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Skyline Crest Trail - Skyline RP, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,587 feet
Elevation Gain 530 feet
Accumulated Gain 546 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 - 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.12
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Author LindaAnn
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Trips 1,346 map ( 9,703 miles )
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Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:43am - 7:29pm
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Ridgeline Vistas
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One of the highest trails in the park; it follows a generally north-south running ridgeline, affording great views in all directions.

Getting There
To get to the start of Skyline Crest Trail, take Quartz Mine Trail approx 1.55 miles (280' aeg) from the main parking lot. At the signed junction, turn left to begin Skyline Crest.

The trail quickly begins climbing up several switchbacks for the first third of a mile. Most of the elevation gain on this trail is in this beginning section. Taking the short spur trail to Crest Summit is worth the minimal additional effort. Once you're up on the ridge, the trail snakes along, mostly just on the east side of the top of the ridge. Views of the rest of the White Tanks mountain range loom ahead, along with views of the Valley to the east.

It is easy hiking at this point, and just after the halfway point, the trail begins to gradually descend to its northern terminus, ending at Lost Creek Trail. You are now at the northern side of the park and have options to turn left or right on Lost Creek (left is probably the most common) and making a loop hike of your choosing, or turning around and retracing your steps on Skyline Crest.

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2019-04-01 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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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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