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Javelina Summit - Skyline RP, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.94 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,451 feet
Elevation Gain 749 feet
Accumulated Gain 755 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hors
Kokopelli Seeds 3.46
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Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:54am - 7:14pm
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Collared Peccary Lookout
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Short, steep hike to the easternmost summit in Skyline Regional Park, affording good views of the park and the West Valley.

Getting there
To reach the beginning of the Javelina Summit, from the main parking lot, you will need to take Quartz Mine Trail east for 1.65 miles, then Tortuga Trail east for approx 0.50 miles to the beginning of Javelina Summit Trail. At this point, you will be about 2.10 miles and 330' aeg into your hike.

Javelina Summit Trail starts climbing from the very start. The trail surface is in excellent condition, and the ascent, while steep, feels relatively easy. The first half of the trail generally heads east-northeast, with views of Verrado below to your left. The rest of Skyline Regional Park stretches out behind you.

Just before the halfway point, the trail turns south-southeast. It levels out for a short stretch, giving you a chance to catch your breath. Though you'll quickly start climbing again, and the trail gets quite steep as it winds its way up to the summit. For a moment, you'll doubt that a trail reaches the top without requiring scrambling, but the trail will suddenly wind around the south side of the peak as you top out.

The top of the peak is small, but there is room to sit on the boulders. Views of the Valley are lovely on a clear day. Retrace your steps back down to return, using caution on some of the steeper sections.

This would be a brutally hot hike during the summer months, although there may be some shade in the early morning. It is best enjoyed during the cooler parts of the year.

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2019-03-23 LindaAnn
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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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90+° 8am - 6pm kills
Avoid Heat Illness - stay cool

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