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Homestead Trail - Estrella Mtn RP
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2019-01-13  
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Homestead Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking13.70 Miles 859 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   2.61 mph
859 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
1st trip
First hike of the new year. The Homestead Trail is one that's been added to this park since the first time I hiked all the trails here in 2001. Actually, this trail seems more like an old jeep road that was designated as an official trail, rather than actually having been built and added. The weather now is nice enough that it's the right time to do this as a loop. I opted for the shortest route, taking the Coldwater Trail to Butterfield, then Gadsden/Pedersen/Homestead/Pedersen/Gadsden/Coldwater.

The weather stayed cool all morning, and the fog hung around, but only in the distance. The low hanging clouds over the Estrellas kind of picked up after 10am, making for nice scenery.

Saw only 5 other hikers and one trail runner. Two hikers weren't on the trail, but over in a wash. I heard their voices as I hiked and looked over to see their heads peering at me over the edge of the deep wash. Odd. :-k

Heading back on the final stretch along the Coldwater Trail, a big pickup was headed northbound, and then soon after came back southbound, presumably after they reached a dead end. The gate at the trailhead was opened, and I suppose they didn't see the sign that says not to drive that service road.

Finished up shortly after noon. Nice to finally get the first hike in for 2019.
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