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Estrella race loops

Average Rating:    (3.88 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Two loops; long (8 or so mls.) and tech. (about 4 mls.). Tight twisty single track, some nasty washes, one long loose and sandy climb and a quick fire Rd. climb followed w/a fun DH. With out a doupt the most tech. demanding race place in AZ.(I did say race coarse)
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Latitude
33.36809765245371
Longitude
-112.32147216796875
Trail Directions
I-10 to 115 ave. south. (signage for P.I.R.) At the end if the Phx. Int. Raceway parking lot take a left.(signage for the trail) This dirt Rd. raps around and ends in a dirt lot. Trail starts up hill to the south.
Trail Length
guessing 12
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Phoenix
   


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Review Date
June 30, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: hoverboy26 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I was out there this morning at 6 am, and temps were in the low 80's. I warmed up with a 8 mile ride to the park, then I ran the expert loop, and 8 miles back home. The expert loop was in great shape, with a lot of difficult up & down, rocky & tricky trails. The accent is challenging but fun, and the last mile or so is some fast downhill stuff. Watch out for the Cholla cactus and the Catclaw trees. I recommend this trail for you technical riding junkies. If you want a really good ride, do the long loop, and then do the expert loop afterwards. Great workout. I saw 2 rattlesnakes, and a Gila monster, so be aware of the dangers out there. I was there at 6 am, and temps were in the low 80's.

Recommended Route:
I recommend the long loop, followed by the expert loop for a great workout. If you are in time crunch, run the expert trail. I am an average rider, and the expert loop took me 40 minutes, and the long loop takes me about 55 minutes. I like to stop and critter watch, though.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Estrella Mountain Park, South Mountain National trail, White Tank Mountain Park.



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Review Date
May 14, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BS from Tucson ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I happened to be spending a night up in Avondale due to an event at the raceway I was participating in. So in order to offset my heavy burning of fossil fuels at the raceway I decided to bring the single speed and hit this trail up since it's so close. First mistake I made was riding after 9am on a 100* day. Therefore I only rode the Long Loop as the pummeling sun was taking it's tole on me, so I can't speak for the Technical Loop section which sounds quite challenging.

The first third or so of the trail really had me bummed out. Based on the other reviews I was expecting a lot more rocks and technicality in the trail, but I was soon proved wrong. Turns out the whole first half of this trail is a looooooong uphill that keeps getting steeper and more rocky the farther you go. Then once you reach about half way you get a nice steep, switchbacked climb up over the saddle to the other side of the mountain.

After you go over the saddle it's mostly downhill through a rocky wash/canyon that has quite a few slightly tech bits in it, but they're all rideable once the right line is found. This part can be really fun. Then just as you think you're about to take a nice easy stroll back to the parking lot all of a sudden the trail turns back and climbs up some double track through another saddle back to the original side of the mountain. After this climb it really is all downhill, down some fast double track to the parking area.

In general, I would say if you're relatively fit and moderately skilled you can ride this whole loop easy. It's not any more or less rocky/technical than other riding in the PHX or Tucson area. There is a lot of double track with a line rode into it which can make it a little too easy at times. I think once you've ridden it a few times and get to know all the lines you could really haul through this thing. I'd recommend it if you live nearby or get burnt out by your normal ride in the PHX area, but if you're in from out of town there's more interesting stuff to ride in the South Mountain or McDowell areas.

Recommended Route:
Officially you're only supposed to go one way - clockwise, which is clearly marked

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Mountain, McDowell Mountain Park



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Review Date
March 26, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jared ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have only done the long loop. The previous reviews are very accurate. For some reason I wasn't looking forward to this trail, but it has been one of my favorite places so far. The best part is the halfway point; you make a pretty challenging climb then the fun begins. You are twisting back and forth through washes and the descents are technical and tight. You can pick your way down the rocks finding a line, or if you have the bike and the courage you can just fly. Last part of track is fast and twisty with a long climb up a double track. I'm an intermediate rider and I got a lot of practice with this one. Got some good practice railing through the turns and picking good lines. Can't wait to go back; next time i'm going to work on carrying more speed down the technical stuff and getting up the climbs.

Recommended Route:
Only 2 ways!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
FINS



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Review Date
February 6, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: 06whitetaco ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I ride this trail once or twice a week. There are two loops, the tech loop which is about 4.5 miles and the long loop which is about 9.5 miles. Tech loop takes about 35 minutes to complete riding at a fairly fast pace without stoping. Both the tech loop and long loop start out with a fairly easy climb. The two trails seperate about a mile into the ride. The tech loop takes you through a series of small washes then a small climb at the mid way point. This is a nice area to take a break. After the climb the desent begins, but be careful it is full of rocks/ boulders which keep your speed down. There are a couple more wash crossings and one more climb, but then you get to the fastest section of the ride with about 1 mile left. You can see the parking lot and the race way from here. Unless there is an up coming race or event I very rarely see any cars in the parking lot.
As stated earlier the long loop starts out the same as the tech loop. Hang a left about 1 mile into the trail for the long loop (make sure not to get it confused with the junior loop). This trail takes about one hour moving at a fast pace with out any stops. After you branch off from the tech loop You go through two washes. The first is pretty small, but the second has a rock garden on the bottom of it. When you emerge from the second wash, you begin a long extended climb crossing another wash or two riding through sand and a rock garden. You end up with a fairly steep climb to test your endurqnce at the half way point. This is a good place to take a break. As you start the desent be carefull as this is the most technical part of the trail. You will go through a series of washes and eventually hook back up with the tech loop. This loop is a litte misleading, it is still fairly technical, but not as much as the tech loop.

Recommended Route:
Long loop if you have the time, endurance and like a sustainded climb with some technical elements in your ride. Tech loop if you are short on time and really want to test your technical skills.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White Tanks
FINS
South Mountain



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Review Date
November 17, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: xrated ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just finished the Technical section of Estrella. I consider myself to be in marginal shape, marginally skilled, riding a marginal bike. I've ridden the "Technical" section of the McDowells without any problems and I can ride the technical section of the Whitetanks all day long. I met my match with this track.

First off, Its a slow, very loose track. Loose sand, loose gravel, loose rocks, and loose boulders. In addition, there seems to be a cholla cactus strategically placed at every corner. Take a turn wide, you're chowing cholla, take a turn tight, your gonna feel the pain. Riding too fast and end up off the trail....ouch! The first half or so of the trail has you zig zagging through a dry wash. You then start a pretty shallow climb. Once at the top, you think that maybe the fun is about to begin. A series of downhill drops are in your future. Unfortunately, the track is also very loose on this section. Not proud to say, but I ended up walking my bike down at least half of the drops. There are some parts where you would be able to establish a good pace but it is very rockie. Towards the end of the tech loop, you pick up the last portion of the long loop. In past years, this was the section to look forward too. The trail was in good shape and was very fast. Now its just like the rest of the tech section. Loose and quite a bit slower than it used to be. Not sure how the long loop compares this year, but if its in the same shape as the tech loop, its gonna be a challenging ride for only those in the best of shape.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White Tanks
South Mountain



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