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Oct 24 2020
Nightstalker
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 Goodyear, AZ
EMRP Loop, AZ 
EMRP Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Oct 24 2020
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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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Aug 14 2020
mt98dew
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Coldwater Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2020
mt98dew
Hiking6.40 Miles 365 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   4.22 mph
365 ft AEG
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After work hike/jog. Legs.....body have been feeling tired of late :? Unsure why. So I went in hoping, but not expecting to run the whole loop. Did one of the easier loops in the park. In on the Coldwater, east on the Gadsden and then back to the TH on the Butterfield. There are a couple of hills on this loop but nothing challenging. Jogged the first couple of miles but after that alternated between hiking and jogging. Obviously it was hot out, but there was a nice, infrequent breeze that help keep things a little cooler. And on the return on the Butterfield, I did have some hill shadows that gave a brief respite from the sun. Had the trails to myself, but I did see one rabbit "hot footing it" across the trail.

Side note.....the Estrellas have one the largest "green areas" out of all the Maricopa trail parks. But to use the term "green" is a generous stretching of that definition.....patchwork Bermuda at best. However over the last 6 months this park has made a concerted effort in watering and the grass is really starting to look like a grass field. Anyway, when I was driving from the TH I passed a green field that was being watered and there was a coyote laying in the grass and 20 yards away, in plain sight, was a roadrunner :) and 6 rabbits hopping around.....the coyote seemed perfectly content with his spot in the grass. Not a sight you expect to see.
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Jan 26 2020
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Rainbow Valley - Toothaker LoopPhoenix, AZ
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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 11 2019
mt98dew
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Coldwater Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog avatar Dec 11 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog5.90 Miles 365 AEG
Run/Jog5.90 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   5.53 mph
365 ft AEG
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Short after work. Not my favorite trail in Estrella, but it is an easy run. Stressful day at work so if was nice to get and decompress. Did this as a simple in and out. Didn't see any wildlife or hikers, though there was another vehicle at the TH. Beautiful moonrise!! Looked like a full moon. :)
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Dec 07 2019
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Quail Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
Hippy
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,823 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   4 Hrs      2.96 mph
1,823 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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Jun 22 2019
DarthStiller
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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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Jan 13 2019
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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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Oct 21 2018
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Desert Rose TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking12.70 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking12.70 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.66 mph
1,113 ft AEG
 
1st trip
With the Steelers on a bye week, I had the opportunity to get out for a Sunday hike, which for some football seasons can be rare. Over a year ago I noticed that a new trail was built in the Estrella county park. This finally seemed like the best time to get out there. The temperatures are finally cool enough now to enjoy a 10+ mile hike without being drained and dehydrated by the end of it.

There was a 30% chance of rain for the day, but that wouldn’t happen until the evening. I started before 6am, with just enough daylight to not need a headlamp. It was cooler, but not chilly. The temperature seemed to be roughly the same all morning, maybe even cooling a little. The winds picked up at times, which helped keep everything pleasant. The clouds near the horizon kept the shade around a bit longer, but once the sun got high enough, the direct daylight was all around.

I started from the rodeo area of Estrella park and took the Coldwater Trail south, left on the Butterfield Trail, then left on the Gadsden Trail, and finally left again onto the Desert Rose Trail. It was an out and back hike to PIR. There’s lots of fuzzy green grass that’s a result of all the recent rain. Some hills seem greener than others, but it does look nicer. The clouds made for nice scenery and cast some nice shadows across the mountains.

Saw only 3 bikers and no other hikers. On the east end of the Desert Rose Trail, it connects with the competitive track, which to my understanding is only for the bikers. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen the hiking trails actually connect to the competitive tracks, which are usually completely separate in other county parks. The track/(trails) actually looked pretty nice and possibly a pleasant hike. They seemed to go thru the hills and terrain a bit more, so the hiking and the scenery might be a bit more interesting.

It had been 3 weeks since my last hike and probably since the summer since I had to charge a battery for my camera. When I went to take my first picture, I found out that the battery and the backup battery were both dead. Luckily the phone camera was suitable enough for anything you’re likely to encounter in a local county park.

