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Quartz Mine Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,901 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.16 mph
1,901 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I checked the website for Skyline RP and they finished two new trails, the Tortuga Trail and the Javelina Summit Trail. Out and back looked like it would be just over 9 miles. With the heat, that seemed doable. The summit looked like it would add some elevation gain, but other than that, it seemed easy. In reality, it ended up being nearly 2000' of AEG in the muggy heat. The Tortuga Trail is rated EASY, but I think it should be more like MODERATE. The grades are easy, but almost none of it is flat.

The Javelina Summit Trail is steep in sections. The difficulty of this one was affected by the hot temperature. I had to stop a few times, but in cooler weather I don't think I would have needed to do that. The trail goes up the west side of the hill, so that afforded some shade from the morning sun, which helped out a lot.

After the Tortuga ended at the park boundary, I followed the jeep road for about a half mile. Park literature says it's 0.8 miles to Sienna Hills, but the road started to turn north, and there was another narrow road that kept goin east, and it was marked by a cairn. It didn't go very far until it hit a wire fence. It was already after 9am and these obviously weren't trails, so I decided to head back.

Along the Tortuga other half built trails are visible. One seems to parallel the Quartz Mine Trail, and on the east end of the park it's hard to tell if they're trails or mountain biking routes.

Finished just before 11am, came back to a nearly completely empty parking lot.
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