San Tan Loop Trail

MODERATE 94 reviews

San Tan Loop Trail is a 7.1 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.

7.1 miles
544 feet

dogs on leash



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


17 days ago

Trails were a little rocky not the best for any sort of running shoes. Good views. $7.00 fee to enter park.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Nice ride. Nothing technical about this ride. It is easier if you go clockwise in my opinion. Good views of the park.

6 months ago

Good trail. Glad I can read and know they have signs everywhere stating that the trail has a large wash portion (and it's on every map). Makes it easy to prepare if you're using the most baseline of observation.

6 months ago

Beautiful views and great trail

6 months ago

Great hike around the loop today. Warm temps but cloud cover helped. Nice easy hike with beautiful cactus!

6 months ago

Loved it!! Everyone was so nice and helped others out!

8 months 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

8 months 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.

8 months ago

Definitely not hard. Nice hike though. Good views

8 months ago

Really great hike.... beautiful place

9 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.

10 months ago

Lots of fun! Trails are well maintained and fast!

mountain biking
10 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
11 months ago

Love running this course.

11 months ago

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

11 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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Great bike ride.

Monday, April 17, 2017

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
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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

Saturday, April 08, 2017

The trail is beautiful and the mountains are like miniature Superstitions

Saturday, March 25, 2017

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.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Easy long trail. $6 parking fee.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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.

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.

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