San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Trail, Queen Creek, Arizona

San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Trail, Queen Creek, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

This park is still relatively "primitive" There are currently 3 trails which can make up a 6 mile loop of jeep roads and newly constructed double track(San Tan Trail). Once the new trails are broken in, this will be a fun ride.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 14, 2013]
Brian
Cross Country Rider

When it comes to XC riding this trail system can't be beat. I grew up riding south mt and will ride the haws trail section and with the exception of DC at south mt I can't think of a better stretch of fast endurance trail riding. The all mountain, free ride and down hill guys won't care much for this trail system even with the gold mine down hill it's not a great park for that riding type. If your a Xc racer or someone that's not use to riding any technical trails this is a great place to get started in the sport.

Customer Service

Well the whole San tan trail is rideable now. Just avoid malpias all other trails have little sand and are very enjoyable. If anyone has strava look up segments that have a lot of riders those are alway the best routs to take. (Look me up if you want to see what I ride Brian Taylor )

Similar Products Used:

Haws and st mt trails

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 31, 2012]
UPHILLSMOKE
Cross Country Rider

I love the trail system, especially since they have opened up the new Dynamite Trail in February of 2012. The park depending on your route can be very sandy but you can easily avoid the wash areas and still ride nearly 15 miles! I live only a couple miles from the park so I easily ride it 2 to 3 times a week minimum. Dynamite is probably one of the better downhill experiences in the Phoenix metro area but is a turn around trail and the uphill is a bit lengthy, but hey, I love uphills so I highly recommend this trail. A lot of cardio filled uphills but you are kindly rewarded with speedy downhills regardless of which route you take. Overall if you avoid the sand filled wash at the Southern tip of San Tan Trail the ride is smooth, awesome and clearly signed.

Customer Service

From trail head take Little Leaf trail North towards the mountain and it will merge into Goldmine trail, head to the right(North) and take that to the intersection of Goldmine and San Tan trails. Turn left(West) on San Tan trail and take that to the intersection of San Tan and Dynamite trails. Turn right(West) on Dynamite trail and follow that animal up to the top of the mountain range and all the way down to the North side of the mountain range to the intersection of Dynamite and Goldmine trails. Turn around and make your way back to the Dynamite and San Tan trail intersection. Turn right(South) on San Tan and take that to the intersection of San Tan and Hedgehog trails. Turn right(North) and take that trail to the intersection of Hedgehog and San Tan trail. Turn left(North) and take that trail back to your starting point. With this route you have avoided all of the sandy areas in the park but you have missed out on Moonlight and Stargazer trail which are FUN short up and downs you will have to try afterward if you aren't to tired! There is an awesome map at the parking lot and everything is clearly marked, ENJOY.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 15, 2010]
Strongbrown
Weekend Warrior

There are some rolling hills with 1 steep technical section up the Goldmine Trail. The uphill was tough with some loose gravel but downhill was a blast with a few spots which are intermediate+ difficulty.

Overall, it's a decent ride and a good workout- especially if you live close.

The price is now $2/bike or $6/vehicle. You can purchase an annual pass for $75 which is good for Usery Park in Mesa as well.

Customer Service

Grab a trail map from the entrance and have fun. If you save Goldmine for the end, you'll be warmed up and ready for the climb and the downhill.

Similar Products Used:

Hawes Loop, South Mountain, Papago Park, etc.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 15, 2010]
thebrow
Cross Country Rider

First ride of this trail yesterday evening. It was surprisingly fun. I expected it to be mostly double track trails with little to no technical portions. Much of the park is this way with double track uphill and downhill with nothing too exciting. The good part was that there are some good technical parts of some trails as well.

I scanned and put up the map from the park here along with some pics. Pics don't really show much in the way of trail difficulty but show scenes from close to the top of Gold Mine trail.

We entered the park @ the Phillips Rd. entrance. We parked there at the trailhead and grabbed a map for the pocket (one that I put up). We decided to head for the mountain and see if we could get any good climbs and downhills in for the evening. Our first trail was Littleleaf. LL is basic but has some fun drops and climbs to warm up with. From there we hit Goldmine. It starts going up the mountain at a leisurely pace until you hit steeper portions of the trail. GM is a loose trail in many places and traction can be hard to find at times. We probably walked half of this climb, if not more, once it got steeper. We stopped just shy of the top and snapped some of the pics I uploaded. Since we wanted to explore more of the park, we did not go over the top and down the other side. Instead we came back down the trail the way we came up. This was the only real technical portion of the ride save for a few short parts on other trails. It consisted of areas of rock with drops and loose rock/shale. Made for a quick descent but was a lot of fun as well.

From here we continued on the GM trail for a while to where we picked up the San Tan trail. The SA trail is double track and holds some small technical portions that are really fun. At least they were for me! I really enjoyed getting more speed and practicing clearing drops and obstacles.

SA quickly turns into double track easy riding. Was good just for the exercise but do not expect it to hold any challenging riding. We rode to Moonlight trail and took it over toward the parking lot. We took SA from the trailhead south past Hedgehog. Again, no challenges. Just a easy ride.

We had a good time exploring and will be back to do some more.

Park costs $6 per vehicle or if you ride in it will cost $2 per rider. If you have a park pass for the area it is free.

Similar Products Used:

Hawes Loop, South Mountain, and Papago Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 04, 2008]
Dave
Racer

The scenery is amazing, mostly singletrack trails with a lot of flow and except a couple of washes, it's ridable even for beginners. It's an awesome 20-30 min ride, depending on your speed and skill. It's the only trail combination at San Tan Mountain that avoids deep sand. All the other trails lead you through longer stretches of deep sand that are definitely no fun for mountainbikers.

Customer Service

Take San Tan trail south until you meet Moonlight Trail. Take Moonlight trail back to the start, then do it again!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 21, 2008]
smallbrian
Weekend Warrior

Rode this one today.... I parked on the side of the road on Phillips to avoid a $5 parking fee. $1 to ride. Overall a good ride, but there are some rough spots where the sand will eat up your energy. Nice ups for a good workout, rewarding downs to keep you going.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 13, 2008]
Lee Collins
Weekend Warrior

Overall Not So Bad (NSB). For us folks that live way out is SE Gilbert or further, it is nice to be able to jump on a trail in 10-15 minutes and get in a good weekend ride!

Customer Service

The guards have maps; there are some great trails now. They have done a good job cleaning up the sand, again overall NSB.

Similar Products Used:

Well... same area??? That is relative, if you are talking near San Tan, there is nothing. If you are talking within 20 miles I would so SoMo and .... Forgot the name, up at McDowell & Power that was a great ride.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 02, 2008]
Corbett
Racer

This trail is pretty fun. It's finally broken in and flows well. The Moonlight trail going down is a riot. I've seen 3 coyotes there and a young mountain lion there last night. There is a bunch of room for new trails there if we could organize a work crew.

Customer Service

Do the San Tan trail loop first, then go left at Jeep Roads instead of taking the Moonlight trail down. Loop all the way around the jeep trails and head back to Moonlight trail, then head up it and back down for your reward. The San Tan trail counterclockwise is fun too.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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