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.
Great bike ride.
This was a nice, enjoyable hike with not a lot of steep climbing. I wouldn't class it as moderate but being six miles makes it more challenging than an easy rating. I don't own a mountain bike but this trail had me thinking I should have one! All of the quick up and downs and several winding curves looked to be a lot of fun on a bike.
A little over 6 miles. During the hike, I encountered several bikers, a few hikers (mothers and daughters, families), a few people on their morning run and I even encountered a couple on a horse ride. Lots of traffic on the trails. Fairly easy- not too much incline.. I enjoyed this hike!
Completed today with my brother. Fun!