This hike brings my total mileage for this year the most I’ve posted on HAZ. I may have exceeded this mileage in years prior when I hiked pretty much every Sunday, but it probably wasn’t by much. Still have a few more months to go, so I’ll see how much I can get in a good year.
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Butterfield / Pedersen / Coldwater LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking15.30 Miles 1,195 AEG
Hiking15.30 Miles   6 Hrs      2.55 mph
1,195 ft AEG
 
1st trip
My daughter's friend at school scored them and my wife and son tickets for Hamilton at ASU. Between that and the cooler weather in the desert now, this was the perfect opportunity to knock out this longer trail in the Estrellas. I hiked this once before nearly 16 years ago, but I can barely remember it at all. I think I did the loop counter-clockwise last time, but I'm not sure. This time I did it clockwise, noting that the last 2 miles would be an easy downgrade on the service road that serves as the Coldwater Trail.

Got started just after 6:30am, with just enough light to not need a headlamp. The first mile was chilly enough to need gloves and my hoodie up. Once the sun hit the horizon and the blood got flowing from the slight uphill grade, the hoodie came off quickly.

The Pedersen Trail starts to get interesting as it nears the Estrella Mountains. Lots of wash crossings on that east part of the loop, making for most of the AEG on this hike. Surprising how deep and wide some of the washes are here, but it is near the mountain, so I guess not so much.

The southernmost part of the loop where the Pedersen Trail runs east and west actually have better views than I expected, although the trail itself is just a service road that's so sandy it's like walking in a wash. I walked the edges of it for nearly 2 miles before I finally just got off trail on the north side, where it looked like mountain bikers and horse riders had done the same thing. It's the first time I can remember that hiking off trail was actually easier than hiking on the actual designated trail. :-k

Took a lunch break just after the 10 mile mark under the shade of a mesquite tree. It was interesting how quickly it got cool sitting in the shade and not moving. That normally happens at higher elevations. Nice to have that kind of weather in a Sonoran environment, even briefly.

Saw the first people just after lunch, 2 mountain bikers. After that I saw 2 trail runners and some hikers in the distance I neared the trailhead where you can see the other trails since they're so close.

Finished up about 1pm, 6 hours to hike over 15 miles.
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Jan 19 2018
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Butterfield / Pedersen / Coldwater LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2018
kingsnake
Hiking15.79 Miles 1,022 AEG
Hiking15.79 Miles   5 Hrs   28 Mns   2.89 mph
1,022 ft AEG
 
The last time I hiked in Estrella Mountain Regional Park was six years ago. Other than Gadsden Trail being miles of deep, sandy, wash, Estrella’s trails were very mellow. Large mileage is available without doing an out & back, which I always try to avoid.

In 2011, took Gadsden Trail from Corgett Wash to Coldwater Trail. This time I did all of Pedersen Trail. (Three Es in the correct spelling.)

I ate breakfast at the Waffle House on Dysart, but still got to the trailhead before sunrise, which was typically Arizona awesome.

Throughout my hike, there were directional signs for a trail running ultramarathon. (The longer distances did five laps of this loop.) It made me think of “Signs”, by Five Man Electrical Band.

From Gadsden Trail, the stock cars at Phoenix International Raceway, five miles away, were clearly audible. And that was only one or two cars: Imagine if there were 43!

Pederson, south of Gadsden, has a TON of cholla, mostly teddy bear, though I also spotted some buckhorn. Six years ago, the cholla actually blocked the trail at points; now it is clear, except for the odd fallen ball.

After a long break at the far southeast corner of Pedersen -- 3 bar Verizon reception -- I continued west on Pedersen. Or just off it, in the desert, as the jeep trail was deep sand. I found one saguaro that was leaking so much sap it had a puddle at its base. Pretty cool.

At "155th Avenue" -- that is its real name -- I turned north, still on Pedersen. A mile up, I thought I saw a trailer, but it turned out to be large tent full of tables, chairs, cots, Coleman stoves, and two liter bottles of soda for the trail runners. Unfortunately, no beer. I took advantage of the shade, for my second break.

Just north of Corgett Wash, I could see I-10 against the White Tank Mountains.

Still on Pedersen, just before the intersection with Toothaker Trail, there is an interesting out crop of white rocks. (Smaller white rocks are scattered all over the park.)

