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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
Backpack No
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Author bigdad
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Trips 5 map ( 27 miles )
Age 50 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:14am - 6:25pm
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San-Tan RP's newest trail
by bigdad

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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Most recent of 14 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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Took the clockwise route from Goldmine trail-head. Tested my new backpack and carried along my tent just for the weight... boy, do I need to keep working on the elevation gains with the pack. Hiking with a small day pack versus a full-frame backpack and tent was a huge difference. I had a stop a few times sucking air like a vacuum cleaner.
Wildflowers were fewer than a few weeks ago. The sun hid behind the clouds making the weather very pleasant. Hiked this one with Amy again.
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Out for a mid-morning hike with Amy. Counter-clockwise loop starting around 10:30 a.m. Parking lot at Goldmine trail-head was quite full for a weekday and we passed lots of hikers and mountain bikers including a group of ~25 hikers going the other direction. Wildflowers along the Dynamite Trail are starting to bloom, mainly on the northern-exposed hills which stay cooler than the southern exposed hills. I saw Brittlebush, Mexican Gold Poppies, and some isolated purples and oranges. The majority of the Brittlebush are still holding back and I expect them to begin blooming over the next month. Encountered a couple of hikers who almost took a wrong turn at the San Tan-Dynamite intersection who, had they not asked, would have an extra 10+ mile hike to get back to their car.
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Early morning hike around Goldmine mountain. Started at 6 am with flashlight in hand and took the counter-clockwise route. Followed Dynamite Trail first, then connected to Goldmine via a short portion of the San Tan Trail. Passed two or three mountain bikers on the Dynamite portion and three small groups coming up over Goldmine Mountain as I made my way up and over. This is quickly becoming my go-to hike when I need a couple-hour hike and need to stay close to home (I live five miles away from the park) .

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 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
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