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Pyrite Trail - Skyline RP, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.27 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,551 feet
Elevation Gain 575 feet
Accumulated Gain 608 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.50
Kokopelli Seeds 4.3
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Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 51
Routes 392
Photos 4,143
Trips 1,320 map ( 9,576 miles )
Age 41 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:21am - 7:44pm
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No fooling around, this one's a gem
by LindaAnn

A pleasant, lesser-traveled trail along the western edge of the Skyline trail system.

Getting there:
From the main parking area, head north across the bridge then left on Mountain Wash Trail for 0.20 miles. Turn left on Turnbuckle Trail for 0.40 miles. Then left on Granite Falls Trail for 0.80 miles to the signed beginning of Pyrite Trail on the left. At this point, you will have hiked approx 1.40 miles with probably only about 100' of elevation gain.

Once you are on Pyrite, you will initially head south, then gradually southwest, crossing a couple of dry washes. The trail has a very gradual incline for the first half-mile, turning to the west. The incline for the next quarter mile slowly increases as the trail turns north-northwest. After that, the trail steadily climbs uphill at a pleasant incline-not too steep, and the trail condition is very good. Views to the west are nice, and hiking the upper portions of the trail is very enjoyable. At the high point of the trail, approx 1.75 miles in, you can turn left to make the short side trip up to Pyrite Summit.

After the high point, the trail drops down steeply to the north, ending at the junction with Chuckwalla Trail in less than half a mile. There's some loose rock in places, but overall trail conditions are good. At the Chuckwalla junction, there are three options:
1-You can turn around to retrace your steps on Pyrite if you want to climb back up the steep hill you just descended.
2-Turn right on Chuckwalla to make a short loop towards the trailhead.
3-Turn left on Chuckwalla to make a larger loop utilizing additional trails in the park.

Pyrite Trail is fairly far from the trailhead. Hiking the full trail, plus connecting trails, requires a minimum of 7.40 miles of hiking. Temperatures can get very warm, especially during the summer. Make sure to carry enough water.

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2019-08-22 LindaAnn
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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
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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