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Nov 28 2020
Booneman
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40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Homestead Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 28 2020
Booneman
Run/Jog15.00 Miles 628 AEG
Run/Jog15.00 Miles   2 Hrs   32 Mns   5.92 mph
628 ft AEG
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1st trip
Starting from Estrella Foothills High School, I sort of mountain biked across the desert on the private trails (roadrunner and park ave) to enter the park. I walked quite a bit of it due to the technical terrain and my lack of skills. From inside the park I ran out and back on Gadsen and Homestead to complete this set on foot. Then I rode the three miles back on unnamed dirt roads to the school.
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Feb 09 2020
Nightstalker
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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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Jul 21 2019
mt98dew
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Crossover Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 21 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog6.11 Miles 40 AEG
Run/Jog6.11 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   4.58 mph
40 ft AEG
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Early morning jog. Did this from the Estrella Foothills side. Parked next to the baseball field and took several Foothill trails to reach the Crossover (took the FH to the PA and the PA trail back to the Crossover). Nice to get back to this side of the Estrellas. These Foothill trails might be kind of nice to explore more thoroughly. Did this as an in and out, so once I reached the Pedersen I turned around and came back the way I came. Weather was pretty nice for an early morning run. Upper 80's with little breeze. Met 1 biker while I was out there. Wildlife included a roadrunner and a chipmunk.
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Jun 22 2019
DarthStiller
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 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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Dec 27 2016
mt98dew
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Crossover Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2016
mt98dew
Hiking6.07 Miles 60 AEG
Hiking6.07 Miles
60 ft AEG
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I had been passing the Crossover Trail for over year whenever I was utilizing the Pedersen. Today was the day I decided to find out where this trail went. I assumed the other end of it started somewhere in the Estrella Mountain Ranch Community so I decided to drive over to see if I couldn't start from the beginning. After a little bit of scouring along Estrella Parkway I discovered that I was only part right. I found a trailhead but it was not for the Crossover Trail, instead there was an independent burgeoning trail system. I figured there must be some interaction between the two and decided to see if I couldn't discover how they were connected.

I parked at what I took to be a trailhead just to the north of the Estrella Foothills High School. The trail is a bit hard to discern but if you look east of the bmx course you'll see the first trail sign. My goal was to connect to the Crossover Trail so my decision making was based solely on this, but there seems to be at least 5 individual trails in this system (FH, PA, RR, JR, SA. Not very original, but that how they are currently named). To get to the Crossover Trail I took this route...approximately. From the bmx course I went about .15 miles on the FH Trail until it intersected a dirt road heading north-south. This road has become an adopted trail called SA. I turned north on this road (SA trail), crossed a signicant wash, and a little over .5 miles from the bmx course came upon the PA trail. This turned out to be a sweet, single track that wound to the east and eventually led to the Crossover Trail. Where these two trails meet there is a fence and an open gate indicating the ending of the Estrella Mountain Ranch Community property and the beginning of the Estrella Mountain Regional Preserve. There is a pay station at this juncture for use of the regional park. The Crossover Trail is not signed at this end, so I actually had to hike to the other end of the trail (about .9 miles) to confirm that I had indeed done the Crossover Trail. It was just over 3 miles to reach this point. I turned around and headed back out...mission accomplished!

Side note. There are signs on the Estrella Mountain Ranch Community side that say this is private property....and that all trails are for hiking and biking only. Not sure if that means that this trail system is for residents only or to stay on the trails. I took a more liberal interpretation. If this an unrestricted trail system this might be a worthwhile option for those who want to access the interior of the regional preserve (Homestead, Pedersen) without having to hike 4 miles to reach it.

Beautiful day out. Weather was crisp and clear. Minimal wildlife a chipmunk and a few quail. Bella was with me again and she did fantastic!
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