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Valley Vista Trail - Skyline RP - 11 members in 43 triplogs have rated this an average 3.2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 12 2021
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Skyline RP - eastern half, AZ 
Skyline RP - eastern half, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking9.87 Miles 2,507 AEG
Hiking9.87 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   2.04 mph
2,507 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Met Angela and Tom at the surprisingly mostly empty trailhead just before 0830. Headed east on Quartz Mine, making the side trip to Watson Overlook. Very breezy, with cool temps to start. Continuing east, we got on Tortuga Trail, then up to Javelina Summit, which is a nice little climb.

Once back down, we headed over to Skyline Crest Trail, which I think is one of the best in the park. Another side trip over to the Crest Summit, where we had a snack. Temps were warming up by then, but still breezy. We enjoyed the jets from Luke flying overhead. Continued north on Skyline Crest, then west on Lost Creek for a short distance, then Mountain Wash for a short distance.

Once at the junction with Turnbuckle, Angela opted to wait for me and Tom to head over to Valley Vista, which we did real quick, then headed back to the saddle to meet back up with Angela. Easy hike down Turnbuckle back to the parking lot.

Nice day, not many people out on the trails, and great conversation. Nice to see Angela again, and good to finally meet Tom.
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Jan 12 2021
Daytripper
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Skyline Crest Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2021
Daytripper
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.07 mph
2,600 ft AEG      55 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Nice hiking some new trails , pleasant weather but with occasional breezes to remind its still winter. Easy to find the trailhead the restrooms and picnic areas all appear new , also a nice bridge well designed to blend in with the environment leading to the trails, it even sports an out in the open campground. Thanks to Linda for figuring a route for us to follow in this maze of choices. Just to track distance I started route scout after coming down from the breezy Watson overlook, it tracked steady all day without reloading which has been occurring after photos lately, though it didn’t talk to me. Just as well so I could listen and learn about local landmarks, needing permits for Glacier Park and not to touch red dyed diesel fuel . Agree with other reports that they keep these trails well groomed with little vegetation, slopes on each side are loaded with cholla however so don’t roll off the trail. My favorite view of the White Tanks today was from the Javelina Summit. Saw very few other hikers with most in early afternoon as we closed in on the trailhead. Only took a few photos as I’m counting on Angela to come through, noticed her taking a few :D On the way down Valley Vista trail I thought I spotted a mysterious direct tv size satellite disc on a rock outcropping , as I came closer realized it was Angela having deployed her umbrella :oops: For some reason there were other oddly placed hill top cairns around. The sound of freedom occurred repeatedly as the park is in line with the Luke AFB flight paths providing some visual entertainment. Again thanks to Linda it was nice to cruise along without needing to focus on directions, if it was closer I’m sure I would revisit often. FYI peanut brittle beer better than anticipated!
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Jan 09 2021
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Skyline Regional Ramble, AZ 
Skyline Regional Ramble, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking15.80 Miles 3,486 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.60 mph
3,486 ft AEG      29 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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I was a little apprehensive about trying here, knowing that it could possibly be crowded. With a pre-dawn start and temps in the low 40's, there were only a hand full of cars in the main lot. about a mile or two in, we passed a group with 3 mothers and 5 or so 8-10 year olds. They were finishing up after a 5:30am start with their kids. Surprisingly, all in the group looked happy. On the Granite Falls trail, we never did see the falls. I'm not sure they exist.

First up was Pyrite Peak. Great views to the west and south. We continued our CW trek, loosing altitude, the sun behind the mountain and some warmth.

The saddle at the Valley Vista Trail seems to be popular and had the most people we'd seen all day. There was plenty of room to navigate safely through the 10 or so people there. At the Valley Vista Peak, we met a nice young lady (Karibou) and her German Shepard. She was quite impressed with Joe's Google rating. Swipe left for me. More good views here.

The third peak on the day was Javelina Peak. This was my favorite climb of the day. Steeper than the others and an impressive tread all the way up. the last 500' or so get noticeably steeper, but we saw a lady at the top with a small human in a backpack. This summit provides good views to the NE to the SE.

