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Nov 21 2021
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Saddle Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 21 2021
mt98dew
Run/Jog3.13 Miles
Run/Jog3.13 Miles      36 Mns   5.22 mph
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Short mid morning run in the Estrellas. Got to the Quail TH a little after 10am. Did a short lasso that briefly touched a lot of trails. In on the Quail - Saddle - Baseline - Toothacher - Rainbow - And then back on the Quail. Only trails that 8 did completely were Saddle and Quail. Nice loop. Some minor elevation gain, ideal for my level of running, and the distance gives me a workout without taking much time.encountered 2 runners and 3 hikers. Temps were perfect!
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Jul 21 2020
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Saddle Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 21 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog2.40 Miles
Run/Jog2.40 Miles      30 Mns   4.80 mph
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After work jog. Short loop starting from the Quail Trail TH. Went in on the Quail - Saddle - Baseline - connector trail to Rainbow and then back on the Quail Trail. I had done this loop a couple of times over the years, but apparently I shortened it by about .5 miles by taking the "first right" while on the Baseline (this was the connector trail) instead of continuing on to where the Toothacher starts. Not a huge change. My goal was the Saddle trail. No wildlife and no other activity in the park. I did have to use my pass to get into the park. I was surprised by that. Typically on days like this no be mans the booth and they rely on the honor system.
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Dec 07 2019
Hippy
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 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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52 male
 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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Aug 14 2019
mt98dew
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Saddle Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 14 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog3.15 Miles
Run/Jog3.15 Miles      37 Mns   5.11 mph
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Short after work jog in the Estrellas. Got on the trail a little after 4 and did a short lasso....in on the Quail and then went clockwise on the following trails: Saddle - Baseline- Toothacher - Rainbow Valley - and then Quail back to the TH. Nice little loop with some decent ups and downs. Warm day with very little wind, but not as bad as I thought it would be. No wildlife.
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Sep 27 2018
mt98dew
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52 male
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 Phoenix,Az
Saddle Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2018
mt98dew
Hiking3.11 Miles
Hiking3.11 Miles      35 Mns   5.33 mph
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Short after work run. Went out to the Estrellas and did a loop involving Quail - Saddle - Baseline - Toothacher - Rainbow Valley and then back to the TH on the Quail. May sound like a lot but the only trails I did completely were the Saddle and Quail. The other trails were only short segments. Nice loop with only a little bit of elevation change and it was fairly gradual when it happened. Noticed that the park has changed its policy so that it locks that gates at night. This use to be the only Maricopa park (that I knew of) that didn't lock down for night. :( Had the trails to myself, but I did quite a few small lizards and a couple of road runners. That's always a treat :)
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Oct 22 2017
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 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 2016
mtabbert
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69 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Quail Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mtabbert
Hiking5.00 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
550 ft AEG
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First hike with the CantaMia Hiking Club.
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Apr 02 2015
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Saddle Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking0.60 Miles
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Very short hike with family. Did an in and out from the Quail TH to the end of the Saddle Trail. Didn't have my Garmin with me, but I don't believe it was much over . 5 miles. Not as exactly what I was expecting, but when your with family you take what you can get. Temps were very nice, but air quality seemed poor. No wildlife seen.
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Feb 02 2015
RunMule
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39 male
 Joined Sep 04 2014
 Goodyear, AZ
Rainbow Valley Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2015
RunMule
Hiking8.00 Miles 640 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   5.33 mph
640 ft AEG
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Started at quail trail up to rainbow then down toothaker to baseline and saddle back to car. The fog made the run great and was able to watch the sunrise from the highest point on the rainbow trail!!
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Jan 01 2015
MikeS
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 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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Jan 01 2015
RunMule
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39 male
 Joined Sep 04 2014
 Goodyear, AZ
Rainbow Valley - Toothaker LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 01 2015
RunMule
Run/Jog12.00 Miles 369 AEG
Run/Jog12.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   4.80 mph
369 ft AEG
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Started up the Quail Trail to the Rainbow Trail to Toothaker and then to the Horseshoe trail to baseline trail and then back up Rainbow and down Saddle trail to Quail back to car. Started at 6 in the morning so it was nice and cold but I love to run in the cold so it did not bother me. First run of 2015!!!
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Dec 27 2014
MikeS
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 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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Dec 20 2014
MikeS
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 Goodyear, AZ
Rainbow Valley - Toothaker LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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MikeS
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,035 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   5.68 mph
1,035 ft AEG
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Parked on the lower road and went up Quail>Saddle>Baseline>Toothaker>Dysart>S Rainbow>Toothaker>Dysart>N Rainbow>Quail>Saddle>Quail. Ran into @spiderlegs at mile 7.5. Good to see him as we are both prepping for the Coldwater Rumble out there.
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Oct 26 2014
SpiderLegs
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 Tucson, AZ
Quail Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Run/Jog8.60 Miles 1,100 AEG
Run/Jog8.60 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   5.11 mph
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Back for another round at EMRP this morning. Not as cool and humid again, hopefully cool & crisp weather arrives this week. Doused myself from head to toe with DEET, so avoided bug bites but the flies were quite annoying. Some sort of fly plague around town, I've killed at least 20 in the past few days and the restaurant I was at last night was having the same issue. Spent the whole run with flies buzzing around my head and ended up eating one while on the trail.

