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Skunk Creek Trail - 2 members in 10 triplogs have rated this an average 1.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 22 2016
afrankie
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 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
New River Trail - Peoria / GlendalePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Road Biking avatar Apr 22 2016
afrankie
Road Biking24.00 Miles
Road Biking24.00 Miles   2 Hrs      12.00 mph
 
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Just discovered this mild multi-use in my backyard - no joke, trail access is only about a mile from home. It's nice and rare to have off-street paved trails.

Went with a mate from work this morning and wrapped up before we started to cook in the heat. Began at 99th and Camelback, shot up 107th to catch the trailhead at the Glendale recharge ponds, then continued on through Skunk Creek in Peoria. Glad to have found my nearby fresh air.

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Jan 24 2016
black_toes
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82 male
 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Skunk Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2016
black_toes
Hiking3.03 Miles 178 AEG
Hiking3.03 Miles   1 Hour   19 Mns   2.93 mph
178 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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Part 3, Completion of Trail and Overview. Walked from 69th Av, starting from behind the Home Depot on Bell Rd, to Union Hills Dr. That completes my "attack" on this flat urban trail, done in 3 segments on separate days. I was way off on this middle segment's distance. My estimate of 9/10 mi came in at 1.38 by GPS. I did trundle over to the N side via Union Hills bridge underpass to be sure I have the track to merge three segments into one. Uneventful walk on 8-foot wide concrete path. Points of interest: Skunk Creek Linear Park playground (Shade and Water, a sign says, but no toilets), interpretative signs and another silted-in concrete dam. Light traffic on a Sunday noon hour.

Overview. This 5.76 mi long path is really two separate trails with an odd transition zone along 73rd Av.

The lower SW segment, from 75th Av down to Rio Vista Park and the juncture with New River, is less urban and less busy. A slender channel of water runs through the streambed, carrying the overflow from the Arizona Canal and, in times of flood, torrents from Skunk Creek and elsewhere. The Peoria Sports Complex runs atop the embankment cross-creek on the N with orange groves and some farmland on the S.

The upper segment, on the NE up to the trail's start at 51st Av, is edged by middle-class houses, apartments and condos and seems to primarily serve nearby villagers out for evening strolls, family bike rides and light jogging.

Who would guess, without pre-walk mapping, that you could ever reach the upper segment from the lower? No signage tells you that. From 75th Av, roll the dice. Straight ahead to the Arizona Canal or do the underpass beneath the 75th Av bridge. Never did I see a sign saying "Skunk Creek Trail." Taking the underpass, you arrive with luck on the N side of the streambed, and there you find a sign, "Skunk Creek Linear Park" with a map how to get there, sidewalk-stepping up through tree-lined Cabrillo Point subdivision (the former Las Brisas, I assume) to a small traffic circle and straight north where you pick up the upper segment. Although coyotes and javelina reputedly venture up into Skunk Creek, I saw only desert cottontails and heard Gambel's quail. Flora? Much brittlebush and palo verde with a smattering of "exotics" like Fairy Duster and Santa Rita prickly pear.

By looking down into Skunk Creek's untamed streambed from 15-25 foot embankments, you can imagine what this area looked like before "civilization." Ultimately you do the Skunk for exercise. Or, in my case, rehabbing a sprained ankle. Serious hikers know this is not really hiking. No adventure, no risk. But not boring -- at least on the initial visit. It is not a walk, though, I would like to do again.
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Brittlebush, Globemallow, Fairy Duster.
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Jan 21 2016
black_toes
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82 male
 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Skunk Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2016
black_toes
Hiking6.26 Miles 281 AEG
Hiking6.26 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.93 mph
281 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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Part 2. Rio Vista Park to 67th Av, about 3 mi one way, then doubled back. Part 1, 51 Av to Union Hills Dr was 1.8. So with Skunk Crk Trail being 5.67 mi total, that should leave me about 9/10 of a mile for Part 3 and the completion of the entire trail. I'll try to finish it up Sunday before the Cardinals game in Carolina. As hikes go, this was pretty easy and lacklustre, but I'm rehabbing so it doesn't make much difference.

The boring part was coming along 73 Av through the tidy neighborhood called Las Brisas Point, the point being the peninsula between the junction of the Arizona Canal on the south and Skunk Crk on the north. But it's only a few blocks walk and then you're back out on the Skunk heading NE. The number of bikers increased at this point of the day, 4 o'clock or so.

Spring training for MLB teams begins next month, and players (minor leaguers, perhaps) were working out in the huge Peoria Sports Complex which runs about a mile along the N side of Skunk. I shot some photos of a ball shagger beyond the outfield fence, clambering down into the streambed on occasion to fetch baseballs hit there. In between shagging, the kid did calisthenics or sat in a metal chair. Pretty Bush League if you ask me.

