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We will start at the Dollar Tree Parking lot and take the trail into the preserve. When we hit the #306 we will take it clockwise around and up the dirt trail leading to the top. Then come down around the other side along the service road and pick up the levee which leads us back to the Dollar Tree parking lot. The beginning is flat which allows for a warmup, but then the majority of the climbing is packed into the middle and is very steep with loose rocks. The trail down the other side is more gradual and solid. Bring at least 2 liters of water and a flashlight. We will be hiking in the dark. This is not a fitness hike. If you do not hike elevation hikes this hike may not be for you. We will make a few stops and catch our breath and make sure we are all together. Please stay with the group. It is OK to talk to your fellow hikers. This hike is rated intermediate due to elevation, loose gravel and darkness. Call or text my cell with questions:[masked] DISTANCE: 4.5 miles round trip ELEVATION Gain: 800 feet DURATION: 2 hours DOGS: Yes FACILITIES: At Starbucks in the parking lot and Safeway at the North East corner of 7th St. and Thunderbird.
Let’s do CARDIO WORKOUT in fresh air by climbing this 340 steps (x3 or more?) then hike the 3 summits for the more amazing VIEWS below! The stairs will be a VERY vigorous & rewarding challenge! And the trails to summits are combination of loose gravels and rocks so please wear sturdy hiking footwear for your safety. Before the hike, hydrate well & do legs stretched to prevent the cramps. Length: 3.5 miles or so Elevation gain: 1900+ Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult due to steepness and pace. Meeting place: The bottom of Victory steps Facilities: There’s no public restrooms so plan accordingly. FYI: This is a fitness hike so we’ll be keeping a moderately fast pace, there is no sweeper, so must be familiar with the area. Hike at your own risk. Please evaluate your ability before attending. Addendum: this event will be every Sundays until canceled.
A note about directions: Google Maps is sometimes wonky, so be sure to consult the written directions at the bottom of the write-up to get to the trailhead! Trail: 1A counter-clockwise, with some connector trails to the parking lot Length: 5.25-ish miles Difficulty: Difficult (distance, pace, few if any breaks) From the parking lot, we'll start by taking a right on the sidewalk past the bathrooms. After about 100', we'll curve left off of the sidewalk, and take connector trails south to trail 1A. The first section of 1A will give us great views of downtown and (hopefully) a beautiful sunset. We eventually head downhill towards a tunnel under the 51, but we'll take a left and head uphill on 1A instead of taking said tunnel. Heading east on 1A, we'll continue up to the junction with trail 302. Trails 1A and 302 are combined for a while, going up a steep set of rock stairs to a saddle with two benches. From there, we head down on 1A/302, past the VOAZ connector, to the junction with trail 304. 302 turns right at this point, so we will continue on with 1A/304. A little bit later, 1A and 304 branch, and we'll continue left on 1A, wrapping our way back around to the parking lot. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY! There is no designated "sweeper" on this hike, meaning if you don't know the trail, you will need to keep up with the group. Honest assessment of your current fitness level and hiking abilities will be the best way to guarantee you have a safe and enjoyable hike. DOGS: Please leave the furry friends home for this one. WHAT TO BRING: Water (2 liters - overestimate your water needs, because there is no place to refill on this trail), sunscreen or long sleeves for sun protection, electrolyte snacks (like Sports Beans, Gatorade gummies, etc), a headlight or flashlight because we can be out after dark! REMINDER: Begin to HYDRATE throughout the day leading up to the hike. Don't try to take in a bunch of water an hour before hike time! Your body can process only so much water at a time; if you drink a lot the last hour before the hike, all you'll do is make it so you have to hit the bathroom before the hike starts, and you won't really be hydrated. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: The 2421 E. Northern Ave address listed above will take you to the Northern Ave exit ramp off of Route 51. Once off of the 51, take Northern Ave east (away from the setting sun, for the directionally challenged) and follow it until it dead-ends at the parking lot.
Location: Skyline Regional Park 2600 N. Watson Road, Buckeye, AZ 85396 Hosted by: Emma Kim (Thank for stepping up Emma!) She writes: Let’s get some fresh air by hiking! Do come join us for a early evening FITNESS hike up to Summit of Valley Vista for awesome VIEWS below! The trails are combination of loose gravels and rocks so please wear sturdy hiking footwear (poles?) for your safety. We should be done before dark (about 1.5 hours or less), but flashlights or headlight are always a good idea. NO dogs or children please. Length: 3.5 miles Elevation gain: 931 Facilities: At this time, the restrooms are not open so plan accordingly. FYI: This is a fitness hike so we’ll be keeping a moderately fast pace, there is no sweeper, so must be familiar with the area. Hike at your own risk. Please evaluate your ability before attending. Addendum: this event will be every Tuesdays until canceled.