Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Queen Creek with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love this trail!

I’m not from the area but I was happy to find this trail here in the app and that it was so close to where I was staying. For convenience, trail maintenance, great marking, and sheer beauty I ranked this one high- even though I had a spill and smashed my phone (I suggest pocketing the thing.)
I ran it counterclockwise and found the first 2.5-3 to be perfect (even in the dark, as I started at 4:30am). There is one steep incline that I had to walk and coming down the other side was a fun challenge I didn’t dare to take at full speed. On the far southwest side of the trail you head through an awesome valley full of saguaros and other plant life- much greener than I expected for August. That piece was the highlight for me, even over the amazing desert sunrise and view of town from the lookouts at dawn.
The parking lot fills up quick. The trails technically don’t open til 6am but when I arrived before 4:30, the gate was open there were already two cars there and when I left just after 6 the lot was full and people where walking in from up to 1/4 mile out. Also, I didn’t notice any water at the trailhead and certainly none on the trail, although there are some nice benches to relax on. Carry or plant water.
Watch your footing, especially on the steep sections- very rocky. Easy to trip or slip- I would have fallen more than the one time if I had worn my street running shoes.
Plan to take your time through the valley! Probably the easiest part of the trail but it’s the most beautiful too, I did a loop and a half of this trail so I could hangout in the valley part twice.

Did this clockwise. Ran the first .5 mile, and was forced to walk the next mile due to the technical trail and my shoe choice. The final 3 miles or so was easy to run. Beautiful sunrise over the eastern peaks. Decent views. Great for a pre-work run

I love San tan park, the trails are clean and great. this is a good little run for the afternoon or a quick morning breather. definitely a good one.

2 months ago

the fee for parking is 7$

mountain biking
2 months ago

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

mountain biking
2 months ago

Good climb up and views. Recent trail maintenance has cleared some of the larger loose rocks and the climbing isn’t difficult.

Parking fees have increased to $7 if you don’t have the pass.

Nice hike, but kind of sucks for trail running. Too much loose rock and steep inclines. Disappointed

Intense but not difficult. Better in the Summer if you ask me. No elevation change worth noticing. Overall a great hike.

Great for a short hike in the morning! Most of the climb up Goldmine Mountain is in the first mile and a half or so, with a few short steep sections. Great views, very peaceful if you go at the right time.

One of my favorites. this trail and goldmine are one if the same. pick your direction.

One of my favorites. not super colorful though

Up one hill and down another. Beautiful scenery and the valley. Beautiful photogenic areas with saguaro cacti b

hiking
3 months ago

Really easy and wide trail. Great for kids, but my 3 year old had a hard time staying steady on the loose rocks.

Good workout! So many pretty views. Took me about two hours to complete :)

trail was nice and quiet. not too many hikers. we brought our pup and he seemed to enjoy himself. it's nice that the big part of the climb is at the beginning of the hike. nice morning hike

Went from Moonlight Trail to San Tan Trail instead of San Tan Trail to Moonlight this time it was more challenge than last time I went because of a lot of incline but GREAT work out. End up 6.6 miles 2 and half hour if you want to see gorgeous city. Go from San Tan Trail to Moonlight Trail and easier than Moonlight to San Tan Trail

hiking
3 months ago

First time hiking with my 6 year old son and he made it.

I love and love I did 6.3 miles and it’s good work out too a lot of uphills and downhills. Not too hard. I def will come back more Theres several bench you can take a break.

fun trail, but lightly trafficked? I guess it depends on your definition of light, but I hiked this trail plus dynamite and probably crossed paths with roughly 50 hikers and 25 mountain bikers absolutely blazing the trails.

not enjoyable if you're looking for some peace and quiet.

hiking
5 months ago

Friendly hikers & mountain bikers, well maintained trails. Fun & challenging.

hiking
5 months ago

3/20/18 Great trail. Pretty easy even for a big guy like me (350lbs). Has some ups and downs but they’re pretty spaced out. There are a few vista views and there’s even a nice sturdy bench about a mile into the trail. Beware of lots of horse poop along the trail, also by the looks there were either bike tire or off-road walker tracks. The trail initially splits off the gold mine trail about 1/4 mile into it, the trail runs on the west side of the mountain so if you start before 10am the trail will be mostly shaded. There’s a $6 self pay parking fee. 2 porta potties in the parking lot.

I did this hike on Tuesday with a buddy from out of town. It was the first time either of us have been in the San Tans. This trail is the most beautiful trail I've done in/around the Phoenix area, hands-down. Magnificent desert. I'll be back and hitting all those trails. Like others have said here, other than the distance, this is a piece of cake hike on a great trail.

beautiful evening hike so you're covered in shade. slow and steady incline. graft for running or hiking with kiddos.

on Dynamite Trail

5 months ago

This is an easy trail, but there is a good variety of terrain along the way. There were quite a few bikers so be aware of what's coming up behind you. The map doesn't show the entire trail. It does continue to the San Tan Trail which brings it to about 3.5 miles one way.

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.

Beautiful views and great trail

hiking
5 months ago

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

Hike up Goldmine gets hard but only for a very short portion. Great for the legs! The San Tan trail connection is not very exciting, more like a desert walk, which makes it feel long and boring. Then you hit Dynamite and book it down which is fun and good cardio. Very little shade on this loop.

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