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message3"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-weight:700;box-sizing:border-box;color:#ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Effective July 16 to September 30, 2021:</span> Use of trails on Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak will be restricted when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Watch or Warning. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1987">(Learn more about this pilot program.)</a>​​</span><span style="font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif;font-size:19px;font-weight:700;background-color:#ffffff;color:#ff0000;"> </span><br></p><p>City of Phoenix Park Rangers educate trail users to follow important <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Take%20a%20Hike%20-%20Do%20it%20Right.pdf" target="_blank">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> safety guidelines.​ Regardless of the weather or time of year, always hydrate before, during and after a hike.​ </p><p>During Arizona's warm weather months, Phoenix Park Rangers and the Phoenix Fire Department recommend hiking during the early morning or evening hours when it is cooler and there is more shade.<br></p><p>Trail users are encouraged to take advantage of extended summer hours at <a href="/parks/trails/locations/north-mountain">North Mountain Park</a> and <a href="/parks/trails/locations/piestewa-peak">Piestewa Peak Trailhead</a> in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and <a href="/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain">Pima Canyon Trailhead​</a> in South Mountain Park/Preserve. Parking lot entrances are open until 9 p.m. at those locations from June 1 to September 30, 2021.</p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1929">Read more about extended summer hours at city trailheads​</a>.​<br></p><p>Monitor the <a href="https://weather.com/weather/today/l/USAZ0166:1:US" target="_blank">local forecast</a> and understand that all<a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Trail%20Rating%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"> trail difficulty ratings</a> are raised one level when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#hikeright​</span></p><p>Dogs are prohibited on all City of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. </p><p><a href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months</a>.</p><p>​The <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1858" target="_blank">annual ban of open fires in Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves​</a> went into effect May 1, 2021.​</p></div>4/18/2020 7:00:00 AM1/1/2022 7:00:00 AM

 

 

Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project / Drought Pipeline Project16Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project / Drought Pipeline Project<div class="ExternalClass8A47C923E9694CF6A8F0ADCB0BAA0CFE"><p> <strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PIESTEWA PEAK TRAILHEAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT</strong><br></p><p>Renovation of the trailhead's Apache area is underway. Completion of work in this area (renamed as the Ocotillo Ramada Area) is scheduled for fall 2021. ​</p><p>Due to the construction, access to the Circumference/Freedom Trail (#302) and Nature Trail (#304) is impacted and hikers will need to access both trails from the Summit Trailhead connection or the newly completed Saguaro Ramada Area (formerly named Hopi). There is no access to the Ruth Hamilton Trail (8B​) via the Mohave Trail (#200) to complete the loop to the 32nd St. Trailhead. Additionally, hikers wanting to take the loop into the Phoenix Mountains Preserve from the 32nd St./Lincoln Dr. access point will be unable to complete that loop through the Ocotillo area​.<br></p><p>As these renovations progress, parking, traffic and trailhead restrictions will be in place. Renovation of the trailhead's Cholla Ramada Area (formerly named Mohave area) was completed in summer 2020. Renovation of the Saguaro Ramada Area (formerly named Hopi) was completed in spring 2021. <br></p><p>In October 2019, the community celebrated the grand opening of new and upgraded amenities in the trailhead's Brittlebush (formerly an unnamed parking area) and Mesquite sections (formerly the Summit and Navajo areas). Improvements include reconfigured and expanded parking areas, a new 104-foot-long vehicle/pedestrian bridge, restrooms, ramadas, ranger station and 60-foot-tall entry monument. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/736">Learn more about the new amenities</a>. ​<br></p><p>All trails remain open during this multi-year infrastructure improvement plan for the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, which started in summer 2017. The project is funded by the voter-approved Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI).</p><p> <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Access_Adaptive_Management_Plan.pdf" target="_blank">View the complete Phoenix Mountains Preserve Access and Adaptive Management Plan</a> </p><p>For more information, contact 602-495-5458 or <a href="mailto:natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov">natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov</a>. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#PiestewaPeak</span>​<br></p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> <strong>DREAMY DRAW PARK DROUGHT PIPELINE PROJECT</strong></span><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"> <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Dream_Draw_Park_Closure.jpg" target="_blank"> <img src="/parkssite/MediaAssets/PKS_NRD/Dream_Draw_Park_Closure.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:329px;height:170px;vertical-align:baseline;" /></a> <br> </p><p>​Work on the City of Phoenix Drought Pipeline Project is currently impacting the Equestrian/Perl Charles Memorial Trail (#1A), and that trail is being re-routed around the construction site via the 22nd St. access. The Myrtle Tunnel is open, but will be closed for brief temporary periods of time throughout the project. The Pleasant Tunnel and Dreamy Draw Park hard surface path/bike route will be closed during the duration of the project. The Charles Christianson Trail (#100) will remain open, as will preserve trails east of the bike path. Trails can be accessed at the 40th St. Trailhead. The park roadway into Dreamy Draw Park at Northern Ave. will be closed to all public vehicle travel. ​<br></p><p>Concurrent to the pipeline project, a renovation of Dreamy Draw Park will be completed to include new parking lots, ramadas and restrooms. The bike lane will be redesigned to include a natural surface walking path option. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in fall 2022.​<br></p><p>The Drought Pipeline​ Project will ensure all residents have access to safe, reliable, clean drinking water during future times of shortage on the Colorado River.​ As part of this project, the city will update and replace existing infrastructure and install new infrastructure needed to serve all customers in the city's service territory. ​ <a href="/waterservices/droughtpipeline">Learn more about the Drought Pipeline Project​</a>.<br></p><p>For more information, call the Project Hotline at 602-235-2666 or e-mail <a href="mailto:waterworks@phoenix.gov">waterworks@phoenix.gov</a>.<br></p></div>9/10/2018 7:00:00 AM12/1/2022 7:00:00 AM

