San Tan Trail to Moonlight Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Queen Creek, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Head south on San Tan Trail from the trailhead just west of San Tan Regional Park Visitor Center. After about 2 miles, the trail turns west for about half of a mile, then heads north. To make the 6.7 mile loop, take Moonlight Trail east to get back to the trailhead. Nice, easy going trail. Maricopa County Parks rate it as moderatly difficult. The elevation gain is spread fairly evenly over the course. Nice views of the surrouding mountains, several nesting pairs of curved bill thrashers, cottontail rabbits, saguaros, cholla (buckhorn, jumping, chain fruit), barrel cacti, creasote, sage, etc.
Completed today with my brother. Fun!
Super easy, mostly flat trail. Well marked, and lots of resting places. great views!
ABOUT THE TRAIL
This is a flat, sandy-ish trail that is well maintained and marked. There are parts of the trail near the middle to end that have slight elevation changes - walk uphill a bit, then down - but for the most part, this hike is pretty smooth and easy going. It's a good length for what it is. Plenty of desert scenery with city views at certain points, and the quiet desert/mountains at other parts. Great to get away from all the city noise.
ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
You'll park in the parking lot at the beginning of the trailhead. $6 for a vehicle to park; they do take debit cards. We encountered several people but it wasn't crowded. This tail is open to horses, dogs, mountain bikes, and hikers. Chipmunks were a fun distraction.
good for beginners to moderate