Overall impression of the park.
- The park was not too crowded and for anyone you came across, it was relatively easy to maintain at least 6'.
- The trails are wide and well groomed throughout.
- There is informative signage. I found that with the many, many trails out there, it was easier to consult the GPS for turns to keep on our planned route.
- Dog Friendly, we saw many, all on leashes.

Great temps (41-66), great trails for a "City" hike. Worth a try for any of you that are looking for something different, not too far away.
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Jan 09 2021
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Skyline Regional Ramble, AZ 
Skyline Regional Ramble, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2021
joebartels
Hiking15.80 Miles 3,486 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.60 mph
3,486 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
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We did a near reverse of the grand tour loop I hiked with Linda and Denny in March 2019. The park was just over half full based on parking. It didn't pick up much throughout the day either. A fair percentage did the mut on a rope polka dance. Maybe two? mountain bikers and just a couple of low-key runners. Music sharing? was limited to one guy we figured we'd breeze by but he held well to a saddle. Everything still feels perfect in this park. West-Cali-Valley never disappoints. The unique Estrella view along with intriguing western views are worthy alone.
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Oct 13 2020
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Valley Vista Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 13 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.21 Miles 242 AEG
Run/Jog4.21 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.89 mph
242 ft AEG
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After work jog. Did a CCW loop on the Turnbuckle and hit the Valley Vista from the saddle. Nice climb on the Turnbuckle. In the shadows of the hill for most of it, which made it quite pleasant. 34 minutes to summit. Met 7 hikers...not too bad for a weekday afternoon. Chipmunks and lizards We’re the only wildlife to be seen....no mountain lions......note to self, no trail running in Utah! :lol:
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Oct 13 2020
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Crest Summit and Valley Vista-Skyline RP, AZ 
Crest Summit and Valley Vista-Skyline RP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,670 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   2.47 mph
1,670 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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The main parking area and overflow into the horse lot was more than 90% full when we started around 0830. Warm, but breezy. Headed east on Quartz Mine, then north on Skyline Crest. Side trip to Crest Summit. Skyline Crest is quite enjoyable, one of my favorites in this park. West on Lost Creek for a short distance, then west on the north end of Mountain Wash. West on Turnbuckle up to the turn to Valley Vista. Always good views from Valley Vista, but the sky was very hazy. Retraced our steps back down to Mountain Wash, then took that back to the parking area. Only six cars left in the entire park when we finished around 1115. Hot by the finish, but the breeze helped.
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Apr 02 2020
SaguaroToSomo
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61 male
 Joined Oct 08 2016
 Mesa,AZ
Pyrite Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2020
SaguaroToSomo
Hiking8.30 Miles
Hiking8.30 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.21 mph
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1st trip
I wanted to get out and explore Skyline since reading the triplogs about it, and I'm glad I read the recommendations for Pyrite. Started about 6:15, so I got to see the sun slowly lighting up the ridges all around. Pyrite was great; nice views, and plenty of climbing but not too steep. There was a breeze from the southwest, so the views in the Buckeye area were clear for a long ways, and the pollution was pooled up in the Valley. After coming down from Pyrite Summit, I followed various trails to get over to Valley Vista, which also had great views all around. Thought about adding Crest, but it was starting to get warm (and I've had sadly few hikes with much distance since last summer) so I just finished on Mountain Wash. Pleasant desert scenery on all the trails, but the two ridges -- Pyrite and Valley Vista -- were my favorite.
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Dec 30 2019
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Skyline Crest and Valley Vista, AZ 
Skyline Crest and Valley Vista, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking6.87 Miles 1,667 AEG
Hiking6.87 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   1.53 mph
1,667 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Nice hike with the kids. From the main parking area, we headed east on Quartz Mine, then north on Skyline Crest with a side trip to Crest Summit. At the north end of Skyline Crest, we went west on Lost Creek, then west on Mountain Wash. up Turnbuckle to Valley Vista. Came back down the east side of Turnbuckle to get back to the trailhead. Easy hiking for the kids, and most of the trails we covered are in good condition. One kid complained a little due to being cold, despite two earlier warnings from me to wear warmer pants. Nobody froze to death. I promised them that this would be the last hike they’d have to do this year, but I don’t think they realize January is only two days away.
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Mar 31 2019
trekkin_gecko
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62 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ 
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2019
trekkin_gecko
Hiking11.60 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   3.05 mph
2,800 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
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1st trip
john and i did a modified version of @lindaann's outer loop
we left off the pyrite summit; will have to go back for that and part of quartz
smooth, easy hiking after last week's off trail : rambo :
quartz, tortuga, javelina summit, crest summit and granite falls were new to me
last time i was here, skyline was under construction [ photo ]
started at 0600, finished around 1000, eating breakfast at the brass rail by 1100, home by noon
not a bad morning at all :)
thanks, john - good times
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Mar 31 2019
johnlp
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 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ 
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2019
johnlp
Hiking11.60 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   3.05 mph
2,800 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
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1st trip
First time hiking in Skyline Regional Park. I like it. Nice spot to hike for west valley residents. Looks like you can camp at the trailhead, but beware the maintenance guy had his leaf blower blaring before 6 AM. :o
Enjoyed the trails. Thanks Kelly. :)
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Mar 21 2019
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
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
 
