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Sep 09 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Skyline Crest Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2021
PatrickL
Hiking4.30 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   2.37 mph
1,050 ft AEG
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Clockwise from Mountain Wash. Nice and breezy along the ridge.
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Jul 22 2021
PatrickL
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30 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Crest Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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PatrickL
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,080 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.71 mph
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Crest loop beginning at the first stop sign
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May 30 2021
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Crest Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2021
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Hiking4.22 Miles 215 AEG
Hiking4.22 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   3.52 mph
215 ft AEG
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Early morning hike out at at Skyline Park. Got out there a little before 5:30...plenty of daylight by that time. Did a loop incorporating the Crest Summit. The knees were talking to me when I got out of bed so I took it easy on the loop, or as easy as the loop would let me. Went CCW, first on the Quartz Mine Trail. I lost a little elevation initially, but I got it all back on my to the Skyline Crest trail. This trail is a very aggressive climb on its way to the ridgeline. Several steep switchbacks. I was in the mountain shadows for most of this climb, but the warming sun actually felt good when it hit me. Next, I did the Crest Summit. Short, only .17 miles, but steep in sections. Nice views to the south and west. Air quality not too bad today. After the Summit continued along the Skyline Crest. Nice ridge trail. Views to the east opened up along the way. Noticed a single track trail just east of the Skyline Park perimeter, (near the terminus of the Lost Creek trail) that might be worth checking out....I think it might tie into the trail involving the description for Peak 1976. Took the Lost Creek Trail west (this is basically a road) to the Mountain Wash Trail which is also, basically a road. Neither of these last trails are all that inspiring but they make for a nice loop. Weather was great. Low 70’s. Encountered 11 hikers. That number is not too bad considering the parking lot was near capacity when I got back. Wildlife was minimal....a rabbit and some lizards.
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Jan 12 2021
LindaAnn
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41 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
 
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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 12 2021
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Skyline RP - eastern half, AZ 
Skyline RP - eastern half, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2021
tibber
Hiking8.73 Miles 2,309 AEG
Hiking8.73 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   2.04 mph
2,309 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
 
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AEG day for me, but you all know that when you hike with Linda :lol: . She was kind enough to put together some route options and I invited Daytripper as he had not been in the area either. He had the longest drive so we wanted the hike to be worth that drive time and I do believe it was.

Linda had us do a warm-up hill first, Watson Overlook, before the very windy and slightly chilly hike on the Quartz Mine Trail toward Javelina which, of course, was the highest mountain in the Park. It was very typical desert around us though the level of flora was minimal. We did have great distant views and the sky was mostly clear.

On the way we passed four hikers as we made our way to the Tortuga Trail where we could start the climb up to the Javelina Summit. Fortunately it has some nice little switchbacks so I could catch my breath. Linda and Tom led the way but would stop occasionally to make sure I was still coming. The climb was not bad with occasional flat parts and of course the views changed as I switchbacked my way up. I wasn't fooled by the false-looking summits either. That last little scramble to the real summit was short; is a worthy summit indeed. The jets were out flying today off and on as well so that was fun to watch. The summit wasn't windy at all like the rest of the hike had been so far.

And now we had to go all the way down and seemingly 1/2 way back to where we started only to climb again. But I knew this would be the highlight of our hike so it was motivation to keep my legs moving up the Skyline Crest Trail to catch up with Linda and Tom; all the while stopping to get a photo or two. And we finally arrive at the Ridge only to have to go UP again to check out the Crest Trail. Here we took a snack break. It was interesting that the wind wasn't blowing on the summits.

The Skyline Crest Trail really is quite something with its display of rockery, the views and chubby cholla. I noticed that most of the traffic was coming toward us so that must be the more popular way to go. We continued NW and then SW on the Skyline Crest that truly is very ridge-like. We met up with the Lost Creek Trail and took it downward until we joined up with the Mountainwash Trail. Here I finally took off my down vest for this next part of the ascent which is on an old road. We reached another junction and Linda gave us the option of another 700ft or back to the TH. Tom went for the next 700, I remained here but meandered up the little ridge to wait for them rather than going back to the TH.

