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Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RP - 14 members in 85 triplogs have rated this an average 3.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 04 2021
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Estrella Tour, AZ 
Estrella Tour, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Sep 04 2021
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Mtn Biking13.40 Miles 771 AEG
Mtn Biking13.40 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   6.87 mph
771 ft AEG      51 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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First ride with Estrella Cyclists group. Hit some select Estrella Mountain Regional Park trails. Rode with Bruce, Joseph, and Jennifer.
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Apr 20 2021
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 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Rainbow Valley Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2021
WaitingForRain
Hiking5.30 Miles 593 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs      2.65 mph
593 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Jan 01 2021
kingsnake
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 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Coldwater Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2021
kingsnake
Hiking10.06 Miles 1,023 AEG
Hiking10.06 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   2.72 mph
1,023 ft AEG
 
I spend late fall and winter hiking closer to Phoenix. The coldest I can remember hiking in Phoenix was 32℉ at South Mountain in 2017. The coldest I’ve seen in the low desert was 27℉ in the Butler Valley, south of Alamo Lake: There was even snow on the ground. 🥶

The coldest I’ve actually hiked in, was 30℉ on the South Mountain in Maryland, while hiking the Appalachian Trail, and again in St. Vith, Belgium (where it was -1℃ at the local bank). In the latter case, I didn’t even have a windbreaker and, to compound the fun, it sleeted. St. Vith [ photoset ] , that late May morning, was officially the coldest place in Europe — even colder than Norway!

It is ironic, then, that it was 34℉ today when I planned to hike Coldwater Trail in Estrella Mountain Regional Park. I’d been on Coldwater twice before, inbound, so today I would head out on it, go a ¼ mile west on Gadsden Trail, then 1.6 miles north on Toothaker Trail, before looping 4.2 miles back to the rodeo arena on Rainbow Valley Trail.

Because it was New Year’s Day, “rush hour” traffic was very light, so I cruised west on Indian School Rd. to Avondale. I only saved one dashcam capture, and I think he may have been a late drunk. As it was still dark, I stopped for hashbrowns, biscuits & gravy at Waffle House. 🤗

The first mile on Coldwater, to the secondary horse lot, was mostly in shade cast by Knobb Hill (aka Hill 1801 on the topo).

Estrella Mountain Regional Park, especially in cold months, does not have a lot of photo ops, other than saguaro. (No flowers.) As a result, I was rolling tape for my hiking video, because as a “slide show” it would have been less than a minute long. So, I took a break on the saddle on Toothaker Trail to record voiceover bits to make the end result more interesting. Also, the temperature was finally tolerable to where I could remove my hoodie and woolie cap.

It was nearly 11:00 a.m. when I turned onto Rainbow Valley Trail, so I started seeing other hikers — presumably without hangovers — on a regular basis. 🥳

The west end of Dysart Trail intersects Rainbow Valley Trail a mile north of the saddle. Just past Dysart, I went off trail in one of the larger washes for pee break privacy, a snack, and to record more voiceovers. Plus, the wash had shade, which is otherwise in short supply in Estrella Mountain Regional Park.

I thought Rainbow Valley Trail was shorter than it actually is, so it seemed to drag on forever. The final mile of Rainbow Valley Trail was a steady stream of people and dogs, making it hard to tape video without looking like a goober.

I took a short break at a picnic table after I finished. Instead of a hiking beer, my refreshment was a V-8: No sense in tempting any cops on the ride home who might still be monitoring the New Year’s chaos … 😉

