San Tan

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.36 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
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear


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
Guest   
 
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 30, 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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Gramcounter


December 4, 2010
moncor Gramcounter  
 
Review: I was riding San Tan park the 4th of dec 2010 for the first time and what a deception it was. Tracks are not too bad until I tried PM (malpais) trail and the south east part of SA (San Tan) trail. It is a farce, ending pushing my bike more than 1 hour in deep sand following arroyos (dry river bed) more than 2k. I returned to TH. at Phillips road pass dark, not a good experience for a new trail. I guess the designer of this trail hates mountain bikers and hikers too, we never ask the horses sharing the trail if they like walking in deep sand for so long. It is just too bad they did not bypass these sand traps because the rest of the trails are not too bad, rolling desert, sandy but managable. With all the excellent trails around Phoenix you can forget San Tan park.

* Review edited 12/4/2010

Similar Trail: Usery Mountain Regional Park or Mc Dowell Mountain Regional Park for same level without the sand

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Gramcounter

January 5, 2009
Feltrider Gramcounter  
 
Review: Yes, Hedgehog has been widened to a double track width but switchbacks have been added and I have to say with the rain over the last several weeks the trails have compacted quite a bit and it has returned to a fun trail. Not too difficult but fun. I ride SanTan to Hedghog back to SanTan and down Goldmine which adds up to roughly 5.5 miles each time around. I agree though that Moonlight is fun too. Make sure to keep an eye out for horses. I have not had a ride there in a while where I have not come across a few.

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San Tan MTB Trail 3.36 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 14 user reviews.
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