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TO TRAILHEAD: Exit 51 at Glendale Ave/Lincoln head East, Turn Left on Squaw Peak Dr (there should be plenty of signs to follow) Inside the Phoenix Mountain Reserve lie a number of popular Phoenix hikes. Piestewa Peak, formerly known as Squaw Peak, is one of the most popular. It is a 1.2 mile hike, with a vertical change of well over 1000 ft. The trail is very well maintained, so well so that some actually claim that it is no more than an over glorified stair master, but IÛªll take this peaceful escape over the gym any day of the week. YouÛªll find a variety of people, ranging from outdoors enthusiasts to couch potatoes. ItÛªs not for the weak of heart, but I do think that most people can make it when pushed, even if they are a bit out of shape. On this particular hike, I came across a guy near the top, he looked like he was in rough shape, but he told me ÛÏI may be fat, but IÛªm no quitterÛ and sure enough, I saw him at the top soon there after. An avid hiker in training may go up and down a few times before they are done, but for most, this is simply a peaceful way to escape the city, while remaining very much in the heart of the city.