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Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ
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Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ 
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2019
joebartels
Hiking14.54 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking14.54 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   2.82 mph
3,400 ft AEG      13 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Skyline is a network of short trails. You can create your own loops or dabble the low hanging fruit. Linda put together a loop. I studied it for hours if not microseconds. Seriously though, I've heard a steady positive reception on Skyline for years.

With portions of 11 trails in this loop, Javelina and Pyrite got my attention most. Weather was darn near perfect through out and I imagine the happy green vegetation is in prime. This loop is a consistent roller coaster and I really liked it overall. Keep in mind I enjoy SoMo, Piestewa-Mojave and other valley loops too.

Just one Luke AFB jet overhead. More intriguing than annoying. The helicopters around Sedona & GC don't really bother me either but I guess there's a pinch of coolness about a screaming eagle.

Granite or Chuckwalla on the return had a shocking amount of [ Dodder ] for at least a half mile. This parasite slowly kills the host plant. In this case creosote, brittlebush and everything in its path. It was even draped over patches of lupine.

Synopsis
Left with a better impression than anticipated. Like many valley mountain parks, solid in-season hiking. Nearby Estrella Park is flat and lifeless if you seek a mellow stoll. Doubtful I'll break away from my Valley favs but it's nice to have the option. Great to hike with the native local kids. No closed road signage.
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