 

​Trail Descript​ions

 

Mesquite Trailhead (​302 Trailhead)

2701​ E. S​quaw Peak Dr.
Trailhead Hours - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Piestewa Peak Freedom Trail -Difficult

Difficulty: Difficult

Access: Start at the 302 Trailhead. Proceed to Piestewa Peak Freedom Trail.

Description: The Freedom Trail is an awesome circumference trail that skirts the base of Piestewa Peak. The trail is moderately difficult and has multiple rocky sections. Trail users may encounter a variety of the native wildlife and an occasional coyote is observed on the trail. The southwestern portion of this loop is shared with the Piestewa Summit Trail. This trail provides spectacular views of the Phoenix metropolitan area. This loop around the entire mountain peak offers great views of Piestewa Peak and other secluded areas near the trailhead. A restroom and drinking fountain are located near the trailhead.

Distance: 3.7 miles

Elevation Change:720 feet


Piestewa Peak Summit Trail -Moderate/Difficult

Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Access: Start at the 302 Trailhead. Proceed to Piestewa Peak Freedom Trail to connect to Piestewa Peak Summit Trail.

Description: The infamous Piestewa Peak Summit Trail is an out and back trail that rewards successful hikers with a three-hundred-sixty-degree view of the Phoenix metropolitan area. While short in length, a little over one mile, the trail is steep, jagged, and consists of multiple switchbacks and modified steps with integrated sections of gravel and rock. This summit trail has been a Phoenix favorite for several decades and is internationally recognized among hiking communities. Water, parking, and restrooms are available at the base of the trail.

Distance: 1.2 miles

Elevation Change: 1,200 feet




 

304 Trailhead

7200 N. Squaw Peak Dr.
Trailhead Hours - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Piestewa Peak Nature Trail -Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

Access: Start at the 304 Trailhead. Proceed to Piestewa Peak Nature Trail.

Description: The Piestewa Nature Trail is a magnificent loop trail that allows hikers the opportunity to escape the urban environment for a true Sonoran Desert experience. The trail is moderately difficult and somewhat rocky. Most of the trail skirts a large, deep, wash that provides a home to an assortment of wildlife. Trail users will observe a wide variety of native Sonoran trees and other plant life on this trail. The Piestewa Nature Trail often provides spectacular springtime wildflower viewing. A restroom and drinking fountain are located near the trailhead.

Distance: 1.4 mi

Elevation Change: 180 ft.


 

Ruth Hamilton Trail -Moderate/Difficult

Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Access:Start at the 304 Trailhead. Proceed to the right on Piestewa Peak Naure Trail. Take another right to proceed to Ruth Hamilton Trail.

Description: The Ruth Hamilton Trail is a short trail that intersects the Quartz Ridge Trail and has a very nice observation bench at the intersection. The western section of this trail offers a number of switchbacks and is moderately rocky. Once the hiker reaches the peak, the trail descends and levels out. Although short, it is moderately popular and offers tremendous views of the downtown corridor and the northern Sonoran mountains. Wildflowers are abundant during the spring.

Distance: 0.9 miles

Elevation Change: 430 feet



VOAZ Trail

Access: Start at the 304 Trailhead. Proceed to Piestewa Nature Trail to connect to Perl Charles Memorial Trail. From there, continue to VOAZ Trail.

Description: The VOAZ Trail Starts from Piestewa Peak and offers the shortest path to connect to Dreamy Draw Recreation Area.

Distance: 0.5 miles




 

32nd St. Trailhead

6511 E. Sierra Vista Dr.
Trailhead Hours - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Mojave Trail -Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

Access: Start from 32nd St. Trailhead to connect to to Quartz Ridge Trail. From Quartz Ridge Trail, turn left to proceed to Mojave Connector Trail. From the Connector, proceed to Mojave Trail.

