History of Piestewa Peak
Piestewa Peak (pronounced (py-Es'-tuh'wah) sits at an elevation of 2,608 feet and is the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains and the third highest in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to becoming part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, this mountain area was used for mining and grazing.
It is now a popular destination for hikers with the number of hikers second only to the Grand Canyon's Bright Angel Trail. Hiking to the summit offers 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding Phoenix metropolitan area.
The peak (previously called Squaw Peak) is named after Specialist Lori Ann Piestewa, a U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps soldier from the Hopi Tribe in northern Arizona, who was killed during an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq, in 2003. It is believed that she is the first Native American woman killed in combat in a foreign war.
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Last updated October 20, 2019
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