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Quartz Mine Trail - Skyline RP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,510 feet
Elevation Gain 445 feet
Accumulated Gain 523 feet
Avg Time One Way 1-1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.34
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Skyline Regional Ramble
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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consistently changing views end-to-end
by joebartels

Quartz Mine Trail begins immediately behind the covered picnic table on the south side of the main parking lot. With an immediate left, the trail gently rises 30 ft to a low saddle. Watson Overlook is the junction at the saddle.

Heading down is Disney lush flora typical of the area. Guestimating most-to-least: creosote, brittlebush, mesquite, Paloverde, wolfberry, at least two varieties of cholla, barrel cactus, a few saguaros, and Apache hedgehog.

Tread is consistently three feet wide, with gentle grades. Soon, you see the entrance hut, a reassurance of where you are on planet earth. Just over a half-mile in, you pass the Parking Lot Connector Trail junction. The next half-mile takes you east. The notable views are the end view of the Sierra Estrella Range to the southeast, and Javelina Summit is east-northeast aka Beacon 2212 on topo.

Heading north, Javelina Summit looks larger than life, semi-independent at this southern end of the White Tank Mountains. Rippled ravines leading up to it are covered in flora that must have been what the Phoenix Preserves resembled before the human invasion. Skyline Crest Trail junction is on a right turn at 1.5 miles, stay right. Tortuga Trail junction comes quick at 1.6 miles, continue left.

The final mile north is a relaxed stroll up the side of four mini-cattywampus ridges to Lost Creek Trail. One or two paloverdes canopying over the trail offer nice photo opportunities.

Quartz Mine Trail hits a lot of positives with a near-effortless tread through continuously changing views.

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2021-08-31 joebartels
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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

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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