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The Estrellas Race Loops offer classic AZ desert singletrack nestled up in the mountains within earshot of the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). The competitive track includes the Long Loop, the Technical Loop and the Junior Loop.
Don’t let the double track at the start keep you away from the trail. The backside of the Estrallas is where the singletrack flows like cactus spines in your tire. Taking the Long Loop, you’ve just got to be in shape to get there. My favorite thing about this trail (outside the awesome twisty singletrack on the backside) is how far out the trail winds. It feels like I’m the only person within a hundred miles .
During the racing season the Estrellas see quite a bit of action, but outside the race crowds, I’ve never seen many riders out on the trail. The only thing that keeps me from riding this trail more often (and maybe everyone else too) is the 5 dollar drive-in fee. I gladly pay it, but only twice a year or so. With so much free riding out there it’s hard to shell out the cash when South Mountain has more for less. But still the Estrellas are perfect if you want to get away and not see a soul.
Competitive Track Map: Maricopa Parks & Recreation (PDF 500k)
Estrella Mountain Regional Park: Maricopa County Parks Biking Page