Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Estrella Mountain Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail. Pretty easy. I would say 5 miles though.

3 months ago

Nice little short trial great for beginners.

I like this hike to get in mileage. Not particularly challenging but some good ups and downs. It is fairly challenging for a mountain bike in my opinion since I am not the best mountain biker out there ;)

A moderate hike, not too many hills but my GPS showed us hiking 4.9 miles, not 3.9.

Good distance, took 5 of us (3 kids) 2 hours. Somewhat difficult without being hard. Hot even in December. Pretty views. Trail is well marked. $6 entry/car. Saw no other hikers.

It was a bust

trail running
11 months ago

good 6 miler, nice terrain

nice easy hike. moderate inclines/declines. highest elevation was about 1180ft above sea level so not to crazy. good views of Goodyear and the Estrella Mountains. nothing over exciting with the views but still good landscapes. be aware this 'loop' uses 3 different trails to complete the loop. start on rainbow then take a left on Dysart trail and another left once you get to toothoker trail to head back.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great trail to view the wildflowers in the Spring. In early Mach the hills are blanked in yellow and white flowers, in late March the Cactus come alive.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Love it. So quiet. So clean. Nice workout. Will continue to visit this spot.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

very nice. quite walk

Friday, November 25, 2016

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.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

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.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hiked all the way down Coldwater Trail and back. Very easy & a bit boring, but the solitude was nice. Didn't see anyone late Saturday morning.

Nice trails and easy to do, great views!!!

mountain biking
Monday, August 01, 2016

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.

Monday, December 07, 2015

monday. $6 entrance fee. helpful park office. Quail Trail was easy. loose gravel. easy pace.

on Coldwater Trail

Friday, November 20, 2015

I started out on toothed trail walk to end made left on to gadsden trail up to Coldwater trail to the end then back to parking area.to me it was a out standing hike.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Took Quail Trail to its end where it connects to Rainbow Valley Trail, took that to Baseline Trail and that to Saddle Trail which connects back to Quail Trail. The loop was about 3 miles and took about 45 minutes. The trails were all easy to follow and easy hiking. There is a $2 walk on fee or $6 drive in fee.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I hiked this trail today. All of coldwater then back to dysart and to butterfly. The first half of coldwater is just a service road so was rather boring. The second half was more scenic. I went on a Sunday and maybe ran into 3 bikers, 4-5 groups hiking, and 3 groups of horseback riders. There were bugs at the end of the trail that attacked me (flying ant type) at the end of the trail as I tried to rest wear insect repellant.

trail running
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Must take Coldwater to Gadsden and go L until you hit Butterfield and take another left in order to make this loop. Decent trail run through Coldwater and Butterfield gave the legs a good work out with lots of steep ups and downs. These two trails are good for running although it should get an overall 3 stars because Gadsden was not a good running trail and had lots of large rocks/boulders plus a lot of deep sand to try and run through. Keep an eye out for signs while on Gadsden because they are not as clearly marked as I think are needed.

Monday, January 19, 2015

We hiked Coldwater to Dysart to Butterfield. The gravel parking area by the trailhead had lots of horse trailers and horses. We thought we would see horses on the trail, but we actually didn't. The section of Coldwater we walked was a wide path, mostly flat, with gravel. I would consider it easy. We saw very few people on this trail and no bikes. The full loop we hiked with my dogs was 3.4 miles and took us 1 hour, 40 minutes. The trails were clearly marked, which was nice. There is almost no shade, but it was a beautiful January day for a hike (55-64 degrees). There was lots of horse poop along the way, but we did not see any dog poop. The scenery was your typical desert landscape with cactus, bushes, and rocks. Fortunately, cactus was not a problem on the trail, and neither were ants. The only wildlife we saw were some quail back at the parking lot. I enjoyed the hike, but I would like to try it in reverse next time. Note: the entrance fee to Estrella Mountain Regional Park is $6 per vehicle.

mountain biking
Monday, March 10, 2014

Go some were else, or hike. Maybe the mountain bike loop or dirt road alot better. Almost all big and small sharp edged loose rocks, deep sand with lots of the trail in a deep wide wash.

trail running
Sunday, October 20, 2013

Quail Trail is a spur trail in the Estrella Mountain Regional Park. It connects the Nature Center trailhead to the Baseline Trail.

trail running
Friday, June 21, 2013

The first 2.5 miles are brutal - there are no straightaways. It's just a constant series of dips, turns, and climbs. The latter half is easier. It's mostly downhill with some straight sections, and depending on the time of day, you might be shaded by the hills.

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