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San Tan Loop, AZ
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San Tan Loop, AZ 
San Tan Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2021
adilling
Hiking7.63 Miles 609 AEG
Hiking7.63 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   2.53 mph
609 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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With all the closures, I opted to do a loop out at San Tan MRP. My idea was to hit the San Tan Trail and Loop it around clockwise with the Gold Mine Trail.

I was going to just bring my phone, but at the last minute, I grabbed my old Nikon and my longer lens, "just in case" I saw some critters. Birds, snakes, perhaps?

I arrived at 5am and started off. The horizon to the east look completely clouded over. About .6 miles down, I started noticing some nice colors coming from the sunrise. So, I abandoned my hike, temporarily, and went off trail looking for some photo opportunities. And, Mother Nature did not disappoint. A very nice sunrise.

Once the color show ended, I went back to the hike. Lots of mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers out today. Not that many on the south side of the loop, but the closer I got to the main section, it became one after another. The heat was coming and I wanted to finish up around 8am, and I think a bunch of other folks had the same idea.

This park is what it is. I prefer the southern section, but the Gold Mine Trail going up when you start from the north is a nice little section. Otherwise, it's flat and mostly not as scenic as other areas. But, It is very popular with the bikers and runners, that is for sure.

I have done every trail in this park more than a couple times. I guess beggars cannot be choosers, with all the closures from fires this year. And, to be fair, I really enjoyed the hike this morning. Even with all the traffic, it certainly met my needs to get in some exercise.

So, a nice sunrise, a visit to my favorite crested saguaro, some good exercise and fresh air, a Saturday morning well spent.
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