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Rock Peak Wash Trail - San Tan MRP - 5 members in 14 triplogs have rated this an average 2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 11 2021
adilling
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58 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Rock Peak Wash Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2021
adilling
Hiking2.30 Miles 68 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   4 Hrs      0.58 mph
68 ft AEG
 
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I have long wanted to come out to this part of the park and take some astro shots. I saw the triplog from @Yoder and was finally inspired to head out. I have done this hike in the day, for a sunrise and sunset, and now I have done it a night.

The hike up the sandy wash is the same as always. I made my way to the San Tan Trail and turned left towards the cool crested saguaro. I brought two cameras with me. One for Milky Way shots and the other for star trails. I felt like a pack mule carrying two tripods, two cameras, extra lens, water and a chair (which, of course, I did not use).

Once my eyes adjusted to the dark, the ambient light of Phoenix made most things visible. I set up my star trails rig, set the intervalometer and started taking shots. I took my other camera and started looking for interesting shots. There is a good deal of lights off in the distance to the south, it was tricky to avoid those. The worst was the non-stop planes and jets flying overhead. That was hard to overcome with long exposures.

The silence of the desert was really nice. I would hear the occasional rustling in the bushes, but nothing "large", so I figured it was a bunny or a lizard (jackalope, perhaps?). No snakes this time, although I was expecting some. No scorpions or other creepy crawlies either. Just me, the stars and the desert.

I stopped shooting about 1am and started back to the truck. This part of San Tan Park is nice. It's not a busy as the northern sections and it's more scenic too, even at night. I got my pictures, a little exercise, and some quality "ME" time with the solitude and calmness of the desert at night. Mission accomplish!
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Milky Way
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Jun 06 2021
Yoder
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55 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Malpais Loop from Phillips TH - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2021
Yoder
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,185 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   2.83 mph
1,185 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Put together Rock Peak Wash Trail, Malpais Trail, and parts of San Tan Trail for a 8.1 mile loop starting at the Rock Peak trailhead.

Night Hike! - The Constellations
Arrived at about 1am and started hike. Decided to use the Canon EF 28-300mm instead of the Rokinon fish eye lens. The Rokion is a fast lens at about f2. Comparing this night hike photos with last one, you can see the difference. the Rokion lens is fixed focal length, while the canon can go from 28-300mm for a good zoom. Noticed the canon seems to work pretty well for representing what you typically will see in the night sky, but doesn't capture the scenery very well. A number of constellations were place well in relation to the landscape, so I decide to focus on them.

Moon didn't rise till just before dawn, so this was a darker hike than my typical night hikes that I generally do around the full moon.

Didn't see a single person the whole hike, but that shouldn't be to suppressing :)

Pretty sure I spotted an Arizona Grey fox just before getting to the Trailhead parking. Not much bigger than a large cat with a tail just about as long as the rest of it's body.
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Feb 07 2021
ScaredyCat
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 Joined Aug 08 2020
 Phx az
Rock Peak Wash Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2021
ScaredyCat
Hiking11.59 Miles 1,169 AEG
Hiking11.59 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   2.53 mph
1,169 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Parked at this small TH to avoid crowds & costs. 1/2 correct, still supposed to pay. Less than a mile in you exit this sandy patch and jump on the santan trail.

From here there are many options available. We followed this flat trail till u could turn left for some actual EG up a rocky path. I then climbed another small peak which is unmarked.

We then climbed to what may be the highest point up there. We chose an out and back from there. As stated in write up, many mtn bikes. Could return there and take on another hike of this distance on mostly different trails.
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Jan 18 2021
WaitingForRain
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32 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Malpais Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2021
WaitingForRain
Hiking9.50 Miles 764 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   2.74 mph
764 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Jul 19 2020
adilling
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58 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Rock Peak Wash Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2020
adilling
Hiking0.88 Miles 68 AEG
Hiking0.88 Miles
68 ft AEG
 
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I’ve been wanting to catch a sunrise at the cool crested saguaro out along the San Tan Trail but I overslept on Sunday morning, so I decided I would hike for a sunset rather than a sunrise. I am glad I did. I was treated to spectacular sunset for sure.

There was nobody at the Rock Peak Wash Trailhead when I arrived (gee, I wonder why?). It was a little toasty. The trail is along the wash, so it’s a sloggy sand fest. The sign said the gates close at 8pm, so I decided rather than temp fate, I decided to park along the street instead.

