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Javelina Summit - Skyline RP, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NW
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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
Interest Peak
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Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park
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Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 23
Routes 360
Photos 2,508
Trips 1,007 map ( 7,485 miles )
Age 39 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:34am - 5:47pm
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by LindaAnn

Likely In-Season!
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 great condition, and the ascent, while steep, feels relatively easy. The first half of the trail heads generally 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. You'll quickly start climbing again though, and the trail gets quite steep as it winds its way up to the summit. For a moment, you'll doubt that a trail really 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 nice 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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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 hike
From Phoenix, take I-10 west to Watson Rd.
Go north on Watson into the park, and take Watson to the parking lot at the end of the road--approx 2 miles from leaving the interstate.
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