The new trail out at San Tan park is Dynamite. The Goldmine TH off Wagon Wheel and Skyline has been worthless to mountain bikers for years. The only way into the park was a horrendous Hike-a-bike I called the rite of passage. I’d tried to ride it plenty of times, but it was a wicked way to start a ride, especially in the San Tans where the rest of the riding is easy XC.
But now we have Dynamite (and so do the hikers, horses and runners…I’m not a trail runner but if I was, this would be a great morning run.) Dynamite bypasses the rite of passage, with a gradual bench cut climb skirting its way into the park through classic desert hills and views.
What can I say, that trail is really nice! Sure it’s a bit wide right now due to the new construction, but the grade is BCT-esque and it’s a good one mile + climb to the top. From the TH it’s 2.5 miles until you connect in with the San Tan trail. This will definitely be my preferred way to enter the park.
It’s BeesKneesian climb, but a little less steep. It’s wide, buff, with nice views. San Tan has always been one of my favorite places for sweet desert views. The riding is very moderate, but when you just want to pedal and soak up views, San Tan in nice.
Saturday morning the Park had just seen some good rain. It was cold, the trails were tacky and made for excellent San Tanning.