San Tan Mountain Park
UPDATE: SAN TAN PARK IS ALL DOUBLETRACK
There is no singletrack left in the system. They widened the corridors and added more lanes… See San Tan Park Blog Entries for stories from my exploration days in the San Tans.
San Tan Park is located in the south east valley. The park has a fairly new trail system. Maricopa trial crews spent last winter out there building new beginner friendly double wide trails. The San Tans trails have been know in the past as sandy and wide with very little singletrack. That is all true.
Even though the trails are all very tame, not technical or steep, they are far from boring. Singlespeeders and hardtail riders might enjoy the moderate trails while speed junkies can test their skills flying through pristine Sonoran desert. Sorry downhillers, there’s nothing for you except for a 1/4 mile drop in from the Goldmine Saddle into the Park…the Rite of Passage. It’s sweet DH but too short to bother.
The views of Rock Peak and the Malpais Hills are the best reason to get out there.
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Goldmine off of Skyline Rd: $2 ride-in fee. There’s a brand new lot with plenty of space for cars, trucks, and trailers.
Phillips Main Park Entrance: $6 drive-in, $2 ride-in fee. No Parking signs posted from park out Â¼ mile along the road outside the park. The main entrance has a visitor’s center and facilities. San Tan Park is also home to the Nathan Martens Arizona Memorial honoring fallen soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Goldmine: Rite of Passage: The Goldmine trail from the Goldmine TH over Goldmine mountain is a â€œrite of passageâ€ into the park. Only truly adventurous climbers enter from here. Itâ€™s a 1.1 mile climb. See First Ride in San Tan Park for details of this climb.
San Tan Trail: The San Tan trail has six distinct legs. It is one trail with many personalities.
San Tan North: After the drop in to the park out of the rite of passage, San Tan meets with Goldmine then follows a wide jeep road until it meets with Moonlight. Itâ€™s fun, itâ€™s fast and itâ€™s wide.
San Tan West
Singletrack doubletrack: From the Moonlight junction San Tan turns into wide singletrack doubletrack as it makes its way around a mountain. This is a fun lame trail. Small No ups and downs even a few no switchbacks.
San Tan West Doubletrack: This segment drops south at the Hedgehog junction and quickly turns into doubletrack until it meets up with the Malpais Wash junction.
San Tan South
Singletrack Doubletrack: Awesome rolling singletrack doubletrack that runs East-West until it drops into Rock Peak Wash.
San Tan East
Singletrack Doubletrack: A singletrack doubletrack climb to the saddle. Still loose in spots, needs rain and riding, but still very fun.
San Tan East Wash/Doubletrack: North of Saddle the San Tan is a sandy wash with tiny stretches of rideable trail until it meets with Hedgehog. From the Hedgehog junction itâ€™s fast doubletrack back to the main park entrance.
Moonlight: This is very nice doubletrack that climbs gently for just over a mile to the San Tan West
Great mile of singletrack doubletrack trail that connects off the San Tan West trail.
Malpais: Scenic yet sandy. A nice trail if it werenâ€™t for about 2 miles of sand in various stretches. This trail has potential if some MTB friendly re-routing were to take place. If youâ€™re up for adventure at least ride out to the junction at the Malpais wash just passed the saddle. There
is was some nice singletrack buried in there, but it is was short lived.
Rock Peak Wash: All sand. MTB re-route desperately needed.
Best Singletrack Doubletrack Options
CCW. Moonlight-San Tan Loop-Hedgehog. Then CW: Hedgehog-San Tan-Moonlight.
CCW: Moonlight-San Tan-Hedgehog. Then CW: San Tan Loop-Moonlight.
San Tan Videos
Located on the very south east corner of maricopa county – a jewel of a cross-country trail system.
Download: MTBikeAZ San Tan Park TOPO Map (PDF 1.3 MB) Updated February 25, 2008