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Mountain Wash Trail - Skyline RP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,516 feet
Elevation Gain 420 feet
Accumulated Gain 430 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 - 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.73
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 242
Routes 836
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Trips 4,884 map ( 24,930 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov
Sun  5:40am - 7:33pm
Official Route
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Shares Turnbuckle origin at the lower end. Follows ravines adjacent-east of Turnbuckle then ends back at upper-east Turnbuckle. Emergency trail post markers are a simple MW.

From the main parking lot, crossing the bridge puts you on MW mid-trail.

Left/West is 0.2 mi to the origin. Two core trails with an origin off-kilter from parking are the only oddity in this nearly perfectly planned park.

Right/East skirts 0.2 mi before curving northwest up a large... mountain wash! The most intriguing portion works up a tributary. Lost Creek Trail splits off to the east. MW ends hooking back south to meet the upper Turnbuckle Trail.

Options with various park trails are plentiful. This trail does escape between wedged ridges quickly. The eastern ridge notably draws attention and intrigue. Lucky you, Skyline Crest Trail dances that beat via Lost Creek Trail.

A functional link, a gateway to options. Far from blah, just not topping any favorite lists.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2020-04-09 joebartels
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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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Map Drive
Connector trail - Not Applicable

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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