Hike of the Week: Pyrite Trail in Buckeye

Mare CzinarJanuary 13, 2023
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One of several highpoints in the hills south of the White Tank Mountains, Pyrite Summit anchors the western edge of Skyline Regional Park. Named for the shiny “fools gold” that glints among quartz outcroppings, the trail ascends 700 feet to a precipitous edge overlooking western deserts.

LENGTH: 6.7-mile loop (as described here)

RATING: moderate

ELEVATION: 1,500 – 2,200 feet

BEST SEASON: October – April

FACILITIES: restrooms, campsites, picnic areas


2600 N. Watson Rd., Buckeye

From Interstate 10 in Buckeye, take the Watson Road exit 117 and go 2 miles north to the park. Roads are paved.


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