Quartz Peak Trail
Quartz Peak Trail is located in the Sierra Estrella Wilderness and will take you from the floor of Rainbow Valley to the summit ridge of the Sierra Estrella at Quartz Peak (elevation 4,052 feet) in just 3 miles. Hikers are treated to a variety of Sonoran Desert plants and wildlife, scenic vistas, volcanic history along with an outcrop of white quartz at the summit. The views are incredible! Mountain ranges and desert plains to the west and the greater Metro-Phoenix area to the east. There’s also a lot of history/legends out on the west side of the Sierra Estrellas with Don Joaquin’s Lost Spanish Mine. Just be careful, plan ahead and take a 4×4 vehicle when traveling out that way.