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/496695397
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Oct 31 2020
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
EMRP Loop, AZ 
EMRP Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Oct 31 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking12.00 Miles 1,215 AEG
Mtn Biking12.00 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   7.06 mph
1,215 ft AEG      6 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Lots of hikers and bikers on the trail enjoying the cool overcast morning. Third ride on the Fuel EX 8 rental bike. One more day to go before I have to take it back.
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Oct 24 2020
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53 male
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 Goodyear, AZ
EMRP Loop, AZ 
EMRP Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Oct 24 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking12.10 Miles 1,204 AEG
Mtn Biking12.10 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   7.05 mph
1,204 ft AEG      11 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Nice cool temps and lots of cloud cover made for a remarkable ride at EMRP this morning. Was planning to ride the new Long Loop Pass at the Comp Track, but it was closed due to some event at the race track this weekend. Parked at the Horseshoe trail parking area and worked my way up to Rainbow Valley. Up over the hill and down to Toothaker. Headed south on Toothaker to Gadsen for a short jaunt over to Coldwater. Up Coldwater and down the other side to turn west on to Dysart. Dysart back to Toothaker and worked back to where I started. Saw a couple of mountain bikers and some hikers. One hiker had some big old headphones which must have been at full blast because when I asked him if I could pass, he either didn't hear me or ignored me. I increased my tone until I finally dismounted and gave a tug on his backpack. He acted surprised and I continued past him, on my merry way.
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Oct 12 2020
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 Goodyear, AZ
EMRP Rainbow Dysart Toothaker Loop, AZ 
EMRP Rainbow Dysart Toothaker Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Oct 12 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking4.80 Miles 420 AEG
Mtn Biking4.80 Miles      40 Mns   7.58 mph
420 ft AEG      2 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Busy morning at EMRP. Did the shortcut on Dysart this morning to avoid the big hill on Rainbow.
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Sep 13 2020
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Estrella Mountain Loop, AZ 
Estrella Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Sep 13 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking6.40 Miles 650 AEG
Mtn Biking6.40 Miles      55 Mns   7.25 mph
650 ft AEG      2 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Blasted out a quick sunrise ride on my way to Dunkin Donuts this morning :)
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Aug 11 2020
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Estrella Mountain Loop, AZ 
Estrella Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Aug 11 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking6.40 Miles 648 AEG
Mtn Biking6.40 Miles      57 Mns   7.38 mph
648 ft AEG      5 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
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Toasty ride at Estrella Mountain Regional Park this morning.
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Feb 09 2020
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Estrella Foothills, AZ 
Estrella Foothills, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Feb 09 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking13.70 Miles 906 AEG
Mtn Biking13.70 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   7.47 mph
906 ft AEG      7 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Started on the Pirate trails behind Estrella Foothills High School and took Park Ave over to Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Did a 5 mile lollipop on Crossover, Pedersen, Toothaker, Gadsen (sand hell), back on Pedersen, and return on Crossover. Finished up on a bunch of the Pirate trails. Saw plenty of hikers along the way but no other bikers. Beautiful day!
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Jan 26 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 26 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog8.27 Miles 483 AEG
Run/Jog8.27 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   4.82 mph
483 ft AEG
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Early morning run on the Toothacher. Got on the trail around 6:45. Did an in and out, hitting both ends. Started off pretty slow....more of a shuffle, but after the first mile I felt like I was getting into stride. No wildlife. Saw one trail runner starting just as I was finishing up.
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 Goodyear, AZ
Rainbow Valley - Toothaker LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jan 26 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking10.10 Miles 1,125 AEG
Mtn Biking10.10 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   6.31 mph
1,125 ft AEG      13 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Got out for a late morning mountain bike ride. Purchased an annual Maricopa park pass at Usery last week when we did the ridgeline trail. Wanted to put it to good use and ended up torturing myself at EMRP. The trails north of Dysart were nice enough to ride on, heading south, WOW, just rocks rocks rocks. I did end up pushing my bike through quite a few sections. Felt good when I got back to the truck. Even better when I got home and my wife cooked up some bean and cheese burritos!
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Dec 07 2019
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 Grand Canyon
Quail Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
Hippy
Hiking12.40 Miles 1,923 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   4 Hrs      3.28 mph
1,923 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Got a small group of friends together for a short 8 mile hike today. We were going to do the Rainbow Valley Toothaker loopbut opted to keep going out to Coldwater.
"It'll only add a mile and a half" we said :lol:

I brought my older sister along thinking 8 miles wouldn't be too hard on her as she hasn't done any significant hiking in like a decade. I'm so proud of how well she hung with us. We slowed our pace for sure but she rocked the full 11 miles!

