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Watson Overlook - Skyline RP, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,518 feet
Elevation Gain 86 feet
Accumulated Gain 86 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 0.49
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Skyline Regional Park
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Watson Overlook - Skyline RP
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Skyline Regional Park
after recent off-trail sunday hikes, wanted something longer on an actual trail
have thought about doing the skyline trails, but didn't really want to drive out there for six miles
ended up with a decent hike by doing some extras
started up mountain wash, then lost creek
not sure where the official trail ends, but went down the verrado side of lost creek to the end
one nice hill, otherwise not much to say about this part
coming back up, saw a new trail blocked off and then at the saddle, took another segment of new trail up a ridgeline
this was a nice piece - steep uphill at times with cool rock and good views
this new part ended at the bobcat that others have mentioned
will make for a nice loop when finally connected to the lower part
wish i had taken the lower part rather than lost creek trail just to see where it goes
back at the saddle, continued up mountain wash to turnbuckle, and then went up valley vista
nice ascent, again with some good views
finished the turnbuckle loop, and went all the way back down mountain wash
was thinking i would get some tracks, but I see that patrick l has already posted them
finally, went up watson overlook
wanted to completely hike every trail in the park, but left off the parking lot connector
(seemed unnecessary and obsessive-compulsive)
mountain wash and turnbuckle were wide trails with good footing so you could look around
the best ones, though, were the overlooks and the unfinished ridge
glad i went out there, and i'll probably be back after the new trails are finished
something different with good linkage ;)
my track is from route scout
gps had 12.05 miles with 2410 aeg :-k

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Map Drive

To Skyline Park Entrance Trailhead
From Phoenix, take I-10 west to Watson Rd. Exit, and go north on Watson. Take Watson north approx 2 miles into the park and the main parking area at the end of the road.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 36 min (34.9 miles)
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 2 h 3 min (142 miles)
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 2 h 22 min (159 miles)
page created by joebartels on Jan 17 2016 6:29 am
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