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Jul 04 2019
Nightstalker
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 Routes 71
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Skyline Crest - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   2.56 mph
1,125 ft AEG      27 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Got out with the Harem for a 4th of July hike near my new Goodyear home. Moved in the previous Saturday (June 29th), I needed a break from unpacking and hanging ceiling fans! Parking lot was full @ 6am.
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Apr 26 2019
Stoic
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 Routes 200
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43 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Watson Overlook - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2019
Stoic
Hiking1.80 Miles 460 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles      28 Mns   3.86 mph
460 ft AEG
 
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A short hike/jog after work.
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Mar 31 2019
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
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61 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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 Photos 4,157
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62 male
 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 24 2019
Booneman
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Crest Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 24 2019
Booneman
Run/Jog10.00 Miles 1,789 AEG
Run/Jog10.00 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   5.22 mph
1,789 ft AEG
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1st trip
I took Denny and Joe's recommendation and explored Skyline this morning. What an amazing little park with a big mountain feel. I really enjoyed these trails, especially Skyline Crest!
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Mar 22 2019
kingsnake
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Mountain Wash Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2019
kingsnake
Hiking8.47 Miles 1,815 AEG
Hiking8.47 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.42 mph
1,815 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Not sure where to look for flowers this week, and not having been to Skyline Regional Park in over a year, I decided schlep back out to Buckeye. In case flowers were thin in the White Tank foothills, I added the Verrado Petroglyphs to my route, so I could guarantee some interesting photos. I also added the Crest Summit Trail, hoping for extra elevation gain and some nice views. 📷

There were a ton of fluffy, yellow, desert marigold at the trailhead.

While getting ready at the Skyline Regional Park trailhead, I saw what I thought was a poo pumper truck. Not quite. As I passed by the restrooms — actual running water & flush toilets! — I saw the truck, next to which was a guy in a wetsuit & silver dive helmet, with hoses coming out of it. I thought maybe they were filming a commercial, but instead the diver climbed into a tiny pipe & disappeared! (I found out later that the diver was clearing blockages in the water / sewer line.)

Skyline Regional Park was not in “super bloom”, but on Mountain Wash Trail I did spot what looked like a pink lupine, globe chamomile, brittlebush (of course), and Fremont’s pincushion (?) — a white, difficult to photograph, flower that looked like a small carnation.

Flowers on Lost Creek Trail included California sun cup, scorpionweed, Mexican gold poppy, Fremont’s pincushion (?) and scads of lupine. I even saw one lupine patch growing in the middle of the old jeep trail! 🤗

SOB Trail is a marked, but apparently unofficial, MTB trail along the eastern boundary of Skyline Regional Park. It switchbacks 225 ft. in a mile to a saddle on the west slope of Hill 1976. SOB Trail then follows the contour for a ½ mile to Hill 1976’s east slope, where there is a rocky foot trail that connects the Verrado Petroglyphs back to the old jeep trail. SOB Trail was a pleasant stroll.

A razor wire-topped fence makes it difficult to photograph the Verrado Petroglyphs. Not only due to distance, with my crappy pocket camera, but also angle, as many of the etchings are high on the varnished rock formation.

I really don’t like rocky trails — they are hard on the feet, and there’s always the threat of breaking an ankle — but I followed it from the Verrado Petroglyphs 200 ft. down to the old jeep trail. In a ¼ mile, I was at the SOB Trail sign, back in Skyline Regional Park.

On the 400 ft. climb back up Lost Creek Trail, I was passed by a sheriff’s deputy in a weight vest. 😅

The handful of steep little 50 ft. climbs on Skyline Crest do not come close to justifying its “difficult” rating. It’s mostly level, then downhill to Quartz Mine Trail. (Done the opposite direction, south to north, the climb is 250 ft. in a ⅓ of a mile, or the same as moderate rated Lost Creek Trail.)

