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Skyline Crest

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (2)

A run along the ridgeline that delivers continual panoramic views.


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

80%

Runnable

2,100' 640 m

High

1,604' 489 m

Low

108' 33 m

Up

498' 152 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The park is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Entrance to the park is free.

Runner Notes

Be careful of your footing as the terrain can be uneven, rocky, and full of loose gravel in some spots.

Description

This is arguably the most interesting trail in the entire park. If you plan to run the trail for the first time, I recommend you start at Lost Creek and head south toward Quartz Mine as the views are better in this direction.

The trail is well-maintained and fairly flat for the first three-quarters of the trek. It makes a healthy descent of about 400 feet as you get closer to Quartz Mine. If you are heading north, you'll start this trail by making a nice uphill climb.

Regardless of the direction you travel, you'll be rewarded with some great views of the surrounding area. And since you are here anyway, a little side trip on Crest Summit Trail is recommended to complete the experience.

Flora & Fauna

A variety of desert plants and cacti are plentiful. Watch for squirrels, rabbits, birds, and rattlesnakes.

Contacts

Shared By:

John Parker

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Trees and cacti give this trail some character
Mar 23, 2018 near Buckeye, AZ
Looking toward the ascending trail of Crest Summit
Mar 23, 2018 near Buckeye, AZ
Along Skyline Crest looking Southeast
Mar 23, 2018 near Buckeye, AZ
Along the crest looking southeast
Mar 23, 2018 near Buckeye, AZ

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