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Horse Apple Orchard
I'm surprised there isn't a description for Coldwater Trail, which is essentially the backbone trail in Estrella Mountain Regional Park. So, here goes...
From the southeast corner of the huge gravel rodeo arena parking lot, head past the tube steel vehicle gate, south on Coldwater Trail (the wide gravel road). In a mile, there is a secondary horse lot.
Coldwater crosses Dysart Trail a ¼ mile past the red reflective diamonds. There is a memorial rest bench at the Dysart intersection.
Coldwater Trail continues to narrow as it climbs 220 ft. in the next mile to a saddle on the southwest slope of Knobb Hill. The saddle has good views south into the heart of the Sierra Estrella.
From the Knobb Hill saddle, Coldwater Trail descends 100 ft. in ¾ of a mile to the Gadsden Trail intersection.
And... that's it. Pretty easy. Either head back the way you came, or for longer options, east on the deep gravel of Gadsden Trail, south onto eight-mile-long Pedersen Trail, or back north on Toothaker Trail.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.