I loved Skyline Crest Trail! It winds along the spine of the ridge, each twist revealing a new, awesome view: southwest towards the Eagletail Mountains, south to the Gila Bend Mountains, southeast to South Mountain, and east into Phoenix. ⛰

Though not reaching “super bloom” levels, there were scads of flowers on Skyline Crest Trail: desert tobacco, desert globemallow, scorpionweed, desert chicory, and the only decent ocotillo I spotted all day. (Most ocotillo blooms I saw were fading to brown.)

At the top of Crest Summit Trail, I found a fairly smooth back supporting rock to recline against, and sat down for lunch and a hiking beer, while enjoying the spacious view.

I blasted through Quartz Mine Trail, 1.4 miles to the trailhead, in only 30 minutes. There may have been a few flowers on Quartz Mine Trail, but I had already got what I came for, and so wasn’t much interested in spending time looking. 😉

Hike & 💐 Video: [ youtube video ]
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Mar 21 2019
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 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
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
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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39 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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 Routes 78
 Photos 7,201
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57 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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Feb 28 2019
aliqat
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 Photos 38
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67 male
 Joined Nov 02 2015
 Wittmann Arizona
Quartz Mine - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2019
aliqat
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,258 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.14 mph
1,258 ft AEG      52 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
This hike is called Quartz Mine Trail to Javelina Peak. There were only two others besides myself on this trail. One should have some type of mapping system so you don’t take a wrong turn at the various junctions. There are several junctions that are marked, however not until the last junction do any state Javelina Peak. The trail does not have the amount of loose rocks other trails have. Due to the cooler temperatures and the amount of rain, the trail was bordered with Green Plants and flowers: It’s a very scenic trail with great views, that get better the higher you are. Going up the last half mile to the summit gains around 600’, and is very steep.

Once on top you can see Goodyear, Glendale and several mountain ranges. The F16’s and F35’s from Luke fly over the area quite often and are not that far above you. I liked watching them fly over. There is a marker at the summit and a tin under a rock where you can sign your name and date. The first 200’ of decent requires care as a slip there would hurt. I will do this hike again because of the beauty and lack of crowds.
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All along the trail, White, two types of Yellow, flowers , as well as two types of Purple flowers, and many types of Green plants. There also lots of barrel Cactus and huge Saguaros.
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Jan 14 2019
norm5715
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 Joined Jan 27 2014
 
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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1st trip
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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Aug 19 2018
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Quartz Mine - 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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Apr 20 2018
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Skyline Crest-Quartz Mine-Turnbuckle Trail, AZ 
Skyline Crest-Quartz Mine-Turnbuckle Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking8.81 Miles 2,070 AEG
Hiking8.81 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   2.00 mph
2,070 ft AEG      42 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Apr 05 2018
Stoic
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 Routes 200
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43 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Quartz Mine - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2018
Stoic
Hiking4.20 Miles 835 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.40 mph
835 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Another morning hike with the pups. We hiked the Quartz Mine trail to the Mountain Wash trail.
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Mar 11 2018
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Skyline Crest - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking10.20 Miles 1,848 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.31 mph
1,848 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Decided to take another trip out to the west side again to hike the rest of the trails at Skyline Regional Park that I didn't get to on my first visit. Earlier in the week I texted my old pre-HAZ days hiking buddy and former co-worker Ted to see if he was interested. To my surprise, he was in! :y: Another former co-worker, Luigi, was also supposed to join us. However, he gave the infamous Saturday night bail out text to Ted about 9:30pm, complaining about a bad shoulder and torn meniscus. It is suspected (however, not confirmed) that alcohol was involved during the time the text was sent. :-k :lol:

During the drive out on I-10, there was a steady drizzle of rain, with occasional bursts that required higher windshield wiper speeds. We started at 6:40am, with enough daylight to not need a headlamp. There was a very light mist of rain, more like a heavy fog. I decided to start hiking with my new rain jacket that I got for Christmas just in case (and also, just because).

