Hike Phoenix Mountain Preserve's Freedom Trail

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The Freedom Trail, also referred to as the Piestewa Peak Circumference Trail, is a great trail that gives you views of the entire Phoenix Metro area. Bonus points for you if you tackle this around sunset - this urban park is technically open into the evening and provides an epic vantage point.

As the third longest trail in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the Freedom Trail provides a great option for those looking for a longer hike, which can also be made even a bit longer by bolting on the Piestewa Summit hike along the way (adds 1.2 miles additional and a view from the top!). Many looking to train for a longer hike use the Freedom Trail in tandem with some others in the area to train for longer hikes in the Grand Canyon or elsewhere on the globe (helps keep your mind engaged, rather than going back and forth over one shorter trail!).

Most will access this trail from the Piestewa Peak Summit Trailhead, though there are a number of alternate access points, including from the 40th Street Trailhead, for those who really want to tack on some mileage (10.1 miles all-in if you combine a 40th Street Trailhead start with the Freedom Trail loop). More info on accessing the 40th Street Trailhead alternate here.  

Pack List

  • Camelback or similar hydration system. I like using this one.
  • Good hiking boots or trail running shoes (I like trail running shoes!)
  • If you are going at sunrise or sunset, you can catch some epic views; bring your camera! Some recommendations on cameras and gear here.
  • Hiking hat! They look dorky, but especially with the intense Arizona sun it is better to be covered up. Some recommendations here.
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RT Distance 3.7 Miles
Elevation Gain 1213 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Autumn, Winter
Trail Type Loop
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