Explore the most popular views trails near Buckeye with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
1 month ago

I guess this place could be fun if it was muddy but sense it hardly rains it was okay. There was a little hill that was little amusing halfway through the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike in March of 2018. Came from the south road to the trailhead. I would recommend 4X4. The view from the top is very cool with all the quartz around you. I will be doing this hike again in the spring.

Its an amazing hike. The trail is easy to follow

Perfect morning hike, best to go as early as possible in the summer months as theres seldom shade on this trail!

Nice hike and it’s free to get into the park.

hiking
2 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
3 months ago

This is a hard and challenging hike. I would not call it as difficult as Flat Iron.

The drive in to the turn off: There seems to be a lot of discussion. I have a Dodge Journey. Goes great with the dad bod and hiking sneakers. Coming in from the south way the roads were easy until I turned and headed north along the power lines. You I just had to slow down. I had clearance for the sand birm in the middle of the road. Really no problem. Go slow and take your time.

As for the way out. way more sand, much tighter and the wash outs were bad. There were a few times I followed the new tire tracks off the main road to get around the road. From the time you turn off the trail access road to the blacktop the "road" is a mess. Big broken wash outs. Lots of moderate to heavy sand, plants encroaching into the roadway. This is not a path for a "car". If it's about the same distance go the south route.

As for the hike I clocked it at 6.4 miles. the trail is lightly traveled for sure. It's all up hill to the point that when the path leveled off for a few feet, I walked slower. Really, it felt so good.

The upper third is a lot of rocks and broken trail however there are plenty of markers to show the path. There was a beat up American flag at the top. the western valley was an exquisite view. Make no mistake the down hill is tough too due to your up hill grind.

Not going again for sometime due to heat and distance to get there. But this is a hike if you're looking for something totally different and challenging

Great, although tough to get to and I live 10 mins away to the turn off. 20 to 40 mins in to trailhead in a 2016 Jeep. I bet there's an easier way in I have not found it yet!

This hike is remarkable. A challenge that will test you, but well worth it at the end. The peak is absolutely beautiful. Well worth the constant uphill and downhill grind. Bring lots of water and start early.

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

5 months ago

awesome work out beautiful peak better if you have a 4x4 to get to it. rough way to get to trail head. worth it.

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.

First time doing this trail. We came in from Mobile and it was a fairly easy drive. The trail is in great condition but definitely an uphill grind. On a warm day, start early and take lots of water! Absolutely beautiful at the top with a great view of South Mountain. Would definitely do this one again!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy

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.

hiking
6 months ago

Enjoyed the rocks and foliage and the views. However, trails were not well marked so gave me less confidence as to where they led. Next time I would go on some of the other higher trails to see different views. Petroglyphs were very cool. Unfortunately, they had to be protected behind fencing, but could see them up close! Also the directions using this app we inadequate and there was no access. After asking people in the neighborhood, we ended up going south on Verrado to Lost Creek Dr near golf course greens to find the limited parking at the trailhead. A good day none the less.

hiking
6 months ago

I disagree with the sentiment that you need 4WD to make it to the trailhead through the Goodyear route. I've been out a couple times without that and never felt even remotely worried about getting stuck. I would definitely suggest at least using a crossover type vehicle just for the clearance. The road definitely has a few points where it is somewhat high in the middle and uneven spots that you will want that clearance. The problem with the southern route, as others have mentioned, is that Google maps will take you down some washes too narrow to really drive down and you will scratch the hell out of your car. If you go that route, I would suggest avoiding the turn onto 99th Ave and just continue to go straight. The turn after 99th Ave is a wash as described above. I have not gone on the suggested route, but the terrain view on Google maps looks much easier to traverse.

As for the trail itself, it is definitely difficult. You are looking at a sustained 16+% grade for pretty much the entire hike. It is absolutely gorgeous and I like the isolation. You are exposed nearly the entire hike, so account for that in the amount of water you take and the season you perform the hike. I highly recommend the hike.

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.

7 months ago

PLEASE READ BEFORE GOING. I am a generally crazy person when it comes to risk-taking and I take my poor 2016 sedan on some pretty terrible roads. The route I took to get here was basically like driving on the beach but worse. Google Maps will give you directions coming from Goodyear, but DO NOT go that way if you do not have 4-wheel drive. I did, but it was a miracle. I did make it to the trailhead in my car, but didn’t have time as my 15 mile sand drive took 2 hours. The route to/from Mobile, AZ is safer if you’re looking to use a 2WD vehicle. Google Maps also thinks a lot of random “roads” that don’t even resemble a place you could drive any vehicle are there when they do not exist. Make sure you have the map of roads loaded on your phone so you can get out, especially if you take the Western route to Goodyear. Don’t use my rating for the trail. I have it the benefit of the doubt.

Good loop

Make sure you hAve a 4 wheel drive car. It is necessary for getting to for parking. The hike is challenging. Mostly incline which destroyed my legs (I’m a 25 year old kickboxer). The view from the top is beautiful but I don’t think I’d go back

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.

amazing trail

This trail has some decent sights, not all bare desert. Worth the hike and trip.

hiking
7 months ago

There are many visible trails but they are not marked, making navigation difficult. Using a GPS is very helpful. The hike itself is easy and the petroglyphs are cool. I saw several lizards and a roadrunner. I would recommend taking the "short loop" instead of this hike since it takes you closer to the isolated "mountain" and there's really nothing of interest on the north boundary.

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.

Nice trail but need hiking boots. There are lots of loose rock and some ledges to climb. Rail not well marked so need gps and you’ll be fine great day

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