San Tan Loop Trail

MODERATE 76 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 moderate. 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

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

27 days ago

it would have been nice to know the Malpais trail is over half sandy wash. great views up to Malpais hills. not an easy biking trail

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk in the park. As others have noted this is definitely not a difficult hike as there's nothing really technical and very little elevation change. Still lots to see and be sure not to miss the rare crested saguaro cactus about 2.5 miles in from the beginning of the trail (if starting going left that is). If coming from the right you could easily walk by it . enjoy.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely not hard. Nice hike though. Good views

1 month ago

Really great hike.... beautiful place

hiking
2 months ago

Not hard. Perhaps the rating is due to length, loose gravel and stones. Very pretty views about a mile or 2 into it. Very deserty (lots of cactus). Feels like a wandering through the desert. Went on a Sat and only encountered about half dozen hikers, 4 mountain bikers and 4 horseback riders. Trail is very clearly marked. Take a picture of the trail map before starting in case you want to change trails mid-hike. Places with loose gravel may get into gym shoes, but lots of well placed benches along trail to empty shoes. Looked like a fun mountain biking trail.

3 months ago

Lots of fun! Trails are well maintained and fast!

mountain biking
3 months 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
4 months ago

Love running this course.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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.

9 months ago

Great bike ride.

10 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

The trail is beautiful and the mountains are like miniature Superstitions

hiking
10 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Easy long trail. $6 parking fee.

11 months ago

This is not a hard Trail at all

Monday, February 13, 2017

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.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

This is not a hard trail.

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