• Activities:

    Photography, Yoga, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Autumn, Winter

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.8 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    900 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Scenic

Sun salutations at sunset, atop a mountain, and overlooking the vast city below? Count me in.

If you are an avid hiker and also love practicing yoga, then Piestewa Peak has a hidden gem awaiting you! There is a little-known helipad located just off the primary trail to Piestewa Peak's Summit (see photos above for more detailed information). If you are looking for a great place to practice yoga for yourself or with a small group (maximum 6-8), then be sure to do this! Sunrise or sunset are prime time in my opinion.

Of course, practicing yoga on a mountaintop helipad is not like practicing in a climate controlled and smooth-floored yoga studio. However, the trade-offs of sunrise/sunset, an epic view, gorgeous weather, the distant bustle of the city below, and a bit of a pre-yoga hiking workout ahead of yoga more than makes up for it in my opinion. 

The helipad is periodically used in the event of an emergency, but that is rare and it typically sits abandoned. If a helicopter happens to come, interrupt your tree pose and vacate the premises promptly! :)

For just a hike, check out Hike Piestewa Peak

Pack List

  • Water and typical items you might put in your day pack.
  • Beach towel and yoga mat (even though the helipad provides a flat surface, it is still a mountain; you will want both items, placing the beach towel below the yoga mat).
  • Yoga Instructor (or not, if you are a Yogi Master!)
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Jeremy Meek Storyteller

Construction and sustainability guru by day. Recreational photographer and blogger by night and weekend. I love exploring my home state of Arizona and pursuing adventure beyond its borders.

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