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Turnbuckle Trail - Skyline RP, AZ

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Distance Loop 3.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,513 feet
Elevation Gain 580 feet
Accumulated Gain 612 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.14
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 241
Routes 829
Photos 12,055
Trips 4,845 map ( 24,780 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Sun  5:20am - 7:42pm
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Loop of Views
by joebartels

Core park loop. Landscape and constantly changing views are among the best effort-to-reward ratio near metro Phoenix.

A device for adjusting tension or length. Easily a dozen options to increase your loop hike, based on outer park trail options.

0.25 mi from the main parking lot at the end of Watson Rd. Cross the bridge then 0.17 mi left on Mountain Wash Trail.

Described counter-clockwise as I hiked and recorded notes on Route Scout. It seems like a winner regardless of the direction of travel.

Heading up to a subtle saddle at about 1,800 ft the tread is rougher than average for Skyline Park. No concern, just a nice outback feeling leaving civilization behind you. After the saddle, the terrain and views held my attention. On a cool breezy day with clouds, this is fabulous hiking.

Further up, admire the sharp jagged ridges around you. The upper bridge of the loop is an old jeep road. The northwest backside has a mini-series of zipper switchbacks to negotiate a steep 250 ft without busting a heart valve. Heading down, I witnessed a hawk negotiate a gust of wind with a jet screaming into Luke AFB in the background. The western side of the loop is a cool little valley of its own.

Granite Falls Trail and
Chuckwalla Trail explore that western valley. Pyrite Trail, among my favorites in the park, tackles the upper portion of the ridge on the western horizon.

Moderate Lasso Loop hike
3.7 mi / 700 ft AEG

Include out-n-back on
Valley Vista Trail
4.5 mi / 945 ft AEG
It appears to be the most popular option in the park, and I can see why. It's snazzy for a low AEG hike.

Typical Flora
Saguaros, cholla, ocotillo, creosote, brittlebush, canyon ragweed, paloverdes, and mesquites.

120 photos in crappy mid-afternoon light.

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2020-04-09 joebartels
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This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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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