dogs on leash
Beautiful trail that has just enough elevation changes to have a decent workout....and some great views of the valley, Goodyear and the White Tanks. This trail has wildflowers in the spring and also a lot of quartz throughout. Great trail that gives you just enough of the wonderful Estrella Mountain Park that you will have to come back. Stop in at the nature center and say hi to the friendly staff and then walk out the back doors and across the parking lot to the trail.
Park entrance fees are $6 per car unless you have an annual pass of course.
This trail is a part of Estrella Mountain Regional Park even though it's located across the street. It's off of Vineyard Road near Bullard Rd. It is a very flat, sandy hike/walk. It is being used for density comparison for various desert plant life. If you're lucky, and it's not summer, you might get to see water in the river! Great location to go to for bird watching.
.5 mile nature trail in Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Very smooth and flat. Has information signs on the area as well as a few plant identifiers. Definitely an easy hike and you can take strollers, wheelchairs, etc on the trail. $6 per car entrance fee for the park.
This trail is referred to as Rainbow North Loop trail. It is a beautiful trail, even better in the spring with the widflowers in bloom. Gets you back into the Estrella Mountain Park area where you will have views into Estrella Mountain Ranch area as well as Tres Rios golf course. Encountered 3 bikers, 2 trail runners and a handful of hikers on the hike today.
We did this in a counter clockwise fashion but can be done either way. Begin at the Rainbow Valley trailhead behind the rodeo arena, turn left onto Dysart Trail, turn left onto Toothaker trail and then right into the parking lot. Despite what the current map on here says, this is a 4.8 mile loop. Accurate trail info is shown in my recording.
Quiet as can be!
I think it was a combination of my choice of time 2-4 pm and time of year, the last day of July.
I saw 2 vehicles leaving as I pulled in.
Even got a friendly wave from a fellow mountain biker leaving (aww).
All to myself, I loved it.
Will definitely go back, I'll try some different times and check the crowds.
The payment box is on the right as soon as you turn in, $6 daily for motor vehicle.
It was ok. Lots of flies, not sure what that was all about. The park as a whole seemed kinda rundown, probably because nobody goes there. I didn't see a single person in the 3.5 hours I was there, hiking. I liked White Tank regional park better.