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Goldmine Trail - San Tan MRP, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,027 feet
Elevation Gain 564 feet
Accumulated Gain 564 feet
Avg Time One Way 1+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.38
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Dynamite Goldmine SanTan Loop
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Author ferazamboni
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Trips 41 map ( 212 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Boulder, CO
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Apr, May → 8 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:14am - 6:25pm
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by ferazamboni

The Goldmine Trail is one of the more popular trails in the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. This is likely due to the elevation gain and rewarding views.

There are two ways to access this hike, one of which is from the Goldmine Trailhead located at the intersection of Skyline and Wagon Wheel roads on the North end of the park boundary. The second access point is via the larger visitors center located on the East end of the park at the end of Phillips road. If you're just looking for a quick workout, the Goldmine Trailhead is your best bet. However if you plan on exploring other parts of the park, you might consider accessing it from the visitors center. This trail description will be based from the visitor's center.

To access the visitors center trailheads you need to either pay per vehicle, or you can opt to bike/walk in from outside the park entrance. Once inside the park, follow the signs to the trailheads.

The Goldmine Trail starts out heading East from the visitors center along a wide, flat, dirt trail which is well marked and easy to follow. It soon curves North East and continues flat for about .7 mile until its junction with the Little Leaf Trail. From the junction with the Little Leaf Trail it continues North with a moderate incline for another .4 mile until its junction with the San Tan Trail. The trail continues North East from this point for another .5 mile as it steadily climbs to a saddle between peaks in Goldmine Mountain.

At the saddle there are benches where you can rest and enjoy the view to the East. The trail continues along the ridge for another .25 mile to another resting point that presents views to the North and West. From here you can sigh at all the hustle and bustle going on in the Phoenix metro area, as you enjoy the peace and quite of the park.

From the second view point, the trail descends the North West side of the mountain for a .75 mile before reaching the other Goldmine Trailhead on the North park boundary. This section of the trail is quite rocky and one should take care especially when descending. Near the North Goldmine Trailhead there is an interesting grave site where some prospectors were buried.

The return route is the way you came unless you have a car shuttle at the opposite trailhead. The park visitors center has a nice memorial of the Arizona residents who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Most recent of 16 deeper Triplog Reviews
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Not the best trail for hiking when it’s this hot as very little shade. Started up goldmine trail from dynamite trail head as usual , an early start means hiking up the steep part with goldmine mountain blocking the sun. From the top good views of the Superstitions,air quality seemed worse at the end of the hike,Continuing on to the San tan trail near the headquarters and after that saw only one other hiker until near dynamite trail.Cut off a portion of the San tan by taking the hedgehog trail ,from the trail saddle good views of the San Tans ,can make out the Catalina’s in the haze. Lots of bees swarming around the blooming ironwoods but no problem for me,took a side trip and break to look around the prospect or mine area,not sure which it is as I did not go in, signs indicate the dig is closed. Always presumed it was the work of the “hermit miners” but not sure about that, should have visited their graves again which would have put me over 10 miles today.About 91 degrees at the finish, surprisingly 3 solo hikers just starting out at that time.
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Nice day to get out, opted for a hike that only needs a light pack , water and snacks,due to annoying back problem when wearing the the heavier pack for more than 5 miles. Except for the steep portion of the goldmine trail this route is well suited for bikers and runners. Started at the dynamite trailhead ,took goldmine trail for the initial warm up, then San tan trail past the San tan trail head and around to the dynamite trail to finish up with the gentle downhill it provides back to the parking lot Fairly busy for a weekday I suppose due to the great weather, half dozen bikes and 1 horse with rider,plus about a dozen hikers and runners encountered.
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Started a loop hike from Goldmine TH ,tried to beat the spring breakers and heat but still only a 0900 start. Lucky day ! Free parking at the trailhead as the container for the self pay envelopes was removed? Easy loop to keep a good pace, one rattlesnake off the San Tan trail, a few bikes, 1 horse and a number of hikers. Some lupine and poppies but not as plentiful as Usery Mountain Park.
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Dynamite Goldmine SanTan Loop
Things to do complicated my day. This was a suitable solution to put a few miles under my feet and test out my new AARPeepers. Gonna take some getting used to. Somebody is using the photoshop sharpen filter a little too much. :lol:

Surprisingly few flowers. The ocotillo are all leafed up and should be very nice in a few weeks when they bloom. Saw a nice dback that obviously hadn't had his coffee yet. Something about being awake in February I think. :doh:
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This was a great trip and worth the admission. They keep people really honest with their fees here!

