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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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May 01 2013
asu9165
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 Photos 47
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46 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Goodyear
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2013
asu9165
Hiking6.40 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   3.28 mph
600 ft AEG
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Surprised to see a couple cars and a police car by the trail head. Did not meet either on the route. Good hot weather hike if you have the ability to hike 2 hours in it going through some light hilly to flatter terrain. Not too buggy but no noticeable wildflowers.
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Jul 23 2012
asu9165
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 Photos 47
 Triplogs 155

46 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Goodyear
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2012
asu9165
Hiking6.40 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   3.05 mph
600 ft AEG
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Did Butterfield back on the Gadsen and ColdWater. No changes to the trail. Felt some of the hills in the heat. Good views of the mountain
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Jul 22 2012
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2012
mt98dew
Hiking6.54 Miles 389 AEG
Hiking6.54 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   3.81 mph
389 ft AEG
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Nice early morning hike/jog It was humid, but overcast, so it wasn't too bad. Went in on the Butterfield and back on the Coldwater. One other vehicle at the TH, but never saw the hiker. Wildlife minimal... lizards and chipmaunks.
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Dec 23 2011
Trekman
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47 male
 Joined Oct 02 2011
 Mesa, AZ
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2011
Trekman
Hiking7.00 Miles 389 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
389 ft AEG      15 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
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Started on the Butterfield trail, connected to the Gadsden trail southwest to the Coldwater trail north and back to the trailhead. Nice short hike and a beautiful day it was!
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Nov 28 2011
PatrickL
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 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Rainbow - Gadsden Loop, AZ 
Rainbow - Gadsden Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2011
PatrickL
Hiking10.75 Miles 1,390 AEG
Hiking10.75 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   3.43 mph
1,390 ft AEG      2 Mns Break9.5 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Felt pretty warm on the first section of RV. Probably because the hills were blocking the breeze. On Gadsden, I knew to stay in the wash until I hit the designated exit to the west, but a poorly placed trail marker led me out and up to the east side of the wash. I figured the trail had been changed or something since my last visit. Luckily there's a path leading in right where the exit is and I was back on track with no delays.
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Aug 30 2011
asu9165
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 Photos 47
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46 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Goodyear
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2011
asu9165
Hiking6.40 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   3.34 mph
600 ft AEG
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Butterfield/Gadsen/Coldwater loop. Good hot weather hike, feels moderate in 100 degree weather. Complete solitude
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Jun 12 2011
asu9165
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 Photos 47
 Triplogs 155

46 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Goodyear
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2011
asu9165
Hiking5.30 Miles
Hiking5.30 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.18 mph
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100 degrees outside. So did the Butterfield/ Dysart/ Rainbow Valley loop. Butterfield flat in the beginning then to some hills. Once on Dysart, slight elevation loss(not that you gained much on Butterfield) goes through some washes, passed Coldwater and TA before ending at the Rainbow Valley trail. Took a right. Two climbs back to the trailhead. First one is very short, rocky and steep. In the heat actually felt it. The next one is less steep and more gradual.
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Oct 27 2010
PatrickL
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 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Estrella RP Loop, AZ 
Estrella RP Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2010
PatrickL
Hiking18.50 Miles 1,760 AEG
Hiking18.50 Miles   8 Hrs   3 Mns   2.30 mph
1,760 ft AEG
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1st trip
Rainbow Valley - Toothaker - Pedersen - Gadsden - Butterfield - Coldwater -- AKA an outer loop
Tried this back in June and came up a tad short. Of course, preparation paid off this time around.

All of the obvious climbing was done at the beginning so a lot of the hike was kind of a stroll. Planted some future ankle pain on the last downhill section of Rainbow Valley just like last time, as I recall. Walked by a 30-40' saguaro that had fallen right onto the trail. I found this to be one of the day's highlights.

I'm not in any hurry to get back on the Pedersen Trail. It has some nice views of the Estrella range and some of the mountains to the west, but the majority of it is sandy and boring. The ankle pain really started to set in here. I remembered a perfect "rock chair" in one of the washes, but I forgot how many washes there were. The anticipation was murder. Decided to pull out the camera which seemed to take my mind off of the lousy things. Finally made it to the trail junction and sat down for a snack and a dose of Tylenol. Felt a hundred times better after 15 minutes and began the last 5 miles.

Gadsden was a nice surprise. I'm guessing about half of it was in a wash with tall walls on either side. It was a good place for tons of redundant pictures, and following the horse crap and footprints ensured a subtle way staying on course.

Returned to an empty parking lot, once again. 79 degrees has never felt so hot.
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