Started at Quail Trail - Rainbow Valley - Toothaker - Coldwater - Butterfield - Baseline -Saddle - Quail.

Beautiful day for a bit of mileage. I think I owe my sister a stiff drink though haha
Added another log to our 100 miles in 100 day challenge for Maricopa County Parks.
I'm so happy sister is in on this and I'm really enjoying hiking with her every week! Yay hiking fam!
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Aug 31 2019
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Horseshoe Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking8.90 Miles 961 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.32 mph
961 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I wanted to make another trip out to the Estrella park to finish recording the trails there. I hadn't ever hike the newly built Gila and Horseshoe Trails, and there was a section of the Dysart Trail I hadn't hiked recently. Got all those done and recorded on my GPS. Nothing interesting to note. Saw more hikers than bikers overall, which was unusual. After 9am, didn't see anyone. The southern spur on the Gila Trail loop is noted as part of the Gila Trail according to the signage in the park. Finished about 10:30am. Weather was more humid than hot, but it was still hot. Breezes helped a lot, but they were few and far between. Surprised that I almost got 1000' AEG.
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 Mesa, AZ
Crossover Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking11.00 Miles 742 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   14 Mns   2.60 mph
742 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Took another trip out to the Estrellas to knock out another trail there I've never hiked, the CrossOver. I took the shortest route to it, which was Coldwater/Gadsden/Pedersen. Nothing special out this way, other than it's very peaceful. Compared to hiking Camelback and the Phoenix Preserve recently, the remoteness of this park is welcome. Saw one other hiker the whole time, and only two bikers. Once you get up over the saddle on the Coldwater Trail, the views to the south are pretty expansive, and with minimal development.

I went about 1/10th of a mile past the end of the CrossOver into the Estrella Community trail. I didn't feel like hiking another 2 miles minimum to see how far and where it goes exactly.

Finished making pretty good time and finally getting over 10 miles for a change.
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 Phoenix,Az
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 13 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog8.22 Miles 483 AEG
Run/Jog8.22 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   5.03 mph
483 ft AEG
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Early morning run on the Toothacher. Got started around 6am. Did this trail as an in and out....and an in and out. Started from the Rainbow Valley TH which USE to be the Toothacher TH as well. (And in a way I guess it still is, since it is the most accessible spot to readily get to the Toothacher. But in my mind TH means the beginning of the trail. And in this case, from this TH you are coming into the "middle" of the Toothacher). So, first I jogged about 3.8 miles south on the Toothacher, where it ended at the Gadsden. And then turned around. Then I jogged about .3 miles north on the Toothacher (from the TH) to where it ended at the Baseline. The entire length of the Toothacher is now closer to 4.1 miles, rather than the 3.64 miles listed because of the rerouting that occurred 3 years ago. Nice trail to run on. Though it does get a little rougher on the climb just past the Rainbow Valley interior juncture. Kind of nice, since most of the trails have become more like city trails over the years - smoothed out and widened. Had the trails to myself. Didn't see anyone. No wildlife. The desert was awash in yellow. The green grass from all the winter rains has all yellowed...and there is a lot of it . The brittlebush still has some yellow blooms, though they look like they are on their way out. The creosote and cholla are adding their splash of yellow. A nice barrage. Weather was great. Clear. No wind. Upper 50's. :)
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 Phoenix, AZ
MT - Guadalupe to Trilby, AZ 
MT - Guadalupe to Trilby, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Dec 28 2017
rcorfman
Backpack84.43 Miles 4,741 AEG
Backpack84.43 Miles4 Days         
4,741 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
 
