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Moonlight Trail - San Tan MRP - 4 members in 22 triplogs have rated this an average 2.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 13 2020
jochal
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36 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
San Tan Mountain Regional ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2020
jochal
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
1,050 ft AEG
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1st trip
Out on Goldmine, back on Dynamite and San Tan to Moonlight, then Stargazer.
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Oct 03 2020
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Dynamite Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking10.88 Miles 1,419 AEG
Hiking10.88 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   2.48 mph
1,419 ft AEG
 
Did a counter-clockwise loop starting from the Phillips Rd Trailhead. Started north on the Goldmine, over the saddle and back on the Dynamite and Santan Trails, then took the Hedgehog, Stargazer and Moonlight Trails back to the parking lot. at the saddle on the Goldmine Trail, I went to the top of the peak there, which I had never done before. The other side of the Goldmine is pretty steep and loose in spots. From the saddle it looked like they might be building a new trail that heads north from the Goldmine Trail and goes around the mountain. or maybe it was just an old mining road.

At the Goldmine TH, I walked all the way to the road because when I did the MT here last April, the lot was closed so my GPS tracks didn't overlap. The Dynamite Trail has the best views in this park, I think. and it's a much gentler grade as it climbs up and around the mountain.

Almost chilly early on, then started to feel a little hot by the time I finished. Also a lot of people early on, which cleared out quite a bit towards the end.
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Jun 11 2020
Daytripper
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69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
San Tan Mountain Regional ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2020
Daytripper
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.71 mph
1,050 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Just looking to get some exercise today had discovered the Goldmine Trailhead had reopened , online the hours indicated it opened at 0600, when I arrived the lot was pretty full and the sign there indicated it opened at 0500, wish I had known that ](*,) , FYI the porta potties are MIA. Started up Goldmine Trail which was shaded until just below the peak only about 6 others going up this side and about the same coming up the other side as I descended. Once at the multi trail junction near the park headquarters took the San Tan Trail to the Stargazer Trail then Moonlight and shortly before reacquiring the San Tan Trail this started to feel like a bad idea . Notice a quick onset of mild symptoms of heat exhaustion so stopped at a rare , maybe only, shady spot on the trail which happens to have a picnic table, besides 2 liters of water had also carried a couple of frozen water bottles and I poured what was melted so far on me and my hat. Continued to push on at a slower pace in the now completely deserted and very quiet trails, heck even the lizards know to stop scurrying about when it’s too hot. Finally felt better at least mentally on reaching the Dynamite Trail saddle knowing it was all down from there , repeated the melted cold water on me and the hat and a slight breeze was stirring. Passed a couple of bike riders on this stretch and arrived at the trailhead to find a fire/ EMT vehicle there, not sure why they were there and glad I didn’t need them. Took a couple of hours of hydration to feel “normal”. Looking back not sure why I decided to hike in a shadeless desert with 109° predicted high 🤪 I think the cooler temperature last weekend made me forget how quickly it can get hot on days like this , thought it be fine to finish by 1000, should have heeded the warning at the bottom of this page and planned to finish by 0800.
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May 18 2020
Daytripper
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69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
San Tan Mountain Regional ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2020
Daytripper
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.85 mph
1,050 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
