San Tan Loop Trail

HARD 63 reviews

San Tan Loop Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Queen Creek, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
551 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

Lots of fun! Trails are well maintained and fast!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Definitely not a hard trail. Would rate it moderate at best. Lots of fun though with several nice flowing sections. Probably better ridden clockwise but counterclockwise offers one brutal climb that could be the reason it’s rated hard. Good workout. Nice trail!! Will definitely do again.

trail running
1 month ago

Love running this course.

hiking
1 month ago

Not "hard" in my opinion since there's not much elevation gain. Worth it as a recovery hiking day between harder trails!

hiking
2 months ago

Some nice desert landscape and views of the mountain range.

We hiked this clockwise from the TH and it became apparent that mountain bikers who were using the trail were mostly going clockwise, whereas other hikers we came across were mostly going counterclockwise.

Be sure to note the changes in elevation, if going clockwise, the climb around the 5.5-mile mark can be steep for some (probably why this trail is rated as difficult and why most hikers we encountered were going the other way, although I would rate this as moderate).

We did not bring our dog on this hike and we're glad we didn't. Lots of sharp rocks, some aggressive climbs and the usual cactus/thorns you'd expect on or near a desert trail. Also with the mountain bike traffic, even our leashed dog would likely be an added obstacle.

Otherwise a nice afternoon hike.

7 months ago

Great bike ride.

7 months ago

Walked it, it's beautiful and clean. It's more moderate then hard. If you are biking I can see where it might be hard in some spots.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Solid trail for biking, and just enough descending and climbing to keep your adrenaline going.

hiking
8 months ago

The trail is beautiful and the mountains are like miniature Superstitions

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. This trail has some hills but they are very doable. There were a lot of mountain bikes on the trail. Look forward to doing this again.

backpacking
8 months ago

Nice trail. Great flowers. Moderate elevation slopes. Nice day hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy long trail. $6 parking fee.

9 months ago

This is not a hard Trail at all

10 months ago

This is NOT a difficult trail. There is very little elevation change. It's heavily trafficked by mountain bikers. Goes in and out of a wash. You get a good view of the Malapais Hills.

10 months ago

This is not a hard trail.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This is a fun trail! Mostly advanced beginners to intermediate with a few harder spots. On the south side cardiac is a hill that's little tricky to go down but not horrible! It has a little drop in too some rocks which is sandy but doable worse case scenario walk the first part of cardiac and get back on ! Then on the north side of the trail there are a few down and ups which can be a little tricky because you need speed to go back up ! Line choice through them is critical! The two main ones can be tough but not dangerous! Overall wide trail with up down combos !

Monday, October 24, 2016

This is one of my favorite regulars. It is close to home so I use it often. Usually for mountain biking. Great for a night ride on a full moon night. Bring a headlight tho.

Monday, April 25, 2016

First half is less busy than other trails.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

great trail for running and biking, steeper at some points where dismount and walk may be necessary. Decent view from the top.

hiking
Saturday, January 16, 2016

The trails in this park are perfect for trail running and biking, with the exception of the Goldmine Trail which is the most difficult. I didn't do the loop as tracked in the publication. Instead I started at Goldmine, got on the San Tan, then on to Hedgehog, back on the San Tan which took be back to Gold Mine. Several trails interconnected and well marked give you flexibility to change your mind should you want to improvise on this hike. Beautiful for a Phoenix area hike, and as you might expect there is plenty of traffic too.

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