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Goldmine Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (12)

If you desire adventure, then you'll love the Goldmine Trail as it takes you to the highest point at the park.


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2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Point to Point

2,123' 647 m

High

1,580' 482 m

Low

435' 133 m

Up

543' 166 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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

Description

If you desire adventure, then you'll love the Goldmine Trail as it takes you to the highest point on any trail in the park at roughly 2,300 feet in elevation. The trail begins at the San Tan Trailhead near the visitor center and ends at the Goldmine Trailhead located near Skyline Drive on the north side of the park. Hiking this way is the easy way; starting at the north end will test you as you climb the 2,300 feet in the first mile. Either way you take this route, expect steep terrain, especially just after the high point when the trail begins to dip towards its terminus.

Enjoy a nice workout with breathtaking views from Goldmine Mountain. Don’t forget to visit the graves of two miners, Mansel Carter and Marion Kennedy, buried near the Goldmine Trailhead as you learn about their unique way of life.

Flora & Fauna

Vegetation ranges from creosote flats to dense saguaro forests. Reptiles, birds, mammals, and arthropods all call this area home as well.

Contacts

Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

Shared By:

Omar Delgado

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Carter Gravesite sign.
Nov 29, 2016 near Queen C…, AZ
Goldmine Trailhead sign
Nov 29, 2016 near Queen C…, AZ
Just outside the main parking area at San Tan Trailhead looking west.
Mar 25, 2019 near Queen C…, AZ
Sunrise from Goldmine Mountain.
Dec 1, 2016 near Queen C…, AZ

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Feb 18, 2021
Emily Peterson
1h 45m
Nov 3, 2019
Blake Krongaard
2.5mi — 11h 00m
Oct 29, 2019
Jim v
Loop hike - Head N on Gold Mine 1.3 miles, left on San Tan for a mile to Moonlight - 1.3 mi to complete the loop. Beautiful at sunset in mid-Oct. — 1h 30m
Oct 11, 2019
Aaron Norwood
Mar 15, 2019
Inessa Martin
Mar 4, 2019
Geoffrey Mobisson
Jan 29, 2019
Caroline Synowiec
Jan 19, 2019
Tracey Ziniel