1st trip

Day 1, 20.1 miles, 2618 AEG

My wife dropped me off at the I17/Happy Valley Park & Ride where I took the I17 RAPID bus downtown, then hopped on the light rail east to Tempe, then got on another bus (62 South) to S Hardy Dr & W Guadalupe Rd where I exited the bus and started my hike. The transit worked really well except where I messed up in Tempe and missed the 62S bus and had to wait a 1/2 hour for the next. From there, it was a short walk west to the canal where I met up with the Maricopa Trail. I noticed the first MT sign approaching the I10 overpass. The MT continues to the Pima Canyon Trailhead, South Mountain. The trailhead is currently closed for construction but should be reopening soon. It was easy enough to skirt around the construction, there just wasn't access to the parking, restrooms, and water.

Most of this day was hiking the National Trail across South Mountain. My plan was to camp right around where I would exit the park but by the time I reached Telegraph Pass, I knew I would need more water before camping. I had about half a liter when I left the park. I turned south and walked to a house hoping to get water but no one answered so I continued along the MT to 51st Ave where I turned south and stopped at another house where I was allowed to get water.

After getting water, I went back and continued along the MT for maybe half a mile where I stopped to camp. I wanted to get far enough away from the busy road where it wouldn't be as loud during the night. After setting things up, I was just about ready to start dinner when a tribal policeman saw me and stopped. Evidently I was on Gila River tribal land and wasn't allowed to camp there, so I moved my camp about 400' to the other side of the road. The road is the reservation boundary: west side is Gila River Indian Reservation land.

Day 2, 21.6 miles, 875 AEG

There was a lot of traffic noise all night and construction going on north of me so I didn't have the greatest sleep and had trouble getting going in the morning. It was a bit past eight when I continued walking NW down the MT which is the power line road here.

The MT continues down the power line road most all the way to Tres Rios. The east part of Tres Rios is abandoned and parched now. It used to be a heritage site and was a really nice area to walk around but now it is wasteland. Interestingly enough, there is a pair of bald eagles nesting in a dead tree here. The Tribal Policeman told me about the eagles and said to just be quiet as I walked past. The nest was easy to spot and I watched one of the eagles flying around.

West of 91st Ave, there's an MT sign pointing west next to a City of Phoenix sign saying No Trespassing. I decided to trespass as the two signs were contradicting eachother and, well, I'm walking the MT. The "closed area" probably extends to 97th Ave. This whole stretch is along a two lane wide dirt road that was actively being used, though it is gated at least from 91st.

From there the MT continues along Tres Rios to PIR. Most of it is tiered wetlands to the north of the trail (dirt road). Along this stretch two policeman cruised up and talked to me. They patrol the area for people illegally shooting, fishing without a license, and for not having a Tres Rios access permit. At the time, I did not know a permit was needed but it is free, is good for a month after issue, and is available at https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservices/t ... ontactustr.

Once past the wetlands portion of Tres Rios, the MT is a little more difficult to follow but manageable. I was nearing PIR and was getting low on water too, so I stopped to get a couple liters of water at a pond. Tres Rios is wetlands created from City of Phoenix Waste Water Treatment Facility. All the tiers of the wetlands help to filter and clean the water so I wanted to wait as long as possible before getting any water, if at all. Unfortunately I had to get water. The water in the pond was a bit stagnant so it wasn't the best tasting. Fortunately a short distance later, I crossed the Gila River where the water was flowing, so I dumped out what I had got and replaced it.

From Tres Rios, the MT continues past PIR along Indian Springs Rd. There was a lot of construction going on at PIR. The MT then turns south on the east entrance road into Estrella Mountain Regional Park. From there, it first follows the Desert Rose trail and is easy to follow the MT signs to the park's Nature Center.

