Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
13 days 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. :)

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.

hiking
4 months ago

As with most reviews, the weather conditions play a huge role. I went in March 2018, on a Monday when most people were working, and it was sunny and 68F when I started at 1030am. It was 72F when I finished 3 hours later.

Before you can hike this trail you must first get there. If you’re coming from the North (I-10) do NOT let google take you on the dirt road right at the landfill. If you do, you better plan on 30-45 minute longer drive and you better have a 4wd high clearance vehicle. I made it in an AWD SUV, but I was lucky the tires did not puncture and certainly the under carriage took a beating. Instead, continue driving south on 85 for another 6-7 miles and take a left across the divided highway there. It’s the 2nd left turn past the landfill. Google should get you to the trailhead from there. Much shorter and much much easier on your vehicle.

As for the hike itself, I thought it was pleasant. Certainly easy enough, pretty flat, and really neat walking through the desert surrounded by jagged hills and saguaro cacti. And I was pretty much alone. There were 2 vehicles car camping, but I was the only vehicle in the 11 spaces for day hikers. There’s a toilet at the parking lot and the trail was fairly well marked by cairns and bordered with deadwood. There didn’t appear to be an obvious end so I turned around at about the 4.5 mile mark. Somewhere around the 3.5 mi mark the trail turned into a wash so just follow the wash and rock cairns. Coming from the east coast I thought it was really cool walking among a saguaro “forest”. It wasn’t as dense as a forest (nor I’ve been told as dense as the saguaros in Saguaro National Park), but for me it was dense enough. The views were sweeping and unhindered so it was wide open. Couple that with solitude and perfect hiking weather and I rated it pretty high. There is no shade or water, so bring plenty of both , and sunscreen of course. I recorded the hike and uploaded some photos, but I don’t see them yet so hopefully they show up eventually, especially since there aren’t any yet for this particular trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy

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.

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.

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

hiking
5 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

hiking
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!

hiking
6 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.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail

hiking
6 months ago

This is a really fun trail, its wide yet bumpy and rolling. and the fact that is connects to the trails at Skyline Park makes it even better because it gives you access to all the trails there as well.

trail running
6 months ago

Great trail and the people are always courteous

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

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice trail lots of cacti. Very clean trail

hiking
8 months ago

Love this trail

Fun little hike. More fun in a clockwise direction I would say. Make sure you go all the way up to the summit. At the highest point, there is a .33 mile offshoot south that has a great view at the top.

9 months ago

My husband and I wanted to enjoy the beautiful day and decided to explore this trail. It was filled with beautiful cacti and deer. It is a well kept trail, free of debris and trash and we got a good sweat! I would definitely do this trail again.

I have been here several times now and always have an amazing hike.

Great workout. Brought a friend who hadn't hiked in a while and they didn't enjoy it as much as I did. Took the trail counterclockwise and struggled a little near the Vista trail. Full loop took about 2 hours with frequent stops. Only saw some lizards but the weather was perfect! Coming back after more conditioning!

We went clockwise on Turnbuckle, added the Valley Vista to the peak. The .33 miles to the peak is definitely worth the view. Saw a tortoise just leisurely walking the trail, which was a nice treat. If you go right after sunrise, you will have some shade for parts of the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a great hike in the West valley. Definitely has challenges, and elevation​ changes throughout. lots if fun

Load More