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Moonlight Trail - San Tan MRP, AZ

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Distance One Way 1.27 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,679 feet
Elevation Gain 132 feet
Accumulated Gain 132 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.71
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5  2019-05-20
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6  2016-12-26
San Tan Trail - San Tan MRP
6  2016-01-24
SanTan Moon Star Malpais Loop
3  2015-04-28
San Tan Mountain Inner Loop
10  2012-07-14
San Tan Trail - San Tan MRP
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Sun  6:15am - 6:22pm
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Allow your senses to be tickled with the beauty of the surrounding landscape and potential for viewing wildflowers. The Moonlight Trail begins at the San Tan Trailhead near the Visitor Center and guides you along the base of a mountain located in the central valley of the park and connects to the San Tan Trail at the west end.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Moonlight Trail - San Tan MRP
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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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Had time for a morning hike so kept it real close to reduce the drive time and allow more time outside. Actually saw more hikers and runners than bikers which was a pleasant surprise. With this hike I believe we have traveled all the trails in the park with the exception of .2 miles on the San Tan trail between the Hedgehog and Malpais Trails, which was an oversight on my part.
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SanTan Moon Star Malpais Loop
I've never hiked in the park before and opted for the Rock Peak TH to avoid any crowds on this perfect day. Success! 3 cars! :y:

The Rock Peak and Malpais trails seem to be afterthoughts and generally follow sandy washes that are not pleasant. The other trails are the exact opposite. Perfect for trail running, mountain biking, or putting! I think they rake them daily!

Tons of saguaro down here and great views all around. Malpais is a scenic trail. This park would be 10x better if they built some trails that ascend some of the peaks. As it is they seem to try to avoid elevation gain whenever possible.

For some reason I put effort into getting back to watch some sportsing thing on TV. Reconsidering that decision now. ](*,)

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Map Drive

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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