Determined that Goldmine trailhead is still closed, in fact Skyline Rd. is closed except to local traffic. Since I always start here made the hike seem different for example the home stretch was now the midway point. Parked at the main entrance and started at that end of Goldmine trail. After crossing over Goldmine Mountain I reached the usually busy Goldmine Dynamite junction saw no other hikers , a runner passed by on Dynamite near the San Tan junction. There was a sign also indicating using the Goldmine trail to reach the Goldmine trailhead was a class 2 misdemeanor :scared:. Possibly to deter bike riders trying to enter the park from here.Started a little late about 0600 as the park opens at 0500 , still finished before the oven heats up at 1000. At the beginning several young ladies jogging up Goldmine Trail from the headquarters then less numbers going up to the Goldmine Mountain saddle and peak, then by around 0800 the park had emptied out as all these trails are unshaded. Saw about half dozen bikes and 4 horse riders, no wildlife. Visited the Hermits cemetery and the War Memorial. Took a few pictures but decided not to post as the air quality made for lots of haziness today :( .
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Nov 10 2019
Yoder
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55 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
San Tan Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2019
Yoder
Hiking8.20 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   3.11 mph
150 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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full moon night hike Started rock Creek Wash Trailhead at about 6:15 and finished about 9pm. Made 8 mile loop with San Tan, Stargazer and Moonlight Trails. Saw one other person on trail.
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Oct 26 2019
adenium
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
San Tan Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
adenium
Hiking6.30 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   2.98 mph
150 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
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May 20 2019
Daytripper
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69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
San Tan Mountain Regional ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2019
Daytripper
Hiking12.20 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.52 mph
1,490 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
Another gorgeous weather day for May so decided on a local hike. Changed up my routine of Goldmine and Dynamite trails with a loop between them and started instead at the park office. Windy and 58° at the start, parking lot was not very busy noticed a couple of horses being saddled. Headed up San Tan trail and then turned down Rock Peak wash trail , appears to be mostly a horse route from Brenner Pass road, , did not go all the way to the trailhead before turning back to San Tan. Was off track in the rock peak area, does not appear too many others get lost up there. Continued on for first time on Malpais trail bumped rating up from a 1 to a 2 due to no bikes on it, 4.1 miles and 75% a wash, nice view looking up at the malpais hills but hiking felt like snow shoeing , can fill your shoes with sand and can burn up some calories on that one. Clouds started to gather to the north , time to head back, Returned via Moonlight, Stargazer trails and then a mini loop to visit the well done Arizona Memorial for those who lost their lives in the Middle East since 9/11. Went by the buddy pond and windmill and then little leaf trail to finish up an enjoyable day. Caution on these trails in hot weather as there is no water , except at the park office, and very little shade.
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Malpais Hills Rock Peak
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Mar 24 2019
Yoder
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55 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Rock Peak Wash Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
Yoder
Hiking7.60 Miles 705 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   3.10 mph
705 ft AEG      18 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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We wanted a short hike and heard that the wild flowers in San Tans were going so decided to check it out. As usual the desire is to avoid crowds if possible. That's a tall order for this park so close to the big city. We put together the following path:
1. Rock Peak Wash
2. San Tan - Lower East section to Stargazer
3. Stargazer
4. Moonlight Stargazer intersection to San Tan junction
5. San Tan - Lower West section to Rock Peak intersection
6. Rock Peak Wash
Total hike is 7.6 miles.