Lots of small planes overhead, taking off from and landing at Goodyear Airport, which is visible from the west flank of Knobb Hill on Coldwater Trail.

The trail runners had another support tent at the corral. While the day started out cool & breezy, it had become warm & sunny, so I took a short break in the shade. I only had a mile to go, but I earned it.

In 2011, I said this was a really boring loop. This time, it was not so bad. Mostly, I did it for the miles. I know it's not a lot for many folks on here, but I'm trying to get 100 miles for the month. :)

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MT - Guadalupe to Trilby, AZ 
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Backpack avatar Dec 28 2017
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Backpack84.43 Miles 4,741 AEG
Backpack84.43 Miles4 Days         
4,741 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
 
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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 17 2017
DarthStiller
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Gadsden Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Dec 17 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking10.50 Miles 873 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   4 Hrs   1 Min   2.61 mph
873 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Later kickoff for the Steeler game so I went out to get another quick hike in. Started just after 6am and hiked the first 45 minutes in the dark with a headlamp. When I left my house in Mesa, there was a downpour of rain, and a little thunder and lightning on top of that. By the time I was past the 101 on I-10, the roads were dry. It was cloudy for first 2 hours, but then the sun came out the last 2 hours.

From the rodeo parking lot, I took the Coldwater Trail to the Gadsden, then headed back on the Butterfield Trail to the parking lot. did a couple spurs off of the loop to hike some sections of trails and to add a little bit of mileage. Finished up in 4 hours and was home by noon.
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mt98dew
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Coldwater Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog6.42 Miles 365 AEG
Run/Jog6.42 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   5.14 mph
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After work jog. Did a loop CCW. Coldwater-Gadsden-Butterfield. Trying to work in a new pair of Altra, with inserts. Not as comfortable as I would like. Feel like I could roll an ankle at any time. I'm hoping that with some use that I can break them in, but I may have to take out the inserts. Had the trails to myself. Saw a few lizards and a roadrunner and that was it.
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Jul 09 2017
DarthStiller
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51 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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Mar 05 2017
WanderingDad
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35 male
 Joined Jun 09 2014
 Surprise Az
Estrella Ruck 05 Mar 17, AZ 
Estrella Ruck 05 Mar 17, AZ
 
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WanderingDad
Hiking5.82 Miles 1,378 AEG
Hiking5.82 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.53 mph
1,378 ft AEG      2 Mns Break35 LBS Pack
 
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Feb 18 2017
MikeS
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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
Coldwater Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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MikeS
Hiking10.00 Miles 585 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   5.61 mph
585 ft AEG
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I went out and putzed around at Estrella before the rain. I was actually planning to get rained on which is always fun but as I was getting to the end, I hurried back to the truck since I had not got wet yet. Within 30 seconds of getting in the truck, it started to come down hard. Beautiful day.
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Feb 05 2017
WanderingDad
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 Routes 23
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35 male
 Joined Jun 09 2014
 Surprise Az
Estrella Ruck 05 Feb 17, AZ 
Estrella Ruck 05 Feb 17, AZ
 
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WanderingDad
Hiking7.35 Miles 601 AEG
Hiking7.35 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.85 mph
601 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
 
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Aug 07 2016
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Coldwater Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Run/Jog5.90 Miles 365 AEG
Run/Jog5.90 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   5.36 mph
365 ft AEG
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Early morning run in the Estrella's. I did an in and out on the Coldwater. Balls of my feet were still sore from yesterday's hike so I was moving gingerly at first. But as the run continued and I warmed up, I began to feel better. Turns out the Coldwater was just what the doctor ordered. Weather was perfect. Minimal humidity with a light breeze to keep things cool. Wildlife included a large group of quail, a couple of chipmunks a rabbit and small garter snake.
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Mar 19 2016
MikeS
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 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
Butterfield Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2016
MikeS
Hiking9.10 Miles 780 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   6.42 mph
780 ft AEG
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Ran with Trevor. We went out to do the competitive track (which I have actually never done) but the gate was locked so we went back to the regular entrance. Nice run.
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Dec 14 2015
mtabbert
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68 male
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 Payson, AZ
Baseline Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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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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