PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Your next hike to Piestewa Peak may have an extra hike included – the one from your car to the trail head. Construction at the trail head has been going on since last year. But the latest improvement phase, which started Tuesday, has the parking lots at the Navajo and Summit trails closed until next summer.
“There were five or six empty spaces in the lot itself when we actually got here which was about 11:30 a.m.,” said hiker Diane Barker.
But get there at any other time of day and you might not be that lucky.
“This whole area right here was completely full, up there was completely full too,” said hiker Myles Wingard. “So I just said, 'The heck with it,’ went home and went to the gym instead.”
Where Squaw Peak Road turns from residential to park land is where you start to see cars parked along the side of the road, but at that point you’re not even close to the trailhead yet. You still have a quarter of a mile or so, depending on where you actually find a spot to park.
Vinnie DiDomizio lives in the last hour before Piestewa Peak Park. He thinks there will likely be more cars parked on his street in the coming months, but he’s not too worried about it.
“It doesn’t bother me too much – only when they park in front of our driveway and leave litter and trash,” he said. “That kind of bothers us.”
Saturdays and Sundays will be even harder to find a parking spot because street parking is banned in DiDomizio’s neighborhood. But people are looking forward to the payoff of having both the parking lots combined into one, much larger one.
“It’s going to be nice when it's done,” Wingard said.
The city says your best bet in the meantime will be to use Dreamy Draw Park and the 32nd Street trail head.