Goodyear, AZ

Estrella Mountain Regional Park

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Gain/Loss in ft


Ft/mile gain


Highest Elev.






Time Limit

31 hours



Furthest Aid

7.9 miles

Summary: The Coldwater Rumble is the fifth race in the Aravaipa Running – Desert Runner Trail Series, and features 6 races going on at the same time, from 4 miles to 100 miles. Taking place in the Estrella Mountain Regional Park, the race course features a wide variety of typical desert trail running surfaces including crushed granite single track, rocks, boulders, sandy washes, old jeep roads, and dry wash beds. Be prepared for a wide variety of conditions from very well defined trails, to more remote and sandy. See Course Photos for more details. The 52k course is a loop course, where the first loop is a 20 mile loop run clockwise, then runners go counter-clockwise on their next loop, which is a 12 mile loop within the original 20 mile loop.

Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • Aid stations are Cupless
  • The park charges a $6 park entry fee per vehicle.
  • Because there are multiple races going on at the same time, know what color of sign to follow for your given race distance at trail turns and junctions
  • Be sure to check out the course photos – as the course is far from smooth, non-technical terrain, and includes loose rocks and deep sand
  • While it’s not a lot of elevation gain, the course is constantly going up and down
  • A very sandy section around miles 9-11.5
  • Nice descent heading into mile 20, the start/finish, but that means you have to go back up to start the 12 mile loop
  • Because the course if fully exposed, it gets hot during the day, even though it’s January. Being Arizona, it’s still dry and hot
  • Be aware of sunset and if you need to have a headlamp in a drop bag along the way, or at mile 20 where crew and the start/finish is
  • Final miles feel like they go on forever, especially because it’s such rolling terrain


Total gain/loss: 2067/2067

Total climbs: 5 climbs of 200-400 ft each, countless 50-100 feet gains during more major climbs and interspersed throughout.

Longest climb: ~400 feet from miles 2.5-9, with some rollers in between

Steepest climb: Several 150-200 feet climbs within ~.5 miles throughout

Elevation profile

Course Map

Aid stations

Total aid stations: 6 + Start/Finish

Furthest distance apart: 7.9 miles

Locations: Miles 0, 3.4, 11.3, 15.5, 20, 24.5, 29.1, 32.5 (Finish)

What’s available: Typical aid station fare, including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit.

Crew access

Access Locations: Miles 0, 20, 32.5

Crew instructions/directions: At Start/Finish, aka “Rumble Headquarters”



Race qualifiers

2 UTMB Points

Race reports

Stacey N’s 2018 race report

Strava activities and GPX files


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