Ascent of Piestewa Peak on 2015-10-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Sunday, October 25, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Piestewa Peak
    Elevation:2606 ft / 794 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dropped Bill and Mary off at the airport and Karen and I had just enough time for a quick peakbag. We turned of Glendale road and found easily East Squaw Peak Dr. driving past the subdivisions where all the parking lots were located within Phonic Mountain Reserve. On Sunday at 10 AM everything was full so we finally squeezed a parking spot up on the middle right hand side where there was an upper deck parking quite a bit above the actual TH. We hiked over and down and across the road and hiked up the meandering perimeter trail that gives some additional gain as it works up and then down to the lower parking lot. Then we hiked among the sea of people on the pilgrimage to the top. NO dogs allowed but we did see some dogs in people carrying baskets. Some interesting scrambling rock off trail all along the route and when things we too crowed I was off trail.

There are several nub peaks along the way with nice views and a false peak or two for additional gain if you chose to explore some. The rock was far different than the red sandstone's of Sedona. Mostly sedimentary layered rock but with some nice recrystallized granitic minerals in places. Large Saguaro cactus everywhere. Great views of the city below. Would have ranked higher than a 5 for me if it were not for the sharing the trail with so many people!

On the way down we dropped below the lower parking area and then hiked back up to the car far higher up slope thus, adding additional gain and distance to the hike. Took about an hour to summit with Karen.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1446 ft / 440 m
    Total Elevation Loss:260 ft / 78 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Grade/Class:1 with some minor 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
86F beautiful
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1346 ft / 410 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1186 ft / 362 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Loss on way in:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:perimeter trail to summit trail
    Start Trailhead:Middle upper parking lot to lower parking  1420 ft / 432 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:summitt trail to road to upper parking

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