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San Tan Mountains Loop

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 4.3 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a great hike in the lower Sonoran Desert; the sunrise is magical from the halfway point.


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4.7

Miles

7.5

KM

Loop

2,143' 653 m

High

1,576' 480 m

Low

739' 225 m

Up

738' 225 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open year round, 6 am-8 pm Sunday through Thursday and 6 am-10 pm Friday through Saturday.

Overview

Starting from the Goldmine Trailhead, you're going to quickly face a steep climb and the first chance to see the sunrise at Goldmine Mountain Peak. At about 1.5 miles, you come across San Tan Trail which you'll take in a western direction for about 1/2 mile before making a right onto Dynamite Trail. This will loop back in 2.5 miles to the Goldmine Trail and continue back to the starting point.

Need to Know

Entry fees are required for park usage per park rules. Please use the self-pay station if the visitor center is closed. San Tan Mountain Regional Park also has a visitor center located at 6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85242. Call (480) 655-5554 for more information.

Description

The park ranges in elevation from about 1,400 feet to over 2,500 feet. Goldmine Mountain is located in the northern area, with a spectacular San Tan Mountain escarpment in the southern portion of the park. The vegetation varies from creosote flats to dense saguaro forests, and hikers may spot various types of wildlife including reptiles, birds, mammals, and arthropods.

Enjoy a thrilling journey as you explore the Goldmine Mountain range, known for its mining history. The trail connects to the Goldmine Trail near the Goldmine Trailhead and winds you along the mountain side to the San Tan Trail near the central part of the park. The Goldmine Trail will take you to the highest point on any trail in the park at roughly 2,300 feet in elevation. From here you'll have breathtaking views of the area, that are even more memorable if you happen to be here for sunrise.

Flora & Fauna

Cactus, snake, flowers, birds.

History & Background

San Tan Mountain Regional Park was established in 1986, through an agreement with the BLM and an intergovernmental agreement between Maricopa and Pinal County.

Contacts

Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

Shared By:

Omar Delgado

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A pretty break in a winter storm, looking directly west of the trail towards San Tan Mountain. This wash is about 0.5 miles from the south end of the Dynamite Trail.
Feb 23, 2019 near Queen C…, AZ
Looking North, at 1750 ft. About a mile from the North trailhead (Dynamite/Goldmine intersection).  Views are great the whole trail.
Feb 8, 2019 near Queen C…, AZ
The mountain gets really pretty after a few days of rain.  Some Rye, Flowers, Cacti and Phoenix in the distance.
Feb 8, 2019 near Queen C…, AZ
Sunrise view.
Nov 29, 2016 near Queen C…, AZ
Make the run up before the sun's up.
Mar 25, 2019 near Queen C…, AZ
Lower section of Dynamite Trail.
Nov 29, 2016 near Queen C…, AZ

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Apr 14, 2019
forthmind endname
Wild flowers were in bloom, the Goldmine Trail to Goldmine Peak was very rocky and uneven. Needed to take quite a few breaks due to the intense grade.
Mar 24, 2019
Payton May Lmt
I went backwards, Dynamite around to Goldmine. Was definitely a steep climb to the peak. Beautiful views. Moderate trail. My toddlers loved Dynamite. — 1h 30m
Nov 24, 2018
Tony F
4.6mi
Jul 29, 2018
Martin Cantu
Apr 20, 2018
Gary Hornstien
Mar 8, 2018
Bryan Speelman
Nov 24, 2017
Aaron Johnson
4.6mi — 1h 56m
Oct 28, 2017
Rachelle F