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Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra Estrella - 76 members in 250 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 21 2020
Tortoise_Hiker
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking5.70 Miles 2,509 AEG
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Wally, Bob and I did this as our 59 year old guys hike. I really enjoy these hikes with the two of them. It’s fun to reminisce about some of the hikes we’ve enjoyed together. Lots of fun times! Numbers aren’t big but my legs say it was quite the workout for me. Of course Wally and Bob don’t age!! 🤦‍♂️😁 The drive in from the south had a couple rough spots but Wally navigated them fine. Hit the trail 830ish and still the first car there. One hiker summited right after us then we saw a few hikers in the last two miles of the hike. At least half asked how much farther. 😳 Nice hike. It was smoother going on the drive out. We stopped at Rudy’s for a bite on the way back to our park and ride. Fun outing! Nice hike, good weather , great friends! Thanks gentlemen, like haz, you rock!
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Quartz Peak - Sierra Estrella
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Nov 21 2020
BobP
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59 male
 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
BobP
Hiking5.70 Miles 2,509 AEG
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2,509 ft AEG
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wallyfrack
A double Sqauw would have been better. Long drive but pretty awesome views. Cool summit. No Christmas Denny songs this year, but there were a few Denny and the Jets and Denny couldn't start the fire songs. Recalling memories is the best part. This one time with Wally or hold on to the handle I saw this once done on a cartoon. I did see a section of degassed magma. Overall, fun trip!
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Nov 21 2020
wallyfrack
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking5.70 Miles 2,509 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles
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Tortoise_Hiker
Another Hike with Pelicano & Tortuga. The drive in was more exciting than I imagined but only in a few spots. The temps were nice on the hike up and we had some shade. Denny let us time to take breaks to make it easy. Bob kneed a rock but the rock won. I hiked here once before 10 years ago. The hike is little longer than I remembered and worth doing if you haven't done it in a while. The drive in can be easier if you follow rwstorm's route from the south. The usual banter went on and while there were no Denny Christmas songs with that goatee I did imagine him dressed up as a snowman singing Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
It was nice hiking with the boys again.
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Oct 22 2020
JuanJaimeiii
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53 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.80 Miles 2,494 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.30 mph
2,494 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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It’s always a great day for a hike on Quartz Peak but today was particularly good out there. Had an awesome hike up and back down. I just love this hike.
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Apr 18 2020
emilystardust
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38 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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emilystardust
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
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I wasn't sure about taking my vehicle based on road description, but I headed in from the north side and had no issues in my Crosstrek. Looks like I got in the last cool morning/early afternoon before it gets hot. Phew!
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Apr 08 2020
JuanJaimeiii
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53 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.14 mph
2,550 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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I thought this would be the perfect height to get out of town clear my head and get some solitude. Well it cleared my head and that helped substantially but there was definitely not solitude. I saw five other small groups of hikers. We all keep our appropriate distance but I don’t recall ever seeing that many people at Quartz Peak.
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Mar 23 2020
azhiker96
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61 male
 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Gilbert, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2020
azhiker96
Hiking5.92 Miles 2,482 AEG
Hiking5.92 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   1.79 mph
2,482 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
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Lots of common lizards and one female collared lizard. Light hiking pressure due to the remote TH. High clearance required and I would recommend 4x4, especially on the approach from the South. Great day and the hike is a grind as always.
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Mar 14 2020
richvosko
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 Routes 26
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34 male
 Joined Apr 14 2019
 Tempe
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
richvosko
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
2,550 ft AEG
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Jan 28 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Butterfly Mountain 4119 - EstrellasPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2020
Jim_H
Hiking7.70 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles
3,300 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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This ends up being the last of the major off trail Estrella Summits I have done. Can't say I'd do it again. Estrella and both Montezuma Peaks were fun, this not so much. It's a nasty, rough, rocky, very thorny ridge with not much different that what is on Quartz. Something new, but I'd rather hike Montezuma Peak again.