Rio Vista is a nice park with a kids baseball complex. There's even a pickleball court out there somewhere, I was told. The park lays just below where Skunk Crk joins New River on the way to the Agua Fria. Beautiful day for a hike. Didn't regret this one at all.
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Jan 19 2016
black_toes
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82 male
 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Skunk Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2016
black_toes
Hiking3.58 Miles 308 AEG
Hiking3.58 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   2.44 mph
308 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
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A rugged afternoon in the urban woods of Skunk Creek Linear Park. Flat path, concrete walkways, ramadas, toilets, benches, lights, interpretative signs, plenty of company. Mr. Urban Hiker, I am. For the present. Ankle sprain still nags. This hike is a perfect example of my trail ethos: Never meet a hike you don't like (well, outside the Desert Classic), and never meet a timetable you can't destroy. The original intent was to hike Skunk all the way to its conclusion, 51 Av to Rio Vista Park, and back. No sweat. Be back long before sunset. But there again, I stopped to take photos (blooms and a skateboard park) and have a sandwich. And then there was the 30-minute chat with an elderly Englishman while his beautiful 8-year-old Bearded Collie patiently listened in. Adding to the foreign flavor, a young Romanian man came by with his dog and excitedly talked soccer with the Englishman. English, I've long known, isn't the international language. It's soccer. And of course I didn't come close to arriving at Rio Vista Park. I turned around at busy Union Hills Dr near 63 Ave. The creek itself was dry, most of the drainage in the area being sealed off with small over-flow dams, creating attractive ponds for the villagers. Next trip on Skunk, I'll start at Rio Vista Park and travel back to Union Hills.
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Brittle Bush, Fairy Duster, Chuparosa and Globe Mallow.
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Nov 26 2015
Booneman
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40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Skunk Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Booneman
Run/Jog13.00 Miles 137 AEG
Run/Jog13.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   9.75 mph
137 ft AEG
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Ran the Thanksgiving Day Classic 10-miler in 56:39. This includes my warm up and cool down.
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Aug 03 2015
mt98dew
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Skunk Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 03 2015
mt98dew
Run/Jog6.10 Miles 137 AEG
Run/Jog6.10 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   5.63 mph
137 ft AEG
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Started from the Peoria complex and took the paved path east. Rereading the trail description I realized I missed the turn for Skunk Creek and continued down the canal. Hit 67th Ave. (3 miles) and turned around. Since the cement really pounds my knees I tried to jog on the adjacent crushed gravel as much as possible. Saw several trail markers indicating East New River Trail. I got the impression if I had gone west from the complex there would have been about 5 miles of trail in that direction. As stated in the write up, this is not much for hiking but an easy way to get some miles in for biking or jogging....if you can handle the pavement. Pretty warm out today. Not many people out there except for a few bikers.
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Mar 30 2015
black_toes
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 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Canal - Terminus, AZ 
Arizona Canal - Terminus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2015
black_toes
Hiking4.07 Miles 158 AEG
Hiking4.07 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.74 mph
158 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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Don't know why but I hoped for more pizzaz at the end of this, the longest canal in the Valley. Walked out from 67th Ave to the terminus where the Skunk Creek channel comes in from the NE and meets up with the canal about .2 mi W of 75th Ave near Bell Rd. That's east of the Peoria Sports Complex. The canal proper actually ends at a large mossy sluice E of 75th Ave, drops down into the shrubby greenbelt to the N and follows a narrow canal westward toward Skunk. There's water in it but not much. At the sluice a smaller canal is directed due W but I did not follow it out. Think it ends or goes underground at 75th. Not much to see until Skunk Creek where traffic picked up with bikers, some high school runners and a few strollers like me. Talked briefly with a biker from Lansing, MI, finishing up an 18-miler. Didn't think to say, "Go Spartans." Before that, 67th to the sluice, the canal bank was all mine except for 6-7 anglers in three groups. One said he caught a striper near bridge at 67th. Very few waterfowl. Four mallards and three coots. Although temps in the 90s, it was pleasant with a slight breeze. Just not a very interesting canal segment.
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Mar 02 2013
Hippy
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Skunk Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Road Biking avatar Mar 02 2013
Hippy
Road Biking11.42 Miles 250 AEG
Road Biking11.42 Miles   1 Hour      13.70 mph
250 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Jan 25 2013
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Skunk Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2013
chumley
Hiking11.42 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking11.42 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   3.81 mph
250 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Hippy
Don't ever hike this. Bike this. Period.
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Hippy
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Skunk Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2013
Hippy
Hiking11.42 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking11.42 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   3.81 mph
250 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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We should've taken bikes.
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