1st trip
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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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Mar 21 2019
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ 
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking14.69 Miles 3,491 AEG
Hiking14.69 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   2.88 mph
3,491 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Headed to Buckeye - the west side's version of Apache Junction. Today was my first time to Skyline Regional Park. I'd hiked in the area as a teenager, but that was 20+ years ago, so basically all new to me.

We met at the trailhead at 6:00 and got started on Quartz Mine trail. Took Quartz Mine for about 1.5 miles. Smooth trail, with some ups and downs, but pretty easy.

Got on Tortuga Trail for about half a mile. A little more uphill on Tortuga, but still nice.

Turned on the trail up to Javelina Summit. Great little uphill hike, gaining more than 700' in just under a mile. The sun had just risen by the time we reached the top. Good views of the West Valley. Joe gazed longingly at Squaw Peak.

Headed back down and retraced our steps along Tortuga and a little bit of Quartz Mine over to Skyline Crest Trail. Headed north-northwest up some switchbacks, regaining most of the elevation we had just lost.

Took a short side trip over to Crest Summit, could see that the parking lot below had started to fill up, then continued north on Skyline Crest. This trail has some nice views to both the east and west.

Turned west on Lost Creek, then Mountain Wash, then Turnbuckle. These all kind of blended together, gaining and losing short bits of elevation as we headed west, following old Jeep roads in places.

Up at the turn onto Valley Vista, we took that to our third (and highest) summit of the day. This one may have been my favorite. Headed back to Turnbuckle, then continued west and downhill. At the bottom of this downhill, you could head straight south back to the parking lot and get a nice 9-10 mile loop with 3 summits--might be an option for future weekday hikes once the Loop-202 is completed.

Continued west on Granite Falls and Chuckwalla, again crossing Jeep roads at times. Finally, at about 9.50 miles into the hike, we saw some poppies.

From Chuckwalla, we turned onto Pyrite and started going uphill again. I may have held back tears. Yes, I planned this route, but the last uphill was tiring for me. Turned onto Pyrite Summit and headed to the final summit of the day. Returned back to Pyrite then headed down. I really liked this section of Pyrite, it followed a ridge downhill, with lots of cholla, and dodder in several places. Denny was seeing rocks that looked like javelinas. I saw the rock, but wasn't seeing what he was seeing from his angle--Joe asked him if he'd been drinking enough water.

Once back down, we headed east on Granite Falls, then Turnbuckle, then Mountain Wash back to the trailhead. These three kind of blended together too. Some ups and downs across some washes, and it seemed to take forever for the parking lot to get closer. Saw several people through this section, but had only seen a few people up until this point. We finished up just before 11:30 to a nearly full parking lot.