Actually, I did enjoy my time on the summit, and on Quartz, and it was fairly quiet out here, save for a lot of airplane traffic. However, I learned that I do not have any interest in the ridge line, at all, and probably won't return this spring to explore that area at 3000' south of Montezuma Peak.
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Jan 19 2020
fdv75
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63 male
 Joined Feb 10 2008
 Kent,wa
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2020
fdv75
Hiking6.03 Miles 2,502 AEG
Hiking6.03 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.02 mph
2,502 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Very windy at the summit of Quartz Peak.
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Jan 19 2020
LindaAnn
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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Quartz and Butterfly, AZ 
Quartz and Butterfly, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking8.17 Miles 3,017 AEG
Hiking8.17 Miles   8 Hrs   34 Mns   1.18 mph
3,017 ft AEG   1 Hour   37 Mns Break
 
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Started from the trailhead around 0700. Very breezy, but not very cool. Heading up to Quartz was pretty uneventful, just a never ending uphill. By the time I was about a third of a mile from the summit, the wind was blowing full force. Staying upright on the scramble was very difficult, and my pace slowed considerably, as I was more focused on not falling from the wind. Quick stop at the summit, then I headed over towards Butterfly.

Slow pace to Butterfly, thanks to the loose rocks, rugged terrain, and non stop wind. I saw three bighorn sheep on the way, but they immediately darted off out of sight. I headed up to the eastern summit of Butterfly, but stopped just shy due to the wind. Poked around the rocks a little, trying to get different pictures and find a place out of the wind. No luck, so I headed back.

At the saddle between Quartz and Butterfly, I headed south down the drainage. I descended this same drainage three years ago, and remembered it as tough but doable. Last time, I took some wide bypasses to avoid the bigger drops in the drainage, but today, I was able to skip some of those bypasses, and tighten up all of the others to spend as much time as possible in the drainage itself, which has less brush than the rocks on either side. Slow and tedious descent, but it was enjoyable. Very warm once I was out of the wind. Lots of wildlife evidence, but I didn't see anything besides birds.

Once in the lower part of the wash, I headed over to the mica quarry to look around, but there were beehives in the mines, and my presence was getting them all agitated, so I didn't stick around. From the mine, I followed an old Jeep road back to the trail, then back to the trailhead. Other than some people parked at the trailhead when I finished, I didn't see anyone else all day. Fun day, but I don't think I'll waste my time on Butterfly in the future. The drainage descent is good though for a visit every few years.
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Dec 21 2019
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking6.80 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking6.80 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.74 mph
2,600 ft AEG      50 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Crazy windy today. Hot in the sun, cold in the shade. Trail at the top was easier to follow than I remember from past visits. Riggs Road - the wash was really sandy, ended up following two track running parallel and just south of the wash. On the way out, we came across a young man in a Corolla buried up the the axles in the sand. Hooked up my tow rope and pulled him out. Made sure he made it all the way back out to the paved road.
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Nov 24 2019
caragruey
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 Joined Feb 04 2017
 Sun City
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2019
caragruey
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
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Beautiful day for a hike with friends!
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Oct 12 2019
PJackalope
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45 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
PJackalope
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
2,550 ft AEG      30 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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On Saturday, took a small group of motived scouts up to Quartz Peak. This is one of my favorite hikes because of the challenge it presents, the view from the top, and solitude from the crowds at Camelback and other city hikes. I also find the quartz on top to weirdly fascinating. The hike moved along pretty good, but we didn't get all the way back to the trail head before the heat of the day set in. While certainly nothing that it could be in the summer, it was still plenty warm and that dragged on us it a bit. Fortunately we all had water and I had an ice chest full of cold beverages waiting for us back the TH to cool us off and start the relaxing recovery part. Overall, it was a good day. Everyone had a good time!
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Apr 27 2019
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
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LindaAnn
Linda and I were headed for Montezuma, but the access road was as elusive as the gold that I just know is out there waiting for me to discover. Did some cross country motor touring- thank god I bought the Michelin's- and eventually after a pit stop at the old watering hole, we settled on this as a back up. It was too late in the day, and with temps forecast near 100, probably too late in the season for Montezuma. As it was Quartz was a bit much for us, but a suitable backup it was. Still, not in town!
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Apr 27 2019
LindaAnn
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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking5.84 Miles 2,597 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   1.73 mph
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Plan A was a no-go, so Quartz ended up being plan B. It was, of course, too warm for me, so I took my time hiking uphill. Lots and lots of gnats. It's always nice to get the views of the Valley from the top, and it always gets me how I drove so far just to see my house a few miles away. Plus there's a nice perspective of seeing the new portion of Loop-202 all at once. Smoke from the brush fire near Wickenburg contributed to some hazy views. Easy, but warm, descent after eating lunch on the summit. As expected, no other hikers on the trail.
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Apr 17 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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53 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   1.43 mph
2,550 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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My friend Marco has been wanting to do this one for a long time. Finally our schedules lined up so we jumped in his Jeep and off we went. Perfect day to be on this trail with scattered clouds above and a light breeze.
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Apr 16 2019
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Joined Jan 28 2010
 Fountain Hills,
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking5.76 Miles 2,521 AEG
Hiking5.76 Miles   6 Hrs   38 Mns   1.83 mph
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My first hike up to Quartz Peak.
It's a great hike.

