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Skyline Trail #712
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mini location map2021-05-01
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Skyline Trail #712Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2021
Hiking1.01 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking1.01 Miles      28 Mns   2.24 mph
340 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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Skyline Trail is one of the trails in the Spence Springs Basin just west of Prescott, Arizona. For a full description of the trails in the Spence Springs Basin, see the description of Noodle Loop Trail #760 which is the only trail from the the Spence Springs Trailhead. Skyline Trail is the western-most trail in the Spence Springs Basin and thus, is more accessible from the Iron Springs Trailhead (1.3 miles west on Iron Springs Road from the Spence Springs Trailhead). From the Iron Springs Trailhead, hike 1.3 miles on West Side Story Trail #725 to the start of Skyline Trail which ends 1 mile later at Skyline Drive. The two-tenths of a mile closest to Skyline Drive provides excellent views of Granite Mountain (near Williamson Valley Road) and Thumb Butte, as well as the San Francisco Peaks in the distance (see photos). In May of most years, a variety of wildflowers and blooms on bushes further add to the enjoyment of this short hike. Connecting trails can be added for additional wildflowers (see my Memorial Day Wildflower hike on 5/23/20 and Arizona Thistle hike on 6/13/20). The photos here were taken 5/1/21 as wildflowers were just starting to show. For example, Sante Fe Trail #709 starts about 0.2 mile from West Side Story Trail and had more Arizona Thistles (not yet blooming) on 5/1/21 than Skyline Trail.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few cryptantha, bluedicks, ashen milkvetch and purple prairie verbena on 5/1/21, but many more expected by Memorial Day.
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