Overall, a nice hike, and it was better than I had expected a city park would be. Buckeye did a nice job with these trails, and it was pleasant hiking with the perfect temperatures and abundance of spring flowers. There are a lot of trail options to make a hike as long or short, or easy or difficult, as you would like. Good day, and great company
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Mar 21 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ 
Outer Loop - Skyline Regional Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking14.69 Miles 3,491 AEG
Hiking14.69 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   2.88 mph
3,491 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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1st trip
Linda threw a nice loop together in a park I didn’t even know was here. Joe joined in on the fun. We really got our money’s worth on this one. Lots of trails , almost 15 miles and four summits. The trails are in excellent shape Great weather and company made for a very enjoyable outing. Although I’m very sore today. Not use to Hikes this size anymore. Thanks, you guys rock!!
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Jan 14 2019
norm5715
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Quartz Mine Loop Skyline Reagional Park, AZ 
Quartz Mine Loop Skyline Reagional Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2019
norm5715
Hiking8.79 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking8.79 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.72 mph
2,150 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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This hike is at Skyline Regional Park and combines Quartz Mine/Lost Creek/Mountain Wash/Turnbuckle/Valley Vista/Turnbuckle/Mountain Wash/Lost Creek/Skyline Crest/Crest Summit/Quartz Mine to make a Lollipop loop.

The hike also includes two spurs to make a total of 9.1 mile. However, I didn't do the last part of the last spur.

The hike is quite difficult and includes several steep hills. However, the trail is easy to walk and not too rocky.

The weather was cloudy about mid 60's. At times the winds were gusty and made us feel chilly.

The desert is green and lush, due to the rains.

The park is well maintained and does have nice facilities, and best of all there were no pay stations.
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PatrickL
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 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Valley Vista Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2018
PatrickL
Hiking3.85 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   3.16 mph
850 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 
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kingsnake
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59 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Turnbuckle Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2018
kingsnake
Hiking7.39 Miles 1,239 AEG
Hiking7.39 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.61 mph
1,239 ft AEG
 
1st trip
To (mostly) avoid the hell that is I-10, I drove an extra 30 miles to get to Skyline. First, I headed north out of Phoenix to I-303. I took that around the northwest corner of Phoenix to the far west end of Bell Rd., in Surprise. There’s a lot less traffic on I-303 than I-101. (Taking the 303 also avoided the hell that is Bell Rd. through Sun City.) Heading west, Bell Rd. turns into Sun Valley Parkway, which loops around the west side of the White Tanks. Sun Valley Parkway is four separated lanes, mostly 55 mph. Doing the speed limit, I was passed by a school bus. 🙄

On the way into Skyline Regional Park, on Watson Rd., I passed a cluster of cop cars off to the side. Good thing I was still doing the speed limit. (When I left, four hours later, they were still there: I wonder what was going on?)

Turnbuckle Trail was so wide & well-groomed Sonja Henie could have skated on it. If it was 50° colder. And Phoenix actually got some moisture that could be turned into ice. In any case, most of the pedestrian traffic seemed to be heading up Turnbuckle towards the Valley Vista Trail saddle.

Granite Falls Trail was not quite as wide or well groomed as Turnbuckle, but it was still no look walking, except when crossing washes. The lack of ankle breakers makes the whole Skyline trail system ideal for trail runners, though I did not see any people off of Turnbuckle.

Chuckwalla Trail, which swings out wide to the west, is similar to Granite Falls, but with fewer wash crossings. Both Chuckwalla and Granite Falls do, however, cross many jeep trails. Skyline Regional Park has trail signs every ¼ mile: It is near impossible to get lost. If you hike for more than five minutes without seeing a trail sign, head back to where you made your last turn. Chuckwalla climbs 200 ft. — man the defibrillator! — in 1.25 miles to Indian School Rd. I’m serious. That’s what it is, even though it looks like just another old jeep trail. From Indian School Rd., Chuckwalla turns back east, for a mile, until it connects back to the north end of Granite Falls.

It was on Chuckwalla Trail that I realized Skyline Regional Park had no flowers (yet anyway). There were mountains, and hills, but no interesting rock formations. There was one jeep trail into a wash that looked like it would be fun to ramp on a mountain bike, but I never saw a single MTB all day, not even in the parking lot. Nor did I see any horses. (Though I did see tracks for both.) In other words, there really wasn’t much to photograph other than saguaro. So, that is what I did.

