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Parking Lot Connector Trail - Skyline RP, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.67 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,349 feet
Accumulated Gain 150 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.17
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Quartz Mine Trail - Skyline RP
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 241
Routes 830
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Trips 4,677 map ( 23,942 miles )
Age 50 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Sun  7:16am - 5:22pm
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Likely In-Season!
Overview
Connects all three parking areas at Skyline Regional Park. Include a portion of Quartz Mine Trail for a 1.15 mi loop. Off trail hiking is not allowed in the park which is designated as a preserve. Elevation change is trivial.


Hike
This guide reads from the entrance parking. The official trail takes off to the left/west of parking, designated by a 4x4 steel post with pertinent trail details. Ironically it's a 210 ft connector to get to the trail.

On the main trail a right turn takes you 0.13 mi ( 686 ft ) to Quartz Mine Trail. A left is 0.2 mi to Discovery Point parking lot then 0.35 mi to the end which junctions the main parking lot and the beginning of Quartz Mine Trail.

The tread is a really nice mini bulldozed trail. If you are lucky a family might be grilling at a ramada passed near the end... smelled damn good!

Vegetation along trail includes brittlebush, creosote bush, occasional ironwood trees and ragweed. Nothing to justify a special trip, enough to ponder.

Views are nice. The pronounced mountain on the SE horizon is the northwest terminus of the Sierra Estrella Mountain Range.

Water Sources
No drinking water is available in the park.

Camping
Park trails are closed sunrise to sunset. The park offers 7 rental options. 5 fifty ft parking stalls for RV's and car camping. 2 graded 12x12 ft tent pads. Each offers a picnic table, cooking grill and fire ring.

Park Programs
Skyline Regional Park features several activities throughout the year. Full moon night hikes, yoga hikes, astrophotography workshops and family oriented campfire songs complete with a guitarist.

Synopsis
A relaxing low key hike on a nice spring day. If you feel like letting go, sing through likely uncrowed sections.

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2020-03-22 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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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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