estrella - TRAIL

estrella - Trail, Phoenix, Arizona

Estrella Mountain Regional Park has 19,840 acres of desert and mountains. These became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954. Estrella Park offers over 33 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Park Trails range in length from 2.3 miles to 8.8 miles and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous.

User Reviews (5)

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Larryk_46   Cross Country Rider [Feb 20, 2010]

I am a North Country rider, but due to weather I decided to explore the flat land rides. I was visiting a friend near Estrella and decided to try the park. I found it more of a burden to ride than was fun. Too many rock covered trails. I explored about 8 miles of the area and left. The $6.00 price to get into the park makes it even less attractive.

Customer Service

Trails in the McDowell Park area are much superior.

Similar Products Used: Prescott trails 396, 305, 307.....
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khartle   Cross Country Rider [Jun 09, 2007]

This trail was a great race course at one time. Horses have chewed up the tail a little. With a little trail maintance it could be a fun course again. The course starts a litte rough but the back side is fun. Hope to see more riders back out there

Customer Service

I like to start on the service road at the lower base of the rodeo parking lot. Stay on the road and it will take you to the beging of the trail( about 3/4 of a mile) Trail ends in sand wash near the start of the road Tail has a few splits, stay to the base side of the mountain. The coure is two trails but stay to left (base of the mtn) and ride it counter clockwise

Similar Products Used: Other trails near by are the FINS and the trial behind PIR race track. these two are much more difficult than the oringal Estrella coures
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Esteban   Weekend Warrior [Feb 11, 2007]

Let's say you hate yourself. Let's also say that you need a little more hate. This trail is your baby. On the other hand, if you like riding a few miles up hill in 3 inches of loose sand and navigating through washes where Satan himself has sharpened the rocks and, after 7 miles of effort, you like a trail that ends with an uphill climb that might get you into the upper troposphere, this ones for you. Oh, I forgot the senseless cutbacks (as if they needed a few more miles to make it interesting) and an endless supply of horse nuggets. Luckily, you won't have to smell the horses since your closer to PIR than most of the fans who go to NASCAR. The guy that designed this trail had giblets for brains. Don't waste your time.

Customer Service

I've done the Junior Loop and the Long Loop. The Technical Loop didn't seem worth the effort. I've done this trail twice (a year apart) and it only gets worse with time.

Similar Products Used: It's an angry mountain. Fill your driveway with nails and broken glass and imitate Pete Rose. At least your tires won't suffer.
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atilla   Cross Country Rider [May 03, 2004]

It's been a few years since I've ridden in the Estrellas. The new race loops didn't impress me, so I decided to check out the old race area and see how the years have treated it. Not well, as it turns out. The original loop is covered in a layer of fine dirt that drags on your tires and turns former E-ticket downhills into a kiddie ride. Other areas are covered in fist-sized hunk of loose rock. The new Pederson Trail is the most poorly planned and miserably executed I've ever seen in Arizona. Planting trail markers along a wash does not a trail make. Plunging a trail straight into a wash is not also wise for building a sustainable trail. It seems the park staff are doing everything possible to keep bicyclists out and horses in.

Customer Service

My recommended route for Estrella is to immediately turn around, head back out the exit and drive over to South Mountain.

Similar Products Used: South Mounain McDowell Mountain Park Phoenix Mountain Preserve
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Derek   [Nov 17, 1999]

At first there is a nice up hill that will get your lungs open and legs flowing. Then after that the trail is fast and open single track

Customer Service

Start at the rodeo arena. Then take the dirt road until the trail turns into single track and then just follow all the way around and youll end up were you started

Similar Products Used: Trail 100
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jeff rogers   [Mar 12, 2000]

a good trail for those in the west valley- more difficult, fun, and longer than the white tanks, and not as rocky as trail 100. after a mile or so, there is a rocky uphill that will get you properly warmed up, then a good section of ups and downs to lead you to eagles nest, a short but fairly difficult climb that will give you a pretty good idea of what your cardio limits are. in all, a pretty fun ride, when the horses and rain havent torn it up too much.

Customer Service

from the horse corral, its the only way in

Similar Products Used: pemberton- 15 miles of fun
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