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Valley Vista Trail - Skyline RP, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance One Way 0.38 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,091 feet
Elevation Gain 242 feet
Accumulated Gain 242 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 min
Kokopelli Seeds 1.19
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Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 60
Routes 402
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Trips 1,362 map ( 9,795 miles )
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Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:17am - 6:30pm
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Skyline High Point
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Short side trail leading to the high point of Skyline Regional Park

Getting there
From the main parking area, head north, then northwest a short distance to Turnbuckle Trail. Take Turnbuckle north about 1.4 miles uphill to the signed start of Valley Vista Trail.

From the start, head south and uphill on what starts out as an old Jeep road. It quickly gives way to a trail, continuing to head south and steeply uphill. While steep, the footing is good. At the top, the trail flattens out, and there is a broad rocky area with views in all directions. Watch for snakes in the rocks during warmer weather. This vantage point allows for views of nearly the entire park and to the rest of the White Tanks looming to the north.

Once done, retrace your steps back down to Turnbuckle Trail. You can return to the trailhead the way you came, or continue a loop on Turnbuckle back to the trailhead.

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2019-05-16 LindaAnn
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One-Way Notice
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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