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Watson Overlook - Skyline RP, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 0.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,518 feet
Elevation Gain 86 feet
Accumulated Gain 86 feet
Avg Time One Way 10-20 minute
Kokopelli Seeds 0.44
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 245
Routes 837
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Trips 4,941 map ( 25,216 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Overview
Watson Overlook is a well-designed trail to a toddler-sized overlook with great views.


Hike
The trail begins at a 4x4 steel post signed junction just 0.08 mi or 422 ft into Quartz Mine Trail. The tread is excellent all the way up. Medium-sized rock boulders and slabs alongside the trail resemble geology on South Mountain.

Within minutes views open up as you gain a pinch of elevation. Halfway up, 2-4 minutes into the hike, reflect on what you've done, and mentally prepare yourself for the path ahead. Just before the final stretch, you come to a saddle with a nice view of the NW terminus of the Sierra Estrella Mountain Range.

After a relaxing breather, dig into that final 30 feet up to the top. A 4x4 steel post marks the true Summit. Views to the SE of Hayes Peak 4,512 and Margies Peak to the South. You would need binoculars to see either.

Synopsis
Nearly any 800 ft end to end hike is worth a try. This is one of the easiest effort to rewards hikes in the Valley of the Sun.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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To Skyline Park 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.

The Entrance Lot is immediately after the gate where Watson turns 90 degrees west(left)
About 10-12 cars slot park on dirt just off the edge of the road.
- Parking Lot Connector Trail
- mid access to Quartz Trail

The developed Discovery Point Lot is 0.3 miles further in on Watson.
I'm not 100% sure on that name, needs verified. It's an obvious half moon oval.
- mid access to Parking Lot Connector Trail

The Main Lot is another 0.3 miles at the end of the road.
- all else, the majority

Park entry is FREE! Trails open sunrise to sunset. Gates close at 10 p.m.

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)
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