Some of the best sunset hikes are right here in the Valley. One of the best ways to watch the spectacular painted desert display is to go on a Phoenix sunset hike

The Phoenix Mountains Preserve offers plenty of spectacular viewing places for watching sunsets. If you're looking for a trail that offers unparallel views, you and your friends can hike the Summit Trail up to the park's second-highest point, Piestewa Peak. 

It's rated a difficult hike due to the 1,200-foot elevation change and rocky, uphill climb, according to the City of Phoenix. The trail is approximately 2.2-miles roundtrip and it's available between 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. 

Although the climb is difficult, once you reach the top you'll have panoramic views of the city below. This trail is not good for dogs, so be sure to leave your furry friends at home.

While the trail is open year-round, we recommend visiting in the spring, fall, and winter because of the cooler weather. Once you reach the top of the peak, you'll be amazed at the views. They are the best reward after a difficult hike.

The trailhead is available until 11:00 p.m., however, parking and entrance into the park is from 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. If you want to hike after hours, make sure to get there before 7:00 p.m. 

Even though the weather is cooler, it's important to bring essentials such as extra water and flashlights if you plan on going on a sunset hike there.

Entrance into the park is free and there are restrooms and water available at the beginning of the hike. You and your SO can make an evening trip here and watch the sunset together. It'll be the perfect ending to a romantic outdoor adventure. 

Since you'll be near the city, you could also check this super-secret pin bar. You'll have to enter a "fridge" to get inside. The door leads you to a retro hangout complete with arcade games, dance floor, and a disco ball. 

Phoenix Mountains Preserve | Piestewa Peak Trail

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Length: Approx. 2.2-miles roundtrip

Address: 2701 E. Squaw Peak Dr., Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Why you should go: This challenging hike will offer the best views for watching the sunset and full moon rise. 


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