Estrella Loop

Goodyear, Arizona 85395

Estrella Loop

Estrella Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The West Valley is a mystery to many mountain bikers. The excellent riding in the East Valley, and the critical mass of riders at Arizona State University and Tempe in general, keep many riders from venturing much further west than Central Avenue. Yet cyclists fight for parking spaces every weekend at South Mountain Park, wait in line at the Cactus Cup race loops, or vie with crowds of equestrians and hikers at North Mountain. Look west from any part of the Valley, and, smog levels permitting, you’ll notice several massive mountain ranges out there.

One of these ranges, to the southwest of South Mountain, hides some of the most excellent, and overlooked riding in town. The Sierra Estrellas are dark, jagged, angry-looking mountains, all granite and dotted with dense Sonoran plant life. The softer, older mountains elsewhere in the Valley, especially South Mountain and the Hawes Pass area, are more inviting than the Estrellas. And at first glance, the Estrella’s schist and dark granite appear unmanageably rugged for bikes. Keep looking. The Estrella Loop trail is ideal singletrack for mountain biking, albeit a bit short. Trail Surface: Singletrack."

Estrella Loop Reviews

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I rode the cold water trail and the Rainbow Trail. I started from the Rodeo Arena and journied to the end of Coldwater. The maintience crew has placed cinder (gravel) on the majority of the trail from the rodeo arena to about half way up the trail. Very difficult peddling in cinders. After the Coldwater trail I headed for the Rainbow trail. The majority of this trail was walked. Very difficult riding for this beginner. I had to push my bike up many of the trails to reach the peaks. The ride down was not much of a ride. Very much a controled crash. I would not recommend this ride for the weak at heart. I did crash a couple of times, however no damage to the bike or rider. Take lots of water, extra batteries for the GPS and MP3 player. And one last thing, I will wear a helmet next time, the surface is unpredictable with all the loose rocks and long drops (50' plus). Helmet could be the difference is a stay at Barrows Neurological Center. Happy Trails, Thom the NKDSRFR

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Trail Information

Nearby City
604 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
45 minutes to 1 hour
1,325 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,550 feet
Top Elevation
Estrella Mountain Regional Park
Local Contacts
USGS Avondale SW, Avondale SE
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018