Phoenix Mountains Preserve

Phoenix Mountains Preserve
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Surrounding the base of 2,608-foot Piestewa Peak, the Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area and Dreamy Draw Park are gateways into diverse desert that offers everything from fantastic views to secluded valleys. Thousands of hikers each year hike the popular -- and grueling -- trail to the summit of Piestewa Peak.

Piestewa Peak elevation is 2,608 feet. Total elevation gain for summit trail is 1,190 feet.

Flora in this area is typical of the lower Sonoran Desert and includes almost all varieties of Arizona cactus such as saguaro, barrel, hedgehog, pincushion, jumping cholla and prickly pear. Trees and colorful shrubbery include palo verde, mesquite, ironwood trees, creosote (dominate), ocotillo, brittle bush, desert lavender and giant sage shrubs.

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