When I reached the Nature Center, it was after five so nobody was around to ask about camping. I decided to camp at the large ramadas that were nearby with both water and a restroom and power outlets at the tables. About 3 AM, I was awoken by people talking. After a bit I noticed a police car arriving. Awhile later a deisel truck arrived. I believe it was a tow truck but didn't look to see. Finally after 4, the truck left and the police cars started to leave. I thought, good, I'll be able to sleep now, when the police parked their vehicle pointing right at me. Wonderful. I got up and talked to the police, they took my ID and I imagine checked for any outstanding warrants and whatever else they check. We talked for a bit and they left me since they decided I wasn't a bum and wouldn't freeze to death. It turns out a man was threatening suicide and once that was taken care of, they needed the ramada number to place their location on the police report and that is why they happened to see me.

So finally I thought I could get some sleep but then the coyotes lit up. They were yelping and barking and howling like crazy. There must have been well over a dozen of them and they were very close. The kept the racket up off and on for the next hour or so. Ugh.

Day 3, 23.8 miles, 651 AEG

The MT was very well signed on the Estrella Park trails, but once I passed the Nature Center, I wasn't spotting any and wasn't sure exactly where to go. From what I can tell now, there is no MT from the Nature Center to the Beaver TH, which I missed. From the Nature Center I went east on Casey Abbot Dr until I reached an old bikepath heading to the left (west) and took it until it ended, then followed Vineyard to Estrella Pkwy. While along the path, I saw one of those noisy coyotes. It turns out if I went a short distance farther on Casey Abbot Dr, I could then have turned north and crossed Vineyard at Bullard (there may be a fence so I'm not even sure that would work), then the Beaver TH would have been just to the east. As I was entering the bridge on Estrella Pkwy, I saw where the MT came up to where I was, along with an MT sign.

The MT continues north on Estrella Pkwy for about 1.8 miles. When it reaches MC85, I think I was supposed to cross to the east side of Estrella Pkwy, but missed that. When I reached Bullard Ave, I saw an MT sign pointing to the east side. I continued north but think I should have turned west onto Bullard. Instead, I turned west onto Wood Blvd, then crossed a fallow field to where I was able to pick up the MT where it headed north to Yuma Rd.

Here the MT follows Yuma Rd west for 5.7 miles, then turns north on Jackrabbit. The road is busy for a ways and it is noisy and a true urban experience. On the west end, it gets rural as you pass by cotton fields. There's about a 1.5 mile span of "no trail" as you cross under I10 on Jackrabbit then turn west on McDowell. McDowell is closed as you near Bulldozer Wash, which is where the MT is supposed to pick back up. I continued west into Verrado where I stopped at Culver's for a burger and fries and a cold drink. After my break I returned to Bulldozer Wash and tried to pick up the MT. I was hoping to see some signs but I didn't. I walked north up the dirt that started at the power poles, then crossed over to the Verrado paths west of the wash when I reached some fencing. I think I should have crossed over earlier around where the power poles turned to the substation.

I followed the Verrado foot paths up to Indian School Rd where I turned east back to Jackrabbit. At Jackrabbit, I followed some paths north where I started seeing MT signs again. Yeah!

I thought I saw a QT on Jackrabbit on Google maps but I was mistaken so when I reached the last houses before getting to the desert, I knocked on doors until someone answered and let me get some water. Actually, I only knocked on two doors. The first no one was home, and I picked the second because there was three cars in front of it.

So it was nice to get off the roads and onto some trail again. Unfortunately it took me almost all day for that to happen. As the day ended and it grew dark, I found all but one of a "Maricopa Trail" series of geocaches, saving the last for tomorrow.

Unless you're hell bent on walking all of the MT, I suggest either cycling this day's section or just skipping it altogether.

Day 4, 18.9 miles, 576 AEG

I slept pretty good especially since I was tired from lack of sleep the night before and despite some all night partiers a few hundred yards away. I was delaying getting up but then I looked to the east and could see the sunrise was going to be exceptional so up I rose. If you've never seen a sunrise from the White Tanks, I encourage you to do so. The valley stretches out uninterrupted to the east for miles and when the conditions are right, the sunrises are as good as they get. This morning's was truly spectacular.