The Mojave Trail is a very popular short out and back trail that climbs a small hill above the Mojave Ramada. The trail is somewhat rocky but is well defined. The Mojave Trail offers wonderful views of the downtown corridor and hikers may observe snakes, rabbits, and a variety of other wildlife. Springtime wildflowers offer a colorful desert experience.

Distance: 0.4 miles

Elevation Change: 308 feet



Mojave Connector Trail -Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

Access: Start from 32nd St. Trailhead to connect to to Quartz Ridge Trail. From Quartz Ridge Trail, turn left to proceed to Mojave Connector Trail.

Description: The Mojave Connector Trail, 202, is a very popular short trail that joins the Mojave Trail, 200, and the Quartz Ridge Trail. This is an out and back trail that allows hikers the opportunity to hike along a wonderful Sonoran Desert trail while providing spectacular downtown scenery. Small wildlife and snakes are occasionally observed on this trail. Trail users will also observe a wide variety of native plants. This is a popular and beautiful trail to hike during the spring wildflower season.

Distance: 1.5 miles

Elevation Change:200 feet



Piestewa Peak Quartz Ridge Trail -Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

Access: Start from 32nd St. Trailhead. Proceed to Piestewa Peak Quartz Ridge Trail.

Description: The Quartz Ridge Trail is a breathtaking out and back trail that crosses rocky Quartz Ridge and ends at the intersection of the L.V. Yates Trail. This trail starts with an easy hike between two small hills but quickly climbs to top of Quartz Ridge. At the top of Quartz Ridge this trail intersects with the Ruth Hamilton Trail. The trail then descends through the beautiful Sonoran Desert to meet with the L.V. Yates Trail. This trail becomes very popular during the spring wildflower season. This trail offers great views of downtown Phoenix and nearby Camelback Mountain. NO restrooms or drinking fountains at the trailhead.

Distance: 1.7 miles

Elevation Change: 500 feet




 

40th St. Trailhead

9200 N. 40th St.
Trailhead Hours - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


L.V. Yates Trail -Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

Access: Start at the 40th St. Trailhead. Proceed L.V. Yates Trail.

Description: The L.V. Yates Trail, #8, is a very popular out and back trail that offers amazing views of the north valley and the downtown business corridor. Hikers have the option of incorporating an extended loop at the terminal end of the L.V. Yates Trail. This trail begins at the 40th St. Trailhead and immediately turns south toward several mountains. The L.V. Yates follows an old road and within a half mile the trail intersects with the Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail, #100. Once past Trail 100, trail users continue in a southerly direction and soon begin the climb upward between two small knolls. The trail then dips slightly and turns to the west before climbing again. Near the bottom of the dip trail users will encounter the Quarts Ridge Trail, #8A. Hikers desiring a loop may either turn left on the Quartz Ridge Trail or continue westerly on the L.V. Yates Trail. If trail users turn left on the Quartz Ridge Trail they will hike southerly to the Ruth Hamilton Trail, #8B, and turn westerly to the Nature Trail, #304, then hike north along the Nature Trail to the L.V. Yates Trail. If at the junction of the Quartz Ridge Trail, hikers continue west along the L.V. Yates Trail the loop will be opposite. Trail users may encounter wildlife and will observe a variety of Sonoran Desert plant life. Water, restrooms, and a shade ramada are available at the trailhead.

Distance: 2.5 miles

Elevation Change: 220 feet




 

Dreamy Draw Recreation Area

2421 E. Northern Ave.
Trailhead Hours - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Dreamy Draw Nature Trail -Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

Access: Start at the 302 Trailhead. Proceed to Piestewa Peak Freedom Trail to connect to Piestewa Peak Summit Trail.

Description: The Dreamy Draw Nature Trail is a short multi-access loop trail that provides a true Sonoran Desert experience. The trail crosses a number of desert washes and, at times, becomes somewhat rocky. Trail users will observe a wide variety of native Sonoran trees and other plant life and may encounter a glance at the resident wildlife. Coyotes and rabbits are commonly observed on this trail. The springtime wildflowers may offer beautiful photo opportunities. This loop trail is part offers great views of Piestewa Peak and other secluded areas near the trailhead. A restroom and drinking fountain are located near the trailhead.

Distance: 1.5 miles

Elevation Change: 180 feet




 

Myrtle Tunnel Trailhead

1823 E. Myrtle Ave.
Trailhead Hours - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Perl Charles Memorial Trail (1A) -Moderate/Difficult

Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Access: Start at the Myrtle Tunnel Trailhead. Proceed to Perl Charles Memorial Trail.

Description: The Perl Charles Memorial Trail is a dir​t/rock trail that forms a loop along the northern base of Piestewa Peak. This trail climbs partially up the northern slope of Piestewa Peak and users are rewarded with amazing views of the northern Sonoran mountain ranges. This trail is particularly spectacular during the spring flower season. Trail users may encounter a variety of wildlife and desert plants. Some sections of this trail are very rocky and users should use caution.

Distance: 5.9 miles

Elevation Change: 86 feet

 

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