I enjoyed my little break and took several pics of them coming and going. I pulled out my umbrella as I had left my hat at Tonto 3. Soon I heard, saw and than photographed two hawks. I checked my email and saw that I got the Granite Park Chalet reservation I put in for on Monday; it's first come first served. I emailed my friend in Calgary to let her know as well as send her a picture of where Linda and Tom were hiking up the Valley Vista Trail. There were other hikers coming and going around this area as well.

Tom and Linda made good time and I hiked down from my perch to meet them back at the junction where we headed down the Turnbuckle Trail, cool name I think. This trail was pretty rocky in spots and we did meet a few hikers along the way until we finally hit the level again. You cross quite the bridge to get to the parking lot. I poured my AZ Wilderness Peanut Brittle beer into three glasses and we cheered the great day we had before heading home.

I took quite a few pictures as it appears the others were more into hiking. I called them the thoroughbreds and I was the old nag coming along behind :lol: . I should also mention that from the various high points you could see all the way to the Sierra Estrellas and the Seven Mile Range and Table Top Mountain. You could see Woolsley, Saddle Mountain and the Eagle Tails and also Big Horn Peak. And of course, to the north and east you could see all the usual suspects. Skyline is a nice regional park out there and I'll be back as the drive isn't too bad for me, under an hour; altho it seems longer.

And when I got home, my friend in Calgary sent me the email that we got our reservation at Sperry Chalet :) which was also on a first come, first serve basis. To increase our chances we put in for workshops, Granite includes the workshop to the Ahern Drift along the Highline Trail and the Sperry includes a workshop to Sperry Glacier. Now we just have to fill in the hole between the two Chalet stays which means going thru the backcountry permit lottery March 15th. But I digress.

WATCH: 8.2 miles in 5:38, 118 avg bpm, 160 max (I was surprised I didn't spend more time at max: 47 Zone 5, 1 hr Zone 4, 1:35 in Zone 3 (aerobic) and 1:26 in Zone 2 (weight control) burning 1820 calories. Temp at start 44.9 and 29% humidity finishing at 2:13PM
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Oct 13 2020
LindaAnn
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41 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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Dec 30 2019
LindaAnn
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41 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
 
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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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Jul 04 2019
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Skyline Crest Trail - 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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Mar 31 2019
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63 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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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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64 male
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 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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40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Crest Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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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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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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kingsnake
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59 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: https://vimeo.com/492802367
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Mar 21 2019
LindaAnn
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 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
 
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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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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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DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
Skyline Crest Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
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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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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, 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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1st trip
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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Sep 03 2017
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Crest Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2017
mt98dew
Hiking5.11 Miles 730 AEG
Hiking5.11 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   3.98 mph
730 ft AEG
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Did a loop very similar a couple of weeks ago only logged it under the Skyline Crest Trail. Got there around 6 am. There was already 5 cars in the lot when I got there, with more pulling in. I parked at the Quartz TH, which is the first ramada/parking area you'll see as you drive into the park. I took the Quartz Trail (which is the trail that initially heads in a northward direction) all the way to the Skyline Crest Trail. I was able to jog this and the first two switchbacks on the Crest Trail and then had to hike the rest of the way to the summit. There really isn't a lot of elevation change in this hike, but almost all of it comes with the Crest and Summit trails. My hope is to be able add a switchback with every attempt. Took me 38 minutes to reach the top. From there, it's all very joggable, as I took the rest of the Crest over to Lost Creek and then Mountain Wash back to the lot. I had to go through the lot and hop back on the Quartz for the last .2 miles to finish the "loop". Weather was very nice! A little humid, but there was a nice breeze out for most of the run. Saw one little 5in. snake sunning itself on the trail.
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Aug 20 2017
PatrickL
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 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Crest Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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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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