After a few minutes Granite Falls connects back to Turnbuckle. From that intersection to the Valley Vista Trail summit, is a 700 ft. climb in about a mile. However, Turnbuckle — or Turn-BACK-le as I kept malapropping it in the hike video 🤪 — has a jillion switchbacks, so while a good blow, it is not too steep.

Valley Vista Trail is the rockiest, narrowest, trail I hiked on in Skyline, but no worse than going up the south side of Shaw Butte. There is another guide post at the summit, but I went about 100 yds. past that. It requires some very minor scrambling, but is level, and leads to a much more panoramic view of Skyline Regional Park and points south. Unfortunately, the distant view was obscured by awful smog along the I-10 corridor. It was so bad, I could barely make out the Estrella Mountains, only 10 miles away. I could see Luke Air Force Base to the east. Several pairs of F-16s blasted overhead during my hike, but I could never deploy my camera fast enough to get decent video of them. 😕

While taking a break at the Valley Vista lookout, I dropped my camera. 😣 Then the battery on my crappy Garmin 62S nearly died. 😕 My backup batteries were dead. 😡 I cut my break short, put the 1-bar batteries back in the GPS, then hauled ass back down Valley Vista Trail. Rather than continue my loop to Skyline Crest Trail, I bailed down Turnbuckle towards the trailhead. I was a quarter mile away when the 1-bar GPS batteries went kaput. I got to my car and couldn’t find my phone. 😱 Panic set in. :pk: , I thought I would have to back track two miles and 900 AEG — one way — to the lookout, and hope my phone had not grown legs. 🙏🏻 After much 🤬, I found my phone in the bottom of my pack. 😍 Hiking! 😉

Hike Video: [ youtube video ]
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I've seen some brittlebush elsewhere in the Valley, but despite the high temps this week, zilch in Skyline RP.
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DarthStiller
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51 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Valley Vista Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking10.50 Miles 2,181 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.38 mph
2,181 ft AEG
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1st trip
Went out to Skyline RP for the first time. Got started before dawn at about 6:35am, 32 degrees. Hiked the first mile in the dark got over two miles in before the direct sunlight was on me. From the main TH, I took the Bridge Bypass Trail to the Granite Falls Trail, then hiked the Chuckwalla Trail all the way and back around to the top end of the Granite Falls Trail again. then took the Turnbuckle Trail up to the Valley Vista Trail, where I went up to the peak and got some good views. It was interesting to see different views of the Estrellas, and be able to see farther west than I normally can. The views of the Supes, 4Peaks, Mazzies and Camelback were the same, but much smaller. At one point I had a view of Red Mountain by Fountain Hills just beyond Camelback. The wind was blowing pretty good up top, making put the hoodie up a necessity.

From the peak I took the Turnbuckle to the Mountain Wash Trail, then the Lost Creek to the Quartz Mine Trail and back to the TH. Didn't see any hikers until I was nearly to the high end of the Turnbuckle Trail, then there were a bunch. Saw some new trail construction and signs indicating that, so it looks like there will be more trails here in the years to come. Nice to get out and check out a new area I've never been to before.
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 Guides 7
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 Photos 1,437
 Triplogs 402

29 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Valley Vista Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
PatrickL
Hiking3.85 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   3.08 mph
850 ft AEG
 
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6 minutes faster than last week.
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Nov 19 2017
PatrickL
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 Guides 7
 Routes 61
 Photos 1,437
 Triplogs 402

29 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Valley Vista Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2017
PatrickL
Hiking3.85 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   2.85 mph
850 ft AEG
 
no photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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May 28 2017
mt98dew
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 Guides 22
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,726

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Valley Vista Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 28 2017
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.19 Miles 238 AEG
Run/Jog4.19 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   3.99 mph
238 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Morning run in the Skyline. Did the Turnbuckle CW and hit the Vista while I was up there. Tried to run this. But I am not in league with the FBC. The back end of the Turnbuckle gets me every time. Though I think I made it farther this time than the previous attempt. Still felt good getting out and jogging. Weather was perfect again. I was still in the morning shadows for most of the run. Saw a coyote bedding down fo the night and met a few hikers heading up as I was heading down.
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average hiking speed 2.48 mph
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