This mountain in Arizona is a very popular place for day hikers.
Piestewa Peak was originally named "Squaw Peak." Phoenix's first city engineer, Dr. Omar Asa Turney named the mountain "Squaw Peak" and recorded it in 1902-03. It appears on a General Land Office map. Squaw Peak was renamed in 2003 to Piestewa Peak to honor Lori Piestewa, who was the first Native American woman killed in US military combat during the Iraq War. Piestewa is pronounced "pie-ESS-tuh-wah."
Piestewa Peak is the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains at 2,610 feet. The highest point is Camelback Mountain. Piestewa Peak is located in the Piestewa Peak Recreation Area and is within the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.
Visitors enjoy the recreation area for picnics and other gatherings in the area since there are covered tables throughout. Walking and hiking the trails is very popular and the parking areas fill quickly most days. Depending on the visitor's fitness levels, the hike can range from easy to difficult. The Summit Trail is 2.1 miles long and is best used from October - March because of the Arizona heat. There are great views of the Sonoran Desert, and the trail has some resting areas along the way. At the summit, the views are amazing and include Camelback Mountain, the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, and the city of Phoenix. Many people enjoy hiking just before sunrise and sunset.