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Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RP - 7 members in 68 triplogs have rated this an average 2.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 19 2016
mtabbert
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 Triplogs 428

69 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2016
mtabbert
Hiking5.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   3.16 mph
400 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Feb 15 2016
mtabbert
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 Triplogs 428

69 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2016
mtabbert
Hiking5.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.00 mph
400 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Jan 24 2016
mtabbert
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 Triplogs 428

69 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2016
mtabbert
Hiking5.50 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs      2.75 mph
600 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
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Jan 15 2016
toddak
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 Guides 8
 Routes 7
 Photos 1,244
 Triplogs 476

56 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Rainbow Valley Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2016
toddak
Hiking21.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   2.80 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
Mellow desert hiking
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Jan 15 2016
afrankie
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 Routes 40
 Photos 353
 Triplogs 128

33 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Rainbow - Gadsden Loop, AZ 
Rainbow - Gadsden Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jan 15 2016
afrankie
Mtn Biking12.20 Miles 1,010 AEG
Mtn Biking12.20 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   5.55 mph
1,010 ft AEG
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1st trip
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.
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Jan 09 2016
mtabbert
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 Triplogs 428

69 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2016
mtabbert
Hiking5.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.00 mph
600 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Partners none no partners
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Dec 29 2015
mtabbert
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 Triplogs 428

69 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2015
mtabbert
Hiking5.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.00 mph
600 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Partners none no partners
Completed the 100/100 Challenge on Day 59 (not bad especially when considering we missed ~3 weeks for Hawaii)!
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Dec 21 2015
mtabbert
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 Triplogs 428

69 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2015
mtabbert
Hiking6.50 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   3.07 mph
600 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
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Dec 14 2015
mtabbert
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 Triplogs 428

69 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Baseline Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2015
mtabbert
Hiking4.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
500 ft AEG
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1st trip
TH + HO + BA + TH + BU + CW
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Nov 13 2015
mtabbert
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 Triplogs 428

69 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Coldwater Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2015
mtabbert
Hiking9.50 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.59 mph
650 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
CW + BU + DS + GD + BU
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Nov 07 2015
mtabbert
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 Triplogs 428

69 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2015
mtabbert
Hiking5.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.44 mph
500 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Part of the 100/100 Challenge.
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Nov 01 2015
mt98dew
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 Guides 24
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,790

52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2015
mt98dew
Hiking6.25 Miles 389 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   3.79 mph
389 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Early morning hike. Kind of chilly out until the sun came out. Parked at the Coldwater TH and then took the Butterfield all the way to the Gadsden Trail. On the way back I followed some unofficial trails which I had noticed on previous visits. Both these unofficial trails took me to different parts of the more northern parts of the Gadsden. I was surprised at how muddy it was still out there. I had been at the McDowells the day before with no signs of the most recent storms. Not the case in the Estrellas. There were parts of the Butterfield and the Gadsden that showed quite a bit of erosion. Didn't see anyone while out there. Wildlife consisted of one burrow owl.
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Aug 15 2015
MikeS
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 Photos 99
 Triplogs 866

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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
Gadsden Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2015
MikeS
Hiking10.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   6.06 mph
600 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
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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May 25 2015
MikeS
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 Photos 99
 Triplogs 866

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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2015
MikeS
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,185 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   6.41 mph
1,185 ft AEG
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Nice run this morning going up Butterfield, around the middle, down Rainbow Valley and back over past the corral. I did see one other guy running way out there about 6 miles and thought to myself, what kind of weirdo is out running at 6 am in the middle of nowhere on a holiday, then realized that was what I was doing (and do regularly). Clearly I have a lot of issues.
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May 16 2015
MikeS
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 Photos 99
 Triplogs 866

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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
Rainbow Valley Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2015
MikeS
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,025 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   6.19 mph
1,025 ft AEG
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I will take 55 degrees in mid May any time. Trails were great after last nights rains. I did not see one person which suprised me, people are missing out.
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Apr 03 2015
MikeS
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 Triplogs 866

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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2015
MikeS
Hiking10.00 Miles 895 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   6.38 mph
895 ft AEG
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BU>GD>TH>RV>CW Great morning run before work.
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Jan 24 2015
MikeS
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 Goodyear, AZ
Coldwater Rumble 52K, AZ 
Coldwater Rumble 52K, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2015
MikeS
Hiking33.10 Miles 2,427 AEG
Hiking33.10 Miles   6 Hrs   37 Mns   5.27 mph
2,427 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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1st trip
Ran in the Coldwater Rumble 52K. Great weather with temps. Aravapia Running does a great job putting on races. Did the first 20.5 mile loop in 3:39 which I felt good about. Took about 10 minutes at the turn around then went back out for the shorter loop. Finished in 6:37 which was good for 24th place out of 81 runners. Got past by a few people the last couple miles as I was starting to slow down. Felt good through 28 miles but the last 5 were a lot of work. Fun and painful day.
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Jan 09 2015
MikeS
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 Triplogs 866

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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2015
MikeS
Hiking12.10 Miles 1,027 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   5.81 mph
1,027 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Did the short loop for the Coldwater Rumble with Trevor before work. Slower then last week in the dark. Probably last "longer" trail run before race in 2 weeks.
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Jan 01 2015
MikeS
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 Photos 99
 Triplogs 866

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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2015
MikeS
Hiking13.10 Miles 1,045 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   5.91 mph
1,045 ft AEG
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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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Dec 27 2014
MikeS
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 Photos 99
 Triplogs 866

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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
Homestead Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2014
MikeS
Hiking20.00 Miles 1,403 AEG
Hiking20.00 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   5.24 mph
1,403 ft AEG
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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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