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Hedgehog Trail - San Tan MRP, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix SE
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Distance One Way 0.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,788 feet
Elevation Gain 126 feet
Accumulated Gain 127 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.37
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Inaugural Calculation on Button Tap!
11  2018-12-08
San Tan Trail - San Tan MRP
7  2017-06-25
Malpais Trail - San Tan MRP
6  2016-12-26
San Tan Trail - San Tan MRP
5  2016-02-27
Dynamite Goldmine SanTan Loop
3  2015-04-28
San Tan Mountain Inner Loop
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Feb, Dec, Nov, Mar
Sun  6:15am - 6:23pm
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Observe the marvelous array of hedgehog cacti scattered along the trail as you take in beautiful views of the mountains. The Hedgehog Trail connects to the San Tan Trail at two different points.

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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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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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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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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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