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Maricopa Trail - Estrellas to PIR, AZ

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Distance One Way 8.42 miles
Trailhead Elevation 914 feet
Elevation Gain 336 feet
Accumulated Gain 826 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5
Kokopelli Seeds 11.17
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16  2022-12-15 kingsnake
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Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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🔥 2020 Avondale Fire Fire12.2 mi*

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This Maricopa Trail segment is described counter-clockwise. Being ¼ mile from houses the whole way, the main attraction is many interesting saguaro.

Starting from behind the Estrella Mountain Regional Park visitor's center:

Hike all of the Quail Trail, south 1.15 miles to Rainbow Valley Trail. The initial climb past Tres Rios Golf Course is short but steep.

East on Rainbow Valley Trail 0.75 miles, nearly to the now dismantled rodeo arena. (Nice bathrooms still extant.) Nice views southeast from above the rodeo arena.

Toothaker Trail for a few yards south to Butterfield Trail. From here to Phoenix International Raceway, each trail is basically the same MTB-optimized, mostly smooth-surfaced, rolling track, with multiple minor to moderate wash crossings.

Butterfield Trail south for a mile to Gadsden Trail.

Gadsden Trail east for 2.3 miles. The Desert Rose Trail is just before the small hill with the stone X.

East for all of Desert Rose Trail, 3.1 miles to the gravel lot just outside the fenced & locked PIR parking lots. The first sight of PIR is 2¼ miles away, but with 3½ miles to walk -- including MTB-optimized switchbacks up a 240 ft. saddle. (From the top, nice views back the way you came.) There currently is a portapotty by the MTB competitive track, the next gravel lot over.

None of these trails use MTB-only routes. Hikers, horses, etc. are welcome even on Desert Rose Trail.

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2022-12-17 kingsnake
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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 - 2021 [ fees ]

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

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

2021 [ hours ] - varies by park & season

Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Estrella Directions:
From I-10, take exit 126, south onto Estrella Parkway. In 5 miles, just over the Gila River, turn left onto Vineyard Ave. In a half mile, turn right into the park, and onto Casey Abbot Dr. Pay the entrance fee. Take the second quick right after the gate into the Nature Center parking lot. (To continue to PIR, continue east on Vineyard Ave. as it bends right to become 143rd Ave., then left to become Indian Springs Rd.)
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