Nothing too exciting to report, took it slow and trying to get a new pair of shoes dialed in.

Trail conditions have improved dramatically, in some spots the trails are in better shape than they were before all of the storm damage. But the horse rides have started up again, so you do have to dodge road apples.
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Oct 05 2014
SpiderLegs
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 Tucson, AZ
Quail Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Run/Jog8.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Run/Jog8.20 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   4.97 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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Feeling my age this morning, but still wanted to get out and do an easy run. Blew out my back lifting in the gym, so basically did the old man shuffle for most of the run. Met Jeff bright and early so we could watch the sun come up as we were running. Haven't been out here since all of the big storms, so there has been a lot of damage to the trails. Again, it doesn't appear that I will be posting any personal course records anytime soon on these trails either. What once was smooth is now rocky and some of the washes have doubled in size or are now 2-3 feet deeper.

Went up Quail Trail to Rainbow, then over to Toothaker. From Toothaker hit Baseline and followed that around to where it intersects with the Saddle Trail. Took that down to Quail and back to the car. Found that this loop gives you about the most AEG in the shortest amount of time in the park. Basically hit all of the trails in the park with decent vertical gain.

Still felt a little bit of humidity in the air, but it was in the 60's for the entire run. Bugs were not bad on the trail, but got eaten alive in the parking lot.
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Jul 05 2014
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 Tucson, AZ
Rainbow Valley Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Run/Jog9.73 Miles 1,813 AEG
Run/Jog9.73 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   4.99 mph
1,813 ft AEG
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Got up bright and early to hit Ford Canyon before the sun was up. Drove all the way to the White Tanks to discover that the gate to the park was locked. Turned my car around cursing all the way to the Loop 303 trying to figure out what to do this morning. Was really hoping to get a decent amount of AEG today. Pointed my car south and headed over to the Estrellas instead, knowing that the gate to the park is never,ever locked. So hit the Rainbow Trail for the third time this week.

Tried to devise a route that would give me as much AEG as possible in a two hour period. Started at the Quail Trail and then over to the Saddle Trail, then Baseline before hitting the Rainbow Trail. Ran the Rainbow Trail up and over the big hill to the intersection with the Toothaker Trail, turned around and headed back the same way I came. Got to the Baseline Trail with about 15 minutes to spare, so just started power hiking up and down the hills to sneak in a little more AEG.

Hot, humid run but luckily the sun was behind the clouds for the majority of the run.
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Feb 01 2014
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Quail Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog2.36 Miles
Run/Jog2.36 Miles      33 Mns   4.29 mph
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Daughter still on her cardio kick, so we went out to the Estrellas for a quick jog. We did a lasso starting from the Quail TH and the went clockwise, incorporating the Saddle Trail, parts of the Baseline and Rainbow Valley Trails and the back on the Quail Trail. We weren't able to jog the whole thing but we gave ourselves a bar for next time. Only saw a few people on the trail, but the east end of the park was packed! Looked like 100 tents or more. Weather was perfect.
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 Chandler, AZ
Butterfield / Pedersen / Coldwater LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Booneman
Run/Jog19.25 Miles 1,258 AEG
Run/Jog19.25 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   6.64 mph
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1st trip
Arrick and I got together on the West side for a nice loop run in the Estrellas.
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