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Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RP, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix SW
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 3.64 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,018 feet
Elevation Gain 346 feet
Accumulated Gain 483 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.25
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Rainbow Valley - Toothaker Loop
13  2013-12-07
Toothaker - Rainbow Valley - Dysart Loop
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  7:34am - 5:45pm
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Rainbow Valley Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
0.0 mi away
4.2 mi
400 ft
Rainbow Valley - Toothaker Loop
Rainbow Valley - Toothaker Loop
0.0 mi away
8.4 mi
1,110 ft
Rainbow Valley to Gadsden Loop
0.2 mi away
6.1 mi
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
0.3 mi away
2.3 mi
389 ft
Butterfield / Pedersen / Coldwater Loop
Butterfield / Pedersen / Coldwater Loop
0.4 mi away
14.7 mi
1,195 ft
Coldwater Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
0.4 mi away
2.9 mi
365 ft
Rock Knob / Rainbow Loop
Rock Knob / Rainbow Loop
0.4 mi away
6.0 mi
272 ft
Saddle Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
0.7 mi away
Gila Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
0.8 mi away
0.4 mi
44 ft
Baseline Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
Baseline Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
0.8 mi away
2.3 mi
460 ft
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by PatrickL

Likely In-Season!
Overview: Toothaker is an easy roller coaster of a trail. It crosses numerous washes ranging from small to large and can be a tad loose and/or rocky in some sections. The end reward is a nice view of Rainbow Valley and the westernmost peaks of the Sierra Estrella mountains.

Hike: A couple seconds of walking beyond the trailhead will put you in front of two trails, Toothaker and Rainbow. Take the left trail for Toothaker. Both are marked well so getting mixed up is unlikely.

The light ups and downs will begin right away. At times, the trail will be riddled with rocks and gravel, but there will be a clean and level section running alongside. I found the views of the surrounding hills pretty nice. Namely the prominent Peak 1801 to the southeast. The park seems to refer to it as Knob Hill.

Soon after passing the Dysart Trail, you'll dip into the largest wash on the trail. Granted it's not that big, it is notable. Two miles in, you'll meet up with the Rainbow Trail. The trail then climbs over a saddle, the highest point, and begins its gradual 130ft descent towards Rainbow Valley. On your way down, keep an eye out for a crested saguaro about 10ft to the right of the trail. It could very well be the highlight of your trip.

  • Estrella Baseline 2013 Map
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    Estrella Baseline 2013 Map
  • Estrella 2016 Trail Map
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    Estrella 2016 Trail Map
  • Estrella 2016 Park Overview Map
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    Estrella 2016 Park Overview Map

One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

$7 per vehicle or $85 annual

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Phoenix, head west on I-10 to Estrella Parkway (Exit 126) and head south to Vineyard Ave (just after Gila River crossing). Park entrance will be on the right. Once in the park, follow main road towards rodeo arena. Bear right at rodeo arena and proceed to parking lot. Trailhead is at the southwest end of the parking lot.
page created by PatrickL on Apr 11 2011 10:40 pm
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