Today, we're exploring the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, a 2,000-ft mountain range in the heart of Phoenix.
Hi, I'm Brice, the president of Vaucluse backpacking ventilation gear, and I will be taking you up Summit Trail 300. Did you know that there was a mountain range right in the heart of Phoenix? Well, I didn't! It was a great adventure, and you'll enjoy this hike.
I'm also going to be taking with me our Vaucluse ultra-light backpack ventilation frame because I'm going to be sharing how this frame helped this backpack (an Osprey 22 Talon). It’s a great backpack, and adding this frame to it provides a lot of ventilation, especially when hiking around Arizona.
Let's dive in.
Hiking Review - Piestewa Peak, Phoenix, Arizona
We're exploring the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and I'll share my screen so you can see pictures of my hike and the trail. The area encompasses one of the largest city parks you can find anywhere in the world - it is incredible - and today, we're going up to Trail Peak 300.
You can review my Strava app for all trail links (below) so you know exactly where I went and what I did. The hike length was 2.47 miles (both to get up and down), and the elevation gain was 1,152 ft. The entire trail is on the side of the mountain. So there are not many flat spots. Many locals also take the trail, so be ready for some crowds! I even saw a few people going up and down multiple times. Crazy, crazy, crazy at the top!
But you are rewarded with a panoramic view of Phoenix, Arizona. You'll notice that Phoenix is covered in green vegetation, so it's not your “typical” sand desert out here. There's a lot to see, a lot to do, and a lot of fun. The moving time was one hour and 40 minutes, and my total time up and down was two hours. I went with a friend, and we kept a steady pace of 40 minutes per mile. Not bad, given how uphill it was, and a lot of fun.
Now let's talk about the gear I took with me.