New hiking trails at Buckeye, Arizona’s Skyline Regional Park

Attention hikers: Be on the lookout for new trails in the coming weeks. The Phoenix West Valley’s newest hiking destination is rolling out fresh dirt just in time for fall hiking season.

As of the end of September, Skyline Regional Park in Buckeye will have added five new trails for a total of 17 miles of non-motorized routes. Since it opened in January, the 8,700-acre mountain preserve just north of Interstate 10 has become a busy hub for hiking, riding, camping and picnics. The park also hosts stargazing events and educational programs that focus on native vegetation and animals.

The trail system offers something for everybody, from flat, easy strolls to quad-busting climbs to dizzying high points. Already on the map are the Quartz Mine, Skyline Crest and Lost Creek trails. Tie these three routes together and you’ve got one magnificent loop hike with a short climb up Crest Summit for sweet views of the surrounding desert.

The Skyline Crest Trail traces a knife-edge ridgeline that offers some mild exposure, a good climb and a perpetual feast of changing scenery. With cooler weather just around the corner, these new routes are welcome additions to the growing repertoire of West Valley hiking attractions. Check the park website for news of other trail openings.

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