The Goldmine trail started very difficult. It is steep at the beginning! There's an offshoot to get to a peak that I used. While it was level for a bit, it quickly dipped down over the East face. I mistakenly tried to run it and ended up rolling an ankle. Knowing I had 8 more miles I took it fairly easy from there.

The trail after descending was really nice but decidedly more crowded as it weaved to the alternate parking lot. After that, I started the San Tan trail and took it to Hedgehog. I couldn't stop thinking about Ron Jeremy because of the name of this trail, haha. I really liked this trail, easily my favorite of the day and it would be stellar on a bike.

Next was the San Tan trail again which I also liked, good curves and up/down to it. The trail was never very rocky. Finally came the Dynamite trail which gave very good views and which is where I saw the traffic picking up again. I really liked this set of trails for its variety!
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Morning hike with my brother and nephew.
My brother picked the route that we took clockwise starting up the Goldmine trail, then across the San Tan trail, and finishing the loop with the Dynamite trail.
Cool trails, nice views from the top and with many very friendly others sharing the park along the way.
I rarely get to hike with family so this one was a solid -
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Did the biggest loop the park offers:

San Tan south to Malpais near Rock Peak
Malpais loop back to San Tan
San Tan north to Dynamite
Dynamite north to Goldmine
Goldmine north to trailhead, then south to Littleleaf with a break at the graves
Littleleaf to the end

Malpais Hills looks like a cool ridgeline to explore
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Quick afternoon trip up and over Goldmine Mountain and back. Didn't hike the whole thing but started at Goldmine TH, went over the mountain and turned around to return. Probably ~4 miles round trip.

No off-leash dogs and no bags of dog poop by the trail today which is more than I can say most days on Goldmine :-( Don't mind off-leash in larger areas but not so much in busy county parks...
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San Tan RP Outside Loop
I was oncall this week so had to stay within cell coverage so this regional park loop was the choice. Not a bad little loop hike, typical for a regional park hike I would say. Here is my short description of each trail we hiked.

Goldmine Trail: The most elevation change of all the trails. Double track for the majority of the trail. Nice views.

San Tan Trail: This trail seems to get a lot of traffic. A combination of single and double track. Very well groomed. The southeast section of the trail was my favorite.

Malpasis Trail: If you want any amount of solitude your hike has to include this trail. Good condition but you can tell it gets the least amount of foot/wheel/hoof traffic. At least half of the trail is through washes so expect loose conditions. Views are limited since you are hiking mostly in a wash. My favorite in the park.

Dynamite Trail: Very nice trail and seems to get a lot of traffic. Some nice gradual elevation change which provided some nice views.

This park is close to the house so I will definitely be back to finish the couple cross trails.
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Took the kiddos up the Goldmine Trail in San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Had lunch at the top and descended onto the Dynamite Trail. We connected to the San Tan Trail and took the Moonlight Trail back to the Nature Center. Lovely day for a hike. The kids were pretty wiped out by the end, though :)

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

$7 per vehicle,$85 annual or trade your first born for the life pass

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
For visitor center: From central Phoenix, take I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit Ellsworth Road south to Hunt Highway. Travel east on Hunt Highway to Thompson Road south. Turn west on Phillips Road to the San Tan Mountain Regional Park entrance.

For Goldmine Trailhead: From central Phoenix, take I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit Ellsworth Road south to Empire Blvd. Travel west on Empire Blvd to Wagon Wheel Road. Take Wagon Wheel Road South to Skyline, and then west on Skyline to trailhead.
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