Wonderful easy trail. perfect for kids or anyone just starting out with the outdoor adventures. $7 fee for parking per vehicle.

mountain biking
no shade
rocky
12 days ago

Fun trail. Beautiful scenery. Pretty challenging for beginners but not too technical. Some hairpin turns are a bit sandy and can lead to some slipping. Overall, a fun trail to ride.

running
fee
18 days ago

great trail for a good run nice views ...will come back and do this counter clockwise ...it will make for a faster run ...but if u want to work your legs clockwise is the way to go

This was a great hike. It is a fairly wide path, so 3 can walk side by side. I, too question the moderate label as it is a pretty easy hike. I saw lizards, rabbits and chipmunks(?) and I had headphones on, so probably would've been more aware without the headphones. It was also not an overly crowded hike, at least not on the Wed. morning when I went. parking is $7 per car, which seems a little high for an hour hike, but I will just invite others next time I go.

hiking
fee
no shade
23 days ago

We went on a Tuesday at 7am. Wide, well-marked trail with quite a few bikers, only a few people on foot, and one person on horse. The name of this trail on the app is a little deceiving because you don’t actually see a trail marked “Malpais”. If you go clockwise you start at San tan and go to stargazer, to moonlight, to goldmine. But if you follow the map on this app it’s easy. Easy parking.

Great Trail. Amazing views! Easy to moderate. If you are a mountain biker be ready to walk for about 2.5 miles on Malpais Trail. Big part of the trail is on a wash with soft sand. Worth doing it. In my opinion this is the most beautiful trail at the San Tan mountains.

hiking
1 month ago

Washes are sandy. Great for a calf workout. Beat the wait to get in the main entrance and shade was nice. 6:30-9am May 2nd.

hiking
1 month ago

A good tour of the San Tan Mountains without any significant elevation change or climbing.

Very little shade and lots of small insects but an enjoyable scenic hike.

Have done several walks-hikes in the park. All are pretty casual. Since more casual you can definitely enjoy the amazing scenery more. And there is a lot to see. Great casual walk-hikes !!!

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
fee
1 month ago

This park and it’s trails are a hidden gem. You can get it all here. San Tan Loop trail is my favorite throw in Gold Mine comes out to just under 9 miles. The most dangerous thing is the beginner mountain bikers. They don’t all know the yield sequence.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Fun ups and down, some tough climbs really fast towards the end

Trail more suited for bikers or trail runners. Pretty flat

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail wide in most areas but a few narrow washes. Several bike riders and joggers on the trail today. Big beautiful clear blue sky and. Approx 70 degrees.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Very sandy! I feel about 70-80% of the trail is down in the wash, so this can make things kind of slow going. Also, it can get a little confusing in the wash portions, but the trail markers are pretty consistent. The views, especially of the Malpais Hills are very very pretty, this trail is far enough out that you can't see the city very much at all and it was very peaceful! I also did see a lot of wildlife; tons of birds, lizards, chipmunks and two snakes (one king snake and one rattle snake).

hiking
fee
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

We hiked the San tan to moonlight trail. It was 6 miles. A few ups and downs. GREAT VIEWS. Saw our first rattlesnake! So cool! Stay on the trail and you’ll be fine!

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

It's a wash, so it's very sandy the first mile, then sandy again about mile 3-4. We missed a sign post at about 4 miles, so we were off trail for a bit, walking in the wash ravine. Alltrails saved the day by guiding us back on the correct trail. The Malpais trail displayed gorgeous views, so it was worth the extra half mile (off trail)! Most of the trail had excellent signage, just a couple of spots got confusing.

hiking
fee
no shade
2 months ago

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