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Rainbow Valley, Dysart and Toothaker Trail Loop

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Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Rainbow Valley, Dysart and Toothaker Trail Loop is a 5 mile loop trail located near Goodyear, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 351 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

views

wildlife

hiking
27 days ago

We did a trail run on this loop before it got hot out. It's good for a run, not too hard at all. Trails well marked.

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bugs
fee
no shade
1 month ago

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Moderate trail with nice rolling hills. Not too rocky or steep. Good for dogs or trail running. You don’t need hiking boots, running shoes would be fine.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a pleasant easy hike, but no shade. Luckily it was overcast and cool for us!

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rocky
2 months ago

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fee
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Great Hike that is a moderate to easy trail that offers some great views and changing terrain. Beautiful weather for January!

Easy to moderate hike. A nice fun trail with very little foot traffic. Definitely plan to do again!

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fee
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Very pretty hike/jog. I ran the route in about an hour on a cold December morning. It was my first full day in Arizona and I found it very beautiful and pleasant.

11/19/2019...beautiful cool morning to hike with friends.

Counter clockwise up and down wash after wash. At the 2.5 mile mark you pick up the Rainbow Valley trail. The AllTrails app route course does not accurately display the trail it looks like you go off trail and then back again.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

Lots of turn backs so no steep inclines ( when hiking counter clockwise). Great views of Estrella Mountains. Plenty of parking at trailhead behind horse arena.

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no shade
rocky
7 months ago

Great trail!

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

what can I say 93°

hiking
Tue Apr 02 2019

Did this trail today. left around 10:30 am. I would rate it as moderate due to the heat. 85 degrees when we started and 95 degrees 2 hours later when we finished. We are from Oregon and usually hike 3 - 4.5 miles with 1200 - 1500 feet of vertical. I would say the heat/sun caught us of guard a bit. wife ran out of water so pack pack plenty if your not acclimated to the weather.

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

Saturday 3/30/2019 We’ve hiked Lake Pleasant trails for the past several weekends so we decided to try someplace new this time by going to Estrella Mountain. Travel time was about the same from Surprise (about 35 minutes). After securing our mandatory hiking fuel (Starbucks), we drove straight to Estrella Park Nature Center to purchase the season pass we’ve been wanting and to pick up a trail map. The ladies working there were very nice and informative. We spent a few minutes looking around at their displays. They had several species in terrariums (Western Diamondback, King Snake, Gopher Snake, scorpion, tarantula, and a tortoise to name a few). We had previously decided to hike the Rainbow Valley to Dysart Loop so we drove to the trailhead parking lot located approximately 1.5 miles from the Nature Center. There were clean restrooms available near the parking lot. We immediately hit the trail after I started recording our hike in the AllTrails app. For some reason however, the app failed to save our recording. I imagine I did something wrong (it’s only our second time using it). Our first impression of the trail was that the vegetation seemed quite a bit more sparse than at Lake Pleasant. We were pleased to see several wild flowers but they were just not as abundant as they are at the Lake. There are far fewer Saguaro Cactus too. It’s cool to see the variation in rocks/minerals from place to place (even when they are in close proximity). We noticed there wasn’t much solid rock formations and/or free standing boulders at Estrella but there seemed to be abundant quartz-like rocks and other shiny/sparkly rocks littered around on the ground practically everywhere we looked (sorry for the crappy description but I’m no geologist for sure!). Like everywhere else, the little lizards were abundant and I took a picture of a cool little black one. It seemed there were also more and varied insects at Estrella compared to Lake Pleasant but that could simply be due to rising temperatures. Although the ladies at the nature center said rattlesnakes are spotted daily by visitors, we did not see one. The only other wildlife we observed was a ground squirrel. It was an enjoyable hike overall and would definitely recommend it to others, especially to those who have not visited Estrella before like us. There probably wasn’t enough variety about the trail to entice us to come back because we are new to the State and we are trying to experience as much variety and different places as we can at this point in time.

mountain biking
Sun Jul 29 2018

Best loop at Estrella hands down! Really tests your skills at the beginning to mid section, fun downhill afterwards. If you want to get your ass ripped and balls licked, definitely try this loop!!

hiking
Tue Dec 19 2017

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.

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