By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 2/20/2020
Topics/Keywords: #Travel #PhoenixMountainsPreserve #Arizona #PiestewaPeakRecreationArea #Hiking Page Views: 1597
All about my trips and photos of this in-city chunk of wilderness.
One of the peaks in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.

Phoenix, Arizona, is home to many parks and hiking trails embedded within the city limits. One of these is the Piestewa Peak Recreation Area, which is fortunately located just a couple of miles from my house. Which means, I get to hike there often to appreciate the changes of season which, while subtle in a desert area like this, are nevertheless welcome.

A Walk Around Piestewa Peak

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/1/2009
Topics: #PiestewaPeak #Phoenix #Arizona #Zachary #Photography Page Views: 1928
We take our annual New Year's Day hike on a mountain located smack in the middle of the City of Phoenix.

Hey, what better way to start off the New Year than with an easy hike? It sure beats hanging around all day nursing a hangover! This year, Michael, Mary, Zachary and I decided to challenge the Piestewa Peak Circumference Trail. We got the exercise, sunshine, and above-the-pollution-line fresh air; you get the photos.

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Bees and Blooms on Trail 302

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 3/9/2016
Topics: #PhoenixMountainsPreserve #Ella #Arizona #Travel #Hiking Page Views: 1814
The desert comes to life in spring.

For a change, I decided to hike Trail 302 with my grandson's dog, Ella, in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. I expected to find a lot of flowers. For some reason, I did not expect bees.

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Piestewa Peak Solo

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 3/12/2016
Topics: #Travel #Photography #PhoenixMountainsPreserve #PiestewaPeak #Arizona Page Views: 1759
All the photos I took while hiking the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail.

A little over five years ago, I came down with an infection by flesh-eating bacteria. I was given a 20% chance of survival, spent two days in a coma, and all the skin and half the fascia were removed from my lower left leg, from just below the knee. There was a very real chance I would never walk again. But that was then, and this is now.

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