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Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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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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Author PatrickL
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Routes 61
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Trips 395 map ( 1,867 miles )
Age 28 Male Gender
Location Buckeye, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:17am - 6:26pm
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by PatrickL

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.

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2011-04-11 PatrickL
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Most recent of 11 deeper Triplog Reviews
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
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I went out and putzed around at Estrella before the rain. I was actually planning to get rained on which is always fun but as I was getting to the end, I hurried back to the truck since I had not got wet yet. Within 30 seconds of getting in the truck, it started to come down hard. Beautiful day.
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Estrella Ruck
A friend and I have begun training for the Bataan Death March Memorial Ruck which will be held on the 19th of March in White Sands New Mexico. The event is 26.2 miles with 35lb ruck sacks on.

Estrella Park offers a great venue for us to conduct this training. There was very little traffic early in the morning. In fact, I do not think we saw another person until we made our way back to the trail head. The weather was perfect. There was a storm coming in just East of us from the South. I love watching the clouds "scrape" the tops of mountains. What an incredible day!
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
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Rick wanted to build up my arms, so we went and loaded a load of wood, Told him let's hit Estrella Park while we're this close. Forgot my Parks Pass, so as I was talking to the Attendant, he informs me that Estrella was the 1st Park in the County System opened in 1964 and is the 2nd largest Park in the County. Seen one Biker and a couple of hikers before we got back to the TH. I can see why the runners and bikers enjoy this Park. Reminds me of Usery --well used. If we go back I'll suggest White Tanks, and see what they are all about :)
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This was a tale of four trails. The day started out overcast, drizzled, and then the sun broke out to complete what felt like a crisp spring day. Yup, and that's an accurate metaphor for the day's work. To break it up (all mtb):

Rainbow Valley: Doubletrack, but gradual rocky inclines. Nice lines along the ridge on the south side of the Estrellas in the mid-section. Trail maintenance declined throughout. A surprisingly exhausting ride, although I like to think endeavoring this journey after a face full of Indian buffet didn't help either;). (I thought this was going to be the most difficult of the legs too.)

Toothache: For only 1.4m, this seemed a while. Likely because it was majority climb with loose rock - this was both a toothache and headache, and ended up disembarking several times over some rough climbs.

Gadsden: If I could turn back time today, I'd use my power to hang a right onto Butterfield and forego this detour. This was terrible on two wheels - a several mile march through sand deposits in a deep wash, then followed by a series of climbs and falls in and out of said washes. Biking through quicksand - not what I was expecting, nor hoped for. Updated trail description would be big plus to save others the same frustration.

Butterfield: Nice finish a maintained trail and rollers to bring it home.
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
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Hot morning for a trail run but thats life. Went out with Trevor. Legs are starting to come back. Was getting pretty hot by the end but had fun. Posted a picture on Twitter then got a message from an AP reporter asking me to call her. I did and she asked a few questions about running in the heat. Looks like she is doing an article on Phoenix heat today so it will be interesting to see if I am quoted.
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Been in a funk with my running lately and decided to see if a nice long run would help!! Up Rainbow :next: toothaker :next: cold water :next: butterfield :next: gadsden :next: cold water. Ran the same route that was used in the hypnosis night run!! Felt great to get in some distance!!
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
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Happy new year trail run with Dave W. I will be first place in mileage for probably an hour before the high mileage people report! Went Quail>Saddle>Toothaker>Dysart>Butterfield>Gadsden>Coldwater>Dysart>Rainbow Valley>Quail . Did a few extra spots on junctions and bottom to get to the 13.1.

Happy new year to everyone and hope this will be best year for all.
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Went out with Trevor and did the entire 20 mile loop identical to the Coldwater Rumble coming up. Did well but ankle was sore at the end which will make going back out for a 12 mile loop a challenge. Temps cool 28 at start and sure is was below 25 when we were on Homestead and the sun was coming up. Overall good day because I know I can finish the 32 miles at the race now but it will be a challange with a sore ankle.
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Parked at the arena and did Toothaker>Dysart>Butterfield>Gadsen>Pedersen>Homestead>Pedersen>Coldwater>Dysart>Toothaker. Only saw one other person. Great cool weather after the rain. Trying to get ready for Coldwater Rumble in 6 weeks but going twice as much as today is going to be a challenge.
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Toothaker trail out to Rainbow Valley trail was very up and down through small washes with one big wash. The RVT immediately ascended a few hundred feet but leveled off nicely for a good view of the city in the distance. Descended back down hill and got fairly flat, then met with the Dysart trail. Since the trail had leveled off, I elected to take Dysart and jog from there. Good workout with some ups and downs, then took it to the T with Butterfield Trail. From there back to the trailhead was very hilly but then very flat. Ran that whole length for a good finish to my workout.

I only ever saw one other person on the trails, out on a beautiful 80 degree day, so if you're okay paying the $6 entry fee to the park I recommend it. There were a lot of horses and a carriage ride once I approached the arena. There were also a lot of flies on the trail but they never land on you or bother you much.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

$7 per vehicle,$85 annual or trade your first born for the life pass

$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.
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