Since HAZ is full of 'Quartz' triplogs, there's not much I can add.

The only thing I did, out of the norm for a 'Quartz Hike' is, I casually looked for some benchmarks that were possibly near the trail. I found nothing. They aren't published anywhere - Just a TOPO map symbol. Possibly not even a disk, but just a carving in a boulder. Next time, I'll devote more time to search for them.

I did locate an Army War Dept disk (1949), with those four 25 foot long panels surrounding the disk.
The disk is in perfect shape, but the four panels are almost invisible now.
One of the panels is literally 3 or 4 feet from the road, adjacent to Sevenmile Mtn, when coming into Rainbow Valley from the south.

Great weather, with a nice breeze - An excellent workout, and a fun trail.
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Apr 14 2019
PatrickL
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29 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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PatrickL
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
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Apr 13 2019
noonrussell
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27 male
 Joined Apr 16 2019
 Maricopa
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2019
noonrussell
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   0.80 mph
2,550 ft AEG
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Getting to this trail is not the easiest when coming from the south from Maricopa. Initially, we attempted to hike Quartz Peak on 23 March, but couldn't make it along the powerline road as it is too washed out to take a low clearance car (naturally, a Dodge Dart) and I started stinking up the clutch and almost tore a hole in the sidewall of my tires from the slick, sharp rocks trying to get back over the first hill on the entrance to the powerline road. Deciding to abandon Quartz Peak, we hiked Seven Mile Mtn. instead. Afterwards, we went back out to Hwy. 238, down to the landfill, and around the airport. We then found the Quartz Peak trailhead, but by then it was late afternoon.

Driving a manual made it easier for me to creep the car over some of the washed out areas and to keep her going through all the sand. But, the sand is the important part here. Coming around the airport, about 75% of the road is either in a sand wash or on very sandy ground. The first time we went (23 March), it had rained about 2 weeks prior, so there hadn’t yet been a great deal of traffic through the sandy parts. Fast forward to 13 April (3 week later), and the same road around the airport was a lot rougher. You see, everyone with 4wd and high clearance, takes the road quickly (because they can). As a result, the sand loses its compaction from the rain, and the bumps and dips get steeper and deeper. The second time around, I bumped the car bumper a couple times on some of the deeper dips, and the sand was a lot softer beneath my tires. Therefore, it is not impossible to reach the Quartz Peak trail with a low clearance 2wd car, but make sure you are experienced driving on sand, over rough terrain, and know how to dig a car out after it gets stuck; and carry a shovel, and a couple extra gallons of water.

As for the trail, for getting back into hiking after several years of not doing any, this trail was a great reminder of the ass-kicking that is what makes hiking so much fun. The Stats Box on this trail says that a round trip on average takes 3-4 hours. I can definitely see that that as being the case, but since it was our first time back on mountains, my wife and I took quite a bit longer. About 3 hours each way. There were lots of cairns along the trail, which was nice until the second half as we begun to scramble over rocks. The issue is that there are cairns everywhere to the point that there is no single trail up and over the rocks. Therefore, unfortunately, you are left "choosing your own adventure".

Since we were there the whole day, we encountered a total of 6 other pairs of hikers. Several people had brought their dogs on the trail. For that, I'd say make sure your pooch is conditioned for constant sun exposure and climbing over rocks. The hardest part of the trail is at the top, which is when the dogs are the most tired. We saw some people hoisting their dogs halfway up the rocks, hoping the dogs would climb the other half. The dogs attempted to, but you could see how exhausted they were. So again, to emphasize: only bring your dogs if they are not overweight, they are conditioned for the sun, their pads are hardened off to rough ground, and they have experience climbing and jumping over rocks and boulders.

Seating (that's comfortable) on the Quartz peak is limited, but it is certainly very cool to the touch. You get a great view of Seven Mile Mountain, South Mountain, and many others. We were even able to see Picacho Peak (~70 miles as the crow flies)!

Overall, it’s a terrific hike, but it can take a lot out of you if you aren’t conditioned, don’t cover up, and bring plenty of water. We will definitely be doing this trail again, many more times!
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