The Squaw Peak Highway Trail in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve northwest to Scottsdale provides a unique mix of industrial and scenic. The trail begins along N. 32 Street at Mountain View Road, paralleling Piestewa Freeway/State Route 51 for a short way. The trail leads up and over the mostly barren hillside to end at where Dreamy Draw Drive and SR 51 intersect.
There is not much shade but you find shelters at the trailhead parking on Dreamy Draw Drive. The preserve includes a system of mountain bike trails but use caution in areas of loose rocks and 6+ inch drop-offs.
Parking and Trail Access
There is trailhead parking at the end of Dreamy Draw Drive in the preserve. Shelters, water and restrooms are provided, along with ample parking places. To access Dreamy Drive, take Northern Avenue under SR 51. The official address is 2421 E. Northern Avenue. The trailhead is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.