Within an hour, the clouds had cleared and the sun was out pretty bright. We still had some patches of shade since we started out heading west on the Granite Falls Trail and then north on the Turnbuckle. After about 2-3 miles, it was time to shed the rain jacket and put up my sun protection hood. The clouds came by later and gave some occasional softer light from the sun, but it was mostly pretty sunny after the first hour.

Our route was west on Granite Falls, north on Turnbuckle, east on Granite Falls, north on Mountain Wash, south on Turnbuckle (east part of the loop), north again on Mountain Wash (made a loop), east on Lost Creek, south/east on Skyline Crest, hit the Crest Summit, then west on Quartz Mine and Parking Lot connector trails.

The views on the Skyline Crest Trail were the best. Obviously the higher elevation and views helped, but also at that the clouds began to roll in again, casting some really nice shadows over the park and hitting the top of the White Tank Mountains.

After the hike we hit Rudy's BBQ for a fantastic lunch. Gotta make a mental footnote to hit there again for future hikes.
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Nov 23 2017
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Skyline Regional Park Loop, AZ 
Skyline Regional Park Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2017
Nightstalker
Hiking5.36 Miles 1,339 AEG
Hiking5.36 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.68 mph
1,339 ft AEG      12 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Made a nice little 5 mile 1300' AEG loop in Buckeye for turkey day morning. Joined by the dream team, Maria, Carey, and Yolanda. Parking lot was already pretty full at 6:45am!
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Quartz Mine - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 12 2017
mt98dew
Run/Jog5.01 Miles 523 AEG
Run/Jog5.01 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   4.62 mph
523 ft AEG
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Early morning jog, or at least, I thought it was early. Parked at Ramada 1&2 and had that parking area all to myself (all 8 spots). I start my jog on the Quartz Mine Trail, taking it north and east around a small hill that it circles only to see about 20 cars in the main parking lot. :o I was out there 10 minutes before sunrise, and there was at least 20 people out there before me. I've never seen this lot, that full so early before.

I was planning on doing a loop starting with the Quartz Mine Trail. This was my first time doing this trail in its entirety. Nice trail to run; well graded, some decent elevation change and apparently not used by many. Didn't see my first hiker until I was over 2 miles into my run. Came across a new trail that is under construction about 1.5 miles in from the starting point. Looks like it will swing even further east than the Quartz does. From Quartz, I took Lost Creek Trail up and over a saddle down to Mountain Wash Trail. Lost Creek is a :pk: It is all about getting over the saddle without the benefit of switch backs. This a former road converted into a trail. It's not the steepest trail in the park, but it got me walking at the end :( (I've come to the depressing realization that I can't jog most of the trails, in their entirety, in this park...and this is one of them). The Mountain Wash Trail is a nice trail to take back to the lot. All downhill, but rather gradual, so it is not too hard on the knees.

For all the cars in the lot, only saw 8 people all together. The weather was great with a nice breeze. Nice to cross another trail off the list.
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Sep 07 2017
Stoic
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43 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Quartz Mine - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2017
Stoic
Hiking5.70 Miles 671 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.28 mph
671 ft AEG
 
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A quick hike after work.
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Aug 20 2017
PatrickL
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28 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Crest Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2017
PatrickL
Hiking3.30 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   3.25 mph
820 ft AEG
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Parked off the road just inside the park gate. Had 10 minutes of light left and the rest was via headlamp. On the way down, I noticed two glaring eyes in the brush up ahead - luckily it was only a fox.
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Apr 13 2017
Stoic
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 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Quartz Mine - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2017
Stoic
Hiking6.65 Miles 1,471 AEG
Hiking6.65 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.85 mph
1,471 ft AEG
 
First trip out to Skyline Regional Park. The pups and I headed up Quartz trail and back down on the Skyline Crest Trail. We also hit the two short summit trails alone the way...
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