San Tan Regional Park - Goldmine Trailhead Loop

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Goldmine trail - San Tan Regional park
Goldmine trail - San Tan Regional park

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located near Queen Creek, AZ.

From the Phoenix area, take US-60 East to the Higley Road Exit. Go South on Higley Road, which eventually turns into the Hunt Highway going East. Take the Hunt Highway, turning right onto signed Wagon Wheel Road. Take this road South 1.1 miles to the trailhead and parking area. This is a fee area and it is $6 to park (self service as of November 2015).
city
queen creek
state
az
Region
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

Distance
4.70 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
4.7 miles total for the loop hike
Time
1.30 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us 1 hr and 30 minutes to complete the loop hike.
Elevation Change
700 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 700ft total elevation change
Hike Trail Type
Loop

Season

Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December
Worst Season
  • July
  • August
Date Hike completed
November 26, 2015

Solitudue

Solitude
Medium
Solitude Details
Average. Expect to meet 10-20 other hikers.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Moderate
difficulty detail
The loop hike described is a moderate difficulty hike.

Permits

Be Aware of
small fee to enter the park ($6 as of Dec 2015). You may also have to share parts of this trail with mountain bikers.

Loop hike on the Goldmine Trail in the San Tan Regional park in Arizona.

The San Tan Regional Park has several hiking trailhead access points. The Northern Goldmine Trailhead is the starting point for a fun loop hike with some interesting scenery. Parking here is self serve and is $6 per car (as of November 2015).

From the trailhead, take the Goldmine Trail South. The trail is a bit rocky, but easy to follow. After 0.2 miles, stay left at the trail junction (JCT_1L on the map). Now keep your eyes open to the right to see the black fencing protecting the graves of two folks. This is a nice little detour. Continue on the rocky Goldmine Trail up to the saddle, about 700 ft of climbing. At the saddle, there is also a little spur trail here to the top of a nearby peak, which is also worth the detour for the views. Continue walking until you've hiked 1.5 miles from the trailhead start. Turn right here (JCT_2R on the map) onto the signed San Tan Trail. This section of the trail flattens out for a while. It's a short 0.4 miles along this trail until you turn right again (JCT_3R on the map) onto the signed Dynamite trail. This is a more quiet section of trail and it is easy to forget that there's a huge metropolis to the North. Continue along this trail section, enjoying the scenery of the sonoran desert for 2.6 miles where you return to the start.

Link to San Tan Regional Park website: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/

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