Loaded up, I headed off with my target out along the San Tan Trail. This little connector trail is not much to write home about, but it offers an easy way to access the southern part of the San Tan MRP.

I actually saw a few mountain bikers, but no other hikers. I went out and took my pictures, exploring the little ridges near Rock Peak and then back down near the cool crested saguaro. The clouds were low and the mountains on the western horizon are dominated by the mountains on the western edge of the park. I was not sure if I would get any colors at all. But, wow, once the sun cleared the cloud layer, the colors exploded. First some vibrant oranges and yellows, then some wonderful pink highlights. It only lasted for about 15 minutes, but it was worth all of the sand I dumped out of my boots when I got home for sure.

I really like this part of the park. The mountains and views down there are very nice.
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Apr 04 2020
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Rock Peak Wash Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 04 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog7.23 Miles 68 AEG
Run/Jog7.23 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   5.56 mph
68 ft AEG
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Decided to knock out another trail on the "get er done" list. Headed out to the San Tan's to get a loop incorporating the Rock Peak Wash Trail. Got to the TH a little after 6am to find a line of cars waiting to get in! :o That was a first for me. I've seen lines for gates that haven't open, but this line was 15 deep and creeping forward. When I passed through the gate the park attendant asked that I parked "every other spot". Social distancing for cars :lol:

Went in on the San Tan and then took the Hedgehog to get to the western part of the San Tan. From there I took San Tan was south and east to where it connected to the Rock Peak Wash. This trail is pretty much as advertised....a wash. The "Rock Peak" comes from the hill just to the west of the wash. The trail (wash) is easy to follow and even if it wasn't you couldn't lost because there are trail markers every hundred yards or so. Trail is a decent mix of soft beach like sand and compact sand. Actually enjoy running in washes every once in awhile because it change from the more solid trails. The trees along the wash provided a decent amount of shade with the sun still lying relatively low in the sky. Hit the end of the trail, where there is enough parking for 7 vehicle (5 were already taken), and turned around. Reconnecting to the San Tan I continued east and then north. Going this way precipitates a short, but challenging climb to a saddle. Enjoy going this direction not so much because of the climb, but because after that it all down hill. :D Weather was beautiful! Decent mixture of people out and about... 45 hikers, 24 bikers and 14 trail runners! No ildlife though.
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May 20 2019
Daytripper
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70 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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Jun 25 2017
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Malpais Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,032 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.54 mph
1,032 ft AEG
 
1st trip
My original plan was to hike up in Cave Creek out to the 6L Ranch, but with the heat, I decided to opt for a hike that was a little shorter, a little easier, and closer to home so I could get an earlier start. I hiked the Malpais Trail once before 8 years ago, but I hadn't kept the track on my GPS, so this was also to do that.

I started from the Rock Peak Wash TH, and took the Rock Peak Wash Trail up to the Santan Trail. From there, I did a figure-8, going first counter-clockwise along the Malpais Trail, then clockwise along the Santan and Hedgehog Trails, ending back on the Rock Peak Wash Trail to the TH.

I saw only 2 other hikers the whole time, very early on. Saw quite a few bikers, as usual for a county park. The temperature really wasn't too bad. There were breezes the whole time, and there were enough clouds that it gave intermittent shade. Not seeing many people made it very peaceful along this remote area.

this hike gives me a total for this year so far that already exceeds my entire total for 2014, so getting back at it a bit more now. :y:
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May 07 2016
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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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62 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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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
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48 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
 
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. ](*,)
Named place
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Malpais Hills Rock Peak
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Sep 27 2015
LindaAnn
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41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Malpais Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2015
LindaAnn
Hiking7.86 Miles 569 AEG
Hiking7.86 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   2.29 mph
569 ft AEG      8 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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My friend wanted a super easy hike for today, and Malpais fit that requirement. I'd call this one more of a scenic walk than a hike, but it was still enjoyable. We started from the Rock Peak Wash trailhead, and made a loop of Malpais.
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Apr 28 2015
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 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
San Tan Mountain Inner Loop, AZ 
San Tan Mountain Inner Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2015
hikingaz2
Hiking10.81 Miles 889 AEG
Hiking10.81 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.63 mph
889 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Needed to return and finish the trails that i missed the other day, nice trails, nice courteous hikers and bikers, will return and take out company when they come to visit.
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