I had a couple miles before I entered White Tanks Mountain Regional Park. I took a quick side trip to the Nature Center where I wanted to see where the last water was before leaving the park. There was a volunteer I asked while pointing to a spot on the map. She replied that there's no water in the park. I guess she's not familiar with the park as there is lots picnic areas and camping with water in it. So she asked someone in a room behind here and there was water at the place on the map I asked about, maybe two miles farther. The area was a nice picnic area with restrooms and ramadas and a playground. I stopped and got water and had some food before continuing.

I've been on all the MT from where I exited the park to where I stopped for the day previously, either walking or cycling. The trail is very flat except for where it crosses some washes. Most of it is good tread though the dust was very thick in places since it's been so long since rain. The area is not that spectacular though there are some good views of the White Tanks, Estrellas, and the mountains to the north, such as the Heiroglyphics.

I finished up at the Trilby Trailhead. Basically the trail crosses Grand Ave at 163rd ave, then turns right past the train tracks and follows the road a short distance to the trailhead. Not long after I reached Trilby, my wife showed up and shuttled me back home.
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Dec 06 2017
mtabbert
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 Payson, AZ
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2017
mtabbert
Hiking5.75 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.30 mph
600 ft AEG
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DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
Quail Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,065 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   2.60 mph
1,065 ft AEG
 
1st trip
With another late kickoff for the Steelers, I decided to get a quick morning hike in again. Took a ride out to Estrella Mtn Park again to do the trails there again. I got a new camera to replace my old one, which appears to have officially died. I played with it a little bit to compare some of the settings and used the 50x zoom on some far away hills.

I started from the Quail Trail, then took the Rainbow Valley south to the Dysart Trail, then east and went north on the Butterfield Trail, then headed back to the TH along the Toothaker, Baseline and Saddle Trails. Saw only a few hikers. There were probably more combined bikers, trail runners, and horse riders. Didn't get a chance to use my zoom on any interesting animals. Finished up just after 10am and headed home.
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Jul 09 2017
DarthStiller
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   2.58 mph
1,020 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I haven't been to this park in over 15 years. Crazy how time goes so fast. On the other hand, I hiked trails I know I've hiked before and have nearly no memory of them now. So this is like discovering an entire new set of trails that I can hike over again. :y: Plus, I can now log them on HAZ and record them on my GPS and store that in my computer.

I got a 6:30am start at the spur trail for the Baseline Trail from Ramada 6 inside the park. The Baseline Trail has the most elevation gain of all the trails I did today, so it was a lot of climbing right at the start, and then some right at the end of a 10 mile slog in the heat. Actually, the heat wasn't too bad today, but it was noticeable. It also seems like the humidity is starting to creep in with the monsoon as the sweat didn't evaporate away like it normally does.

From the Baseline Trail I did a short segment of the Saddle Trail over to the Toothaker. I took the Toothaker all the way to its terminus, then took a short segment of the Dysart of the Coldwater and headed back. Once the Coldwater reaches the open equestrian lot, it turns into a wide open dirt road, which I wasn't very thrilled with, nor do I have any memory of it 15 years ago. The consolation was that I saw a coyote from there running southbound away from the rodeo arena.

From the Coldwater I took the Butterfield to the Toothaker, then headed back on the eastern half of the Baseline loop. The last climb on the Baseline was the steepest climb of the day, and when I was most spent from the heat and hiking 10 miles already. Saw some signs along the north half of the Baseline loop noting that there are currently bees nests along the trail. Seemed like one was inside the filled in mine shaft right next to the trail.

Once I got back to the car, I saw another coyote walking right along the asphalt road. Seems like they're staying near the amenities, must be some water nearby they're getting.
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Feb 26 2017
WanderingDad
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 Joined Jun 09 2014
 Surprise Az
Estrella Ruck 26 Feb 17, AZ 
Estrella Ruck 26 Feb 17, AZ
 
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WanderingDad
Hiking6.45 Miles 1,411 AEG
Hiking6.45 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.60 mph
1,411 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
 
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