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Dynamite Trail - San Tan MRP, AZ

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Distance One Way 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,581 feet
Elevation Gain 285 feet
Accumulated Gain 408 feet
Avg Time One Way 1-1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.76
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San Tan Mountain Regional Park
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Trips 5 map ( 27 miles )
Age 54 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:54am - 6:24pm
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San-Tan RP's newest trail
by bigdad

  Likely In-Season!
Dynamite Trail via Goldmine

This trail starts at the northernmost park entrance off of Wagon Wheel Rd. You start off on a relatively flat portion of the Goldmine trail. Shortly you will see the new sign pointing off to the right for Dynamite Trail. This trail winds it way through the Goldmine Mountains and provides a far more gentle slope to enter the rest of the park as compared to the Goldmine Trail.

Just after the start of the trail, you can head up the first mountain to a newly erected Arizona state flag. The trail ends in 2.4 miles. At this point, take a left onto the San Tan Trail to rejoin the Goldmine Trail. Take a left onto the Goldmine Trail to ascend and descend the only difficult part of this hike. Fortunately, the park has re-graded. In my estimation, this has removed some of the peak difficulties, but they have distributed a lot of loose hard-scrabble over long stretches of the trail. Thus, while the peak difficulty is decreased, the average difficulty has gone up. When you come down the backside of the mountain, it is still steep, but far more easy to navigate than previously. The trails are well-signed so this should present no difficulties. If the steepness of the Goldmine Trail is a concern, you can turn this into an out-and-back.

Warning: The park still labels the Goldmine portion of the trail over the mountain as difficult. As I mentioned, it is better than it used to be, but can still present issues to the inexperienced hiker.

Water Sources: There are no water stops on this hike, but water can be found at the ranger station.

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2012-02-26 bigdad
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 Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - 2021 [ fees ]

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

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

2021 [ hours ] - varies by park & season

Paved - Car Okay

To San Tan Park (Multiple) Trailhead

Phillips Trailhead (Main): From the Phoenix area go east on highway 60 (Superstition Freeway) through Mesa and past the new 202 overpass to Ellsworth. Go south on Ellsworth about 12 miles to Hunt Highway (Ellsworth basically ends at Hunt Highway). Turn left (east) on Hunt highway and go to Thompson Road (clearly marked) and turn south. Go to Phillips road and turn west (right) to the park entrance. From Hunt Highway signs clearly mark the way to San Tan mountain Regional Park.

Skyline / 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.

Rock Peak Wash Trailhead: 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. Continue south about as the road becomes Brenner Pass Rd to the trailhead.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) [ 43.5mi - 1hr to Phillips ] [ 39.6mi - 52mins to Skyline ] [ 46.4m 1hr 6m to RPW ]
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 83.6mi - 1hr 58m to Phillips
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 187mi - 3h 13m to Phillips
page created by bigdad on Feb 26 2012 4:19 pm

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