There wasn't too many people, but this park appears to have become a very popular area for mountain bikers, and the second half of the hike there was a biker about ever 10 minutes.

I think going forward we will reserve this area for weekdays, or night hikes only.
Wild flowers were OK, but it appears we may have missed the peak for this area; Although it appears the Brittle bush are getting ready to put on a show probably in the next couple of weeks.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Jan 21 2019
rayhuston
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63 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
San Tan Regional Park Sampler, AZ 
San Tan Regional Park Sampler, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2019
rayhuston
Hiking9.95 Miles 1,229 AEG
Hiking9.95 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   3.16 mph
1,229 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
I haven’t been here for a long time Wanted to get some easy miles.

Lots of families out enjoying the nice weather. It was fun watching the little ones navigating the trails. The operative word for the first couple of miles was patience.
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Aug 12 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Stargazer Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.50 Miles 308 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   3.21 mph
308 ft AEG
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1st trip
San Tan- Stargazer-Moonlight-San Tan-Goldmine-Littleleaf. Nice mixture of Hikers,Joggers, and Mountain bikers. Good to see people enjoying this park. The washes look like they have had some good flow recently. Sandy canvases wiped clean and ready for new critter prints. nice morning out on trail. :D
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Jun 02 2018
jacobemerick
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35 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Stargazer - Moonlight Loop, AZ 
Stargazer - Moonlight Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2018
jacobemerick
Hiking2.30 Miles 151 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   2.30 mph
151 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Few days left on our Maricopa annual pass so took the kids out for a quick morning outing to San Tan MRP. Goldmine trailhead was overflowing at 6am, this easier loop works as well. Direct morning sun and constant bike traffic had both me and the boys on edge. Didn’t bother taking the youngest out of the carrier, no good place for her to play anyways. We did enjoy the portion of Stargazer that plays along the hillside, especially with a few aircraft and paramotors overhead to point out. Saw some horses along Moonlight on the way out, which are always a big hit w/ the boys, even though they didn't get to ride them (this time). Also saw a lot of runners and now they want to start trail-running... Told them that they need to be able to hike three miles nonstop before we started that craziness. Although they did knock out this loop ridiculously fast...
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Jan 26 2018
mazatzal
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
SanTan Loop, AZ 
SanTan Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2018
mazatzal
Hiking7.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.10 mph
600 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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1st trip
First time to the regional park. Nice area. Went with out of town visitor and two friends.
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Mar 13 2017
Daytripper
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69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Goldmine Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2017
Daytripper
Hiking7.33 Miles 899 AEG
Hiking7.33 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   3.21 mph
899 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
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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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Dec 26 2016
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
San Tan Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking6.40 Miles 580 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.43 mph
580 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Finally got over 300 miles for the year for only the second time since joining HAZ :y: . We headed down to San Tan Park with our friends Rafael and Tamara and took the kids out too. Got a fairly early start and were on the trails just after 9am. From the main TH, we took the Moonlight Trail to the Stargazer, then took the San Tan Trail south and came back up north on the Hedgehog Trail, making a clockwise loop mostly. By the time we got back to the TH, the crowds had started to grow, so it was nice to be there earlier and away from most of that.

The weather was still just a bit chilly, but not really cold. The sun was out the whole time, which kept us mostly warm, but in spots it seemed a little cooler at times. Seems like there's a lot more benches along the trails than I remember the last time I was in this area. Saw an interesting looking crested saguaro on the south end of the San Tan Trail.
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Dec 17 2016
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Moonlight Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 17 2016
mt98dew
Run/Jog3.91 Miles 132 AEG
Run/Jog3.91 Miles      44 Mns   5.33 mph
132 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Decided to visit this park on my way back from Picacho. Boy this is a drive...even just from the I-10. When I got there, I didn't have a plan in mind. Just wanted to knock another trail off the list. After looking at the map decided on nice loop involving Moonlight Trail - San Tan - and Goldmine. All the trail were very smooth and very wide with minimal elevation gain. A nice wind down from Picacho. Encountered 1 biker and 10 hikers in various groupings. Saw a jackrabbit and a chipmunk.
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Nov 04 2016
D_Slinky
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29 male
 Joined Sep 01 2016
 San Tan Valley
Moonlight Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2016
D_Slinky
Hiking3.77 Miles 282 AEG
Hiking3.77 Miles
282 ft AEG
 
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Nice evening hike at San Tan Mountain Park. Not too many other people out and the weather was perfect after the recent rain.
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May 07 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Moonlight Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking9.20 Miles 725 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   3.66 mph
725 ft AEG
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1st trip
Work drama put me at the trailhead later then I like. I started around 9am. I'm lucky to have fair health and so many trails close by. Hiking is so therapeutic to me! I went out to hit some of the little trails I had not done. Tied them together for a 9 mile hike. Fun little trails. Lots of cacti and vegetation. Saguaro and Ironwood blooms, with some great clouds,little mountains, big mountains, and great views. Throw in all the critters running around and the birds singing and it made for a great mid morning hike. Ahhhhhh, I needed that! :y:
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Apr 30 2016
hikerdw
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61 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
San Tan Mountain Regional ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2016
hikerdw
Hiking11.20 Miles 896 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   3.15 mph
896 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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1st trip
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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Jan 24 2016
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
SanTan Moon Star Malpais Loop, AZ 
SanTan Moon Star Malpais Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2016
chumley
Hiking10.73 Miles 975 AEG
Hiking10.73 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   3.54 mph
975 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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1st trip
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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Malpais Hills Rock Peak
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Nov 21 2015
toad74
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46 male
 Joined Nov 21 2009
 Gilbert, AZ
San Tan Mountain Regional ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2015
toad74
Hiking4.75 Miles 166 AEG
Hiking4.75 Miles
166 ft AEG
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Solo today. Moonlighter...San Tan...Hedgehog...San Tan
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