City of Phoenix

Piestewa Peak Trailhead

VR Works Closely with Phoenix to Improve Popular Trailhead in Phoenix Mountain Preserve.


Piestewa Peak Trailhead is the reconstruction and improvement of the principal access to the popular hiking area located within the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The project included the reconstruction of the Summit and Navajo Trailheads. New facilities include upgraded ramadas, new restroom building, and new ranger station. Durable and natural materials were incorporated to reflect the beauty of the preserve and to withstand the wear of heavy use. The spectacular views and natural surroundings were carefully preserved and enhanced. The two trailheads were connected by a 100’-span vehicular and pedestrian bridge for improved traffic circulation to the Summit Trail as well as efficient emergency access for trail rescue operations. The Summit Trail is nationally known and heavily used by hikers testing their mettle against the steep grades of the Piestewa Peak.


Project Details

45% Self-Performed
May 2019 | Ph. 1 – 4.5 Acres

Key Elements

Native Plant Salvage | Vehicular Bridge
Vertical Structures | Drainage 
Gabion Retaining Walls | Site Lighting


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Arizona State University; Former City of Phoenix City Engineer

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