trail running

dogs on leash


Great views, good hike. Some up hill, little shade

1 month ago

Nicely maintained trail, easy to follow - just have to pay attention when it forks. Decent workout on a couple of uphill sections, especially with temperatures hitting mid to high 80ies.

nice cool day, nice trail , well maintained trails and trailhead park, fresh water bathrooms.

Nice hike.. our dog enjoyed the views too

Great hike, beautiful city views! We connected to Skyline Crest and climbed the summit as well. Very well marked trails. Good shoes and lots of water are a must!

Nice hike.

Wonderful, beautiful free area for all levels of skill. We'll kept trails, plenty of maps throughout the trails. Highly recommended it.

I really enjoyed this hike! It is amongst my favorite hikes that I’ve done in the valley. This hike is fantastic if you aren’t looking for majestic views of desert but rather cities in the distance. I could see all the way to downtown Phoenix.

This hike is challenging. It is not a straight shot uphill but you do steadily gain elevation. It is relatively “hilly”, so for almost every up there is a down.

It’s easy to get lost if you don’t pay attention. I added on about an extra mile from missing a sign. (It also added another down hill and then climbing back up). The trail is marked very well for those who are always keeping an eye out!

There are parts of the hike that are relatively steep downhill, so it helps to have hiking shoes to provide some grip.

I really want to go back and do the Skyline trail which is off of Quartz Mine.

I highly recommend this hike.

3 months ago

Nice hike, no shade so best shine in the morning hours.

It was a great hike with a nice balance of elevation changes. The view was amazing and the park was extremely clean and was well presented.

On the right day, with a clear sky, beautiful.

My wife, kids (9,11 and 13) and I really enjoy this trail as it provides the right amount workout and difficulty for all. We seem to prefer counterclockwise and save the switchbacks for our decent. This was the first time going to the summit as part of our prep for Camelback. The extra 270 ft of elevation wasn't bad at all and the view was a nice treat.

Have hiked this trail a few times - it is a challenging hike in that you climb 400

Hiking counter clockwise - oh my!!! Stunning.

Good loop

4 months ago

Clockwise offers the best views. Great trail in a great park.

We hiked clockwise on this exposed terrain loop where the steep incline switchbacks lead to the Vista View trail. The effort to the summit was the same as the switchbacks. The desert mountain panoramic views appeared greener after the recent February rain. The east side of the loop was easier than the west side climb because of the natural downhill momentum and gradual decent. Enjoyed this midday hike!
Free parking. Nice restrooms.

on Quartz Mine Trail

4 months ago

A good challenge. A nice break away from busier trails. Looking forward to doing this again. A. favorite in Skyline area.

I hike this trail 2 or 3 Times a week. Counterclockwise gives you the best work out. Morning or late afternoon is the best time to go. It is labeled as hard but it is only hard at the very top.

4 months ago

Such a beautiful park with great trails. The trails are well marked and wide and well maintained and the area is surrounded by mountains. My favorite park in the area. Best of all it is free to get in and parking is good as well as nice restroom facilities. This trail is moderate and there are many offshoots to get onto other trails and tailor your hike to your distance

5 months ago

Really nice park! The trail is very well cared for, clearly defined and well marked. Moderate in difficulty, including the trip to the summit which the sign somehow states is black diamond - it's got loose rock, but you aren't scaling rocks and it's not technical. Great rewarding view from top. Took dogs, great for paws. Nice length, can add on for a longer hike. Nice restroom with running water at trailhead, no fountain that I saw.

This was my second attempt at Turnbuckle (I was out of shape the first time) and it was much more pleasant. The weather wasn’t so good but the trail was well traveled today by many! Loved the views and made it to the Valley Vista which made for great daunting pics.ove this park!

5 months ago

Had my wife with me. Did the basic trail without going to the peak. Took an hour and a half at a leisurely rate. Clockwise you run into some somewhat steep switchbacks near the halfway point. The second half had a steep downhill with some loose rocks as a trail. Didn't see any litter and there was a nice breeze.

Not very busy which I as great for us and the dogs!

6 months ago

Nice trail

Great trail for running. Only real difficult part in the short offshoot to the top.

6 months ago

Weather was perfect and mostly overcast. Trail is well traveled and scenic. The views of Estrella are picturesque. Steady elevation climb. Loved all the stones and colors. I did the loop to Lost Creek and down Mountain Wash. Took 2.5 hours with frequent stops to take pics and one snack break. Saw only maybe 10 other hikers all morning, only 3 on QMT

Nice hike. A little steep for small distance on back side.
Worth doing.

Loved this hike- clockwise was definitely a choice to taking the loop. Valley Vista is also a must- the views are amazing!

free to access, nice basic facilities, well marked trails

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