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Pyrite Summit - Skyline RP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.35 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,107 feet
Elevation Gain 179 feet
Accumulated Gain 179 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 min
Kokopelli Seeds 0.95
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10  2020-04-21 LindaAnn
18  2019-12-25
Skyline West Loop-JTY (7.5)
Yoder
11  2019-06-08
Pyrite Trail - Skyline RP
DarthStiller
10  2019-03-21
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park
LindaAnn
Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 42
Routes 382
Photos 3,420
Trips 1,179 map ( 8,611 miles )
Age 40 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:40am - 5:50pm
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Overview
Short side trail leading from Pyrite Trail to the summit at the far western edge of Skyline Regional Park.


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. Then Left on Pyrite Trail for 1.70 miles up to the turn for Pyrite Summit. All junctions are signed. Distance from the parking area to the start of Pyrite Summit trail is about 3.30 miles and 785' aeg.

Hike
Once you turn onto Pyrite Summit trail, you will head west-southwest up a smooth trail to the summit, gaining just under 200' in about a third of a mile. This may be the most scenic of the four summits in the park, and due to its distance from the trailhead, probably the least visited. Open views to the west, and on a clear day, you can see many of the desert mountain ranges in western AZ.

Once done, retrace your steps to Pyrite Trail. You can return to the trailhead the way you came, or for a longer loop, can head north on Pyrite trail and take one of the numerous connecting trails back. Make sure you have enough water for what could easily become a 10 mile loop if you take this option.

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2019-05-16 LindaAnn
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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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Directions
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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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