Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Rainbow Valley Day Hike
when Trip Report : February 9, 2013
  Trip Report : January 12, 2008
  Trip Report : January 19, 2003
  Trip Report : April 8, 2000
where Estrella Mountain Regional Park
the hike     Hike over the Rainbow (Valley, that is) on this scenic loop in the northern reaches of the wild and spectacular Sierra Estrella! We’ll start on the Rainbow Valley Trail, swing by the Rock Knob, and return on the Toothaker Trail through the beautiful desolation of the Sierra Estrella foothills.
    The hike is on trail, but there are steep ups and downs over rocky terrain; prickly trailside vegetation, no water or shade.
    This hike is described in Footloose from Phoenix, by Ted Tenny, pages 39-45.
distance 6 miles
EC +-600' elevation change
time 4-5 hours
elevations 1017' (arroyo) to 1352' (pass near hill 1684)
starting at
Rodeo Arena 33° 22.229' N,  112° 22.351' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Rainbow Valley Trail, Toothaker Trail
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost $6 for parking at Estrella Mountain Regional Park. When car-pooling, pay your share the cost of gas. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Avondale
meet 8:00 AM in west Phoenix on the west side of the Fry’s Mercado parking lot at the northeast corner of 43rd. Ave. and McDowell, just north of I-10, exit 140.
drive     Go west on I-10 to the Estrella Parkway, exit 126. Take the Estrella Parkway exit, turn left, go south across the river to Vineyard Ave. Turn left and go east on Vineyard Ave. to the Estrella Mountain Regional Park entrance on the south side (see map).
    Go in the main entrance to the park and pay your $6 entrance fee. Then follow the signs east and south to the Rodeo Arena. Park on the west side.

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