Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Skyline Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

love this trail. I do it usually 3 times a week. nice and relaxing with a hard switchback section ( if you start to the south). going up to the summit is a bit of a narrow trail and steep but the views are worth it.

It was a very nice morning hike and not very many people at all, probably due to the rain during the previous night and still overcast skies. Most of the trail is easy to moderate and only slightly difficult on the optional summit portion. The whole loop took us a little over 2 hours, which included many photo stops. Great views throughout the hike. Would definitely go back and do again!!

Did this one on New Year’s Eve in the rain. It’s a gorgeous trail, as are all the trails I’ve been to at Skyline. The trek to the summit was doable and I’d love to come back. I didn’t technically do the whole loop, because at some point after the summit I got turned around the way I came, which actually made the trail longer.

Great hike, especially if you go to the summit. The first part of it, Turnbuckle to Granite Falls was boring as it is mostly flat with typical desert scenery. Once you get more into Granite Falls and onto Pyrite, then you really start climbing. The views are outstanding if you go to the summit. You have 360 degree views from up there. Very peaceful. Once I left the summit and got back to the Pyrite trail, I headed towards the Chuckwalla trail.This will take you back to the trailhead through Granite Falls and finally Turnbuckle. This is a long trail, so make sure you have plenty of water and start early. I would do this trail again.

When driving into Skyline Park, you can park at the 1st stop sign and pick up Quartz Trail there, or park at the Discovery area. This trail doesn’t start where the majority of the other Skyline trails start. With that being said, this was a really nice hike. There didn’t seem to be many people on this trail. Great incline headed up to the summit, a real good work out. I definitely benefited from having hiking poles as there was quite a bit of gravel once you start the Javelina portion. The view was well worth my effort. I highly recommend this trail and would do it again.

Awesome

hiking
27 days ago

Really good morning hike! Amazing view! easy enough to get through in the early morning.

Great hike. Simple with enough incline to work you out. The view at the top completely makes it worth it. A long hike so make sure you bring plenty of water. I would definitely do this hike again.

Beautiful views! Not too hard of inclines. Multiple ways to get to the base and to come down. Absolutely beautiful panoramic views from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail starts off simple enough. Then gives you a good workout. Offers some spectacular views. It’s worth it to get to the top. A great hike overall! I would hike this trail again.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail! I had no idea it was going to be such a fun hike. It had it all - elevation gains, amazing views, the trail route is on a cliff, and everyone was really friendly. I can’t say enough good about it. Instantly became a favorite of mine. You must trek up to the peak, the view is worth the trip. I will definitely hike this trail again!

hiking
1 month ago

We have done a few hikes with our Boxer in the West Valley and this was one our favorites. Not so challenging that it tuckered our pup out halfway through but challenging enough that we felt like we got a decent workout in. The trails are clearly marked with mini maps on each post. We ended up taking Mountain Wash to Turnbuckle and took Turnbuckle back to the trailhead. It wasn't too crowded as we went at 10 am on a Sunday in December. We are looking forward to our next trip to Skyline to try out the other trails!

Great hike! Beautiful views and today’s weather was perfect.

Great hike with good elevation changes

This trail is nice, had a section that is moderately difficult for a beginer hiker, but can be done.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for all levels; beginner through expert.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, fun hike for those desert views. A moderate climb, with the switchbacks really making your body work. We did the optional summit climb, a little steep but worth it for the views. Nicely situated park without looking in neighborhoods like other hikes I have been on. Lots of trails here, picnic table areas and clean restrooms. Recommend this place!

hiking
2 months ago

First and foremost, it's free. I'll never pay to walk around in nature. Overall not too bad, though the increase in elevation can get a little steep at times, especially on some of the switchbacks. The terrain gets quite rocky in some places. Not sure if that is normal for this area, it's my first trail in Arizona. The views are ok, though there's not much to look at except scrub brush and cactus. And it's only 3.5 miles if you don't do the little out and back at the top. All in all, not a bad little hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, went clockwise, did the hike to the Vista as well...definitely worth it!

Very great trail for all! A lot of rocks. Take lots of water, I can’t say enough! Also pay attention to the dividing trails. Great leg workout. Not much shade on the hike although I did manage to find a few cool spots to sit and eat my orange and sip on some water.

hiking
5 months ago

Its an amazing hike. The trail is easy to follow

hiking
6 months ago

One of my regular go to’s because it’s close to home. Love the trails at Skyline, this one in particular. Great workout and a very rewarding view from the peak. Worth it! Well kept, clean, easy parking and easy to get to. Dog friendly, please pick up after them. :)

hiking
8 months 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

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.

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