San Tan

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.40 out of 5
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Beginner
10
miles

Doubletrack
↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
1,550
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Tke the Goldmine trail (approximately 1.1 miles uphill on wide trail) Take left onto SanTan for approximately 1.5 miles. At this point you will reach a T. Go to right for the San Tan trail and approximately 4 miles of singletrack or hang a left to shorten the ride on Moonlight. San Tan takes you back into the park to some nice scenery. There are some sandy parts in the beginning due to the recent monsoons. Trails are fairly well marked.
added by FeltriderGramcounter September 14, 2008
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

March 7, 2016
 
Review: I live nearby this park, and I'm there at least once a week. Good trails to work up a sweat, and practice technique. Really cut my teeth on this trail when I started mountain biking, as it has enough switch backs and rocky trails, as well as some nice up-and-downs to challenge beginner to intermediate level riders.

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Granny Gear


January 11, 2016
 
Review: I made a loop clockwise in the San Tan Regional Park today on my 26x4.5 inch Fyxation Fat Bike. I started on The San Tan trail, to Malpais, to San Tan to Dynamite down to the parking lot, back to San Tan, to Gold Mine, and then back to the parking lot. 16.3 miles and right at 1500 ft of elevation. Malpais is only rideable with at least a 4 inch tire. I tried with my 29x3 inch and the sand is too soft and deep. Malpais is about like riding in snow with a 26x4.5 inch tire at 9 psi. There are some beautiful views and nice climbs halfway through the 4 mile loop. I'm from Central IL and down for the month of January. I really enjoy riding in the desert. And the San Tan park is a great work out. I used MapMy Ride and my GPS to map the loop. It took about 2.5 hours.

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Bunny Hop

May 21, 2015
 
Review: I consider this my "home" trail since I live nearby. In my opinion, this is beyond a beginner trail, approaching intermediate. There is nice variation in the terrain, with fairly balanced uphill & downhill riding. None of the trails are very long, but they all have some fun riding aspects. It is a good place to practice your techniques. For a more challenging ride, park at Wagon Wheel road and ride up Dynamite trail, it will connect to the San Tan trail. From there, you can add as much riding as you want.

Similar Trail: Usery Mountain Trail

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Granny Gear

May 16, 2015
outtatime Granny Gear  
 
Review: If you are in great shape & don't mind a slow, rocky, somewhat technical climb..... Goldmine trailhead, past the sandy wash is what you seek.. Holy *%# ... For a guy who is out of shape (like me), looking to re-establish a baseline MTB fitness and skill level - Don't try it expecting a nice, calm, light workout ! Can't wait to be able to ride this with both feet on the pedals from start to finish ....

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Granny Gear

April 10, 2015
kentfry Granny Gear  
 
Review: Worth a ride all doubletrack but well conceived, very pretty valley. Goldmine is all rideable but better climbed from south and descended north. Horses and hikers but plenty of room for all. Recommend singlespeed hardtail except for Goldmine. SanTan Flats just down road for post ride beers and entertainment.

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Granny Gear

March 24, 2015
Tom Geml Granny Gear  
 
Review: Very challenging trail for me, I'm used to less steep single track and road riding. The first 1.5 miles is a steep winding rocky climb from goldmine trailhead. When you've reached "the bench" you've essentially finished the hard part of the climb from goldmine.

The climb is worth the reward, forward from the bench is some nice downhill and moderate climbs, this trail is a MUST VISIT if you live near it!

Make sure to give the hikers and horse riders warning, I tend to slow down and make my presence known so i don't roll through them and 20mph coming down hill.

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January 15, 2015
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Review: I really love this place!

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Granny Gear

December 7, 2014
 
Review: The description doesn't do the track justice. Best to park at the end of Wagon Wheel Road off Empire. There is only one entry from there. A couple hundred yards up the start is a turnoff to the right, Dynamite Trail, or straight onto Goldmine. Goldmine sucks for MTB. Very very steep and rocky. Dynamite is a pretty cool trail climb to the summit. If you want to keep it short, turn back at the summit for some pretty fun and flowing DH. 3 mile round trip in all. For longer, drop off the summit and. Follow the trails signs. In all, there is roughly 20 miles of trail. Watch for hikers! They pay no attention at all!

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Poseur

December 31, 2012
 
Review: Nice ride. Some sandy spots in washes. Plenty of riding even if you avoid the sand. Some rocky climbs, etc. nothing too challenging, but a good workout, pretty scenery and fun trails. Lots of horses ... not sure why some riders have a problem with them ... all the horsey people I have net are really nice. All in all, a very nice ride.

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Trailblazer

December 24, 2012
 
Review: Had a great time following the Dynamite Trail up and over the pass and down into the main trail area near the eastern trailhead. Very doable but stay off the steep main trail.

Similar Trail: McDowell Mountain

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San Tan MTB Trail 3.40 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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