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This is a great run in the lower Sonoran Desert; the sunrise is magical from the halfway point.


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4.7

Miles

7.5

KM

89%

Runnable

2,143' 653 m

High

1,576' 480 m

Low

739' 225 m

Up

738' 225 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open year round, 6 am-8 pm Sunday through Thursday and 6 am-10 pm Friday through Saturday.

Overview

Starting from the Goldmine Trailhead, you're going to quickly face a steep climb and the first chance to see the sunrise at Goldmine Mountain Peak. At about 1.5 miles, you come across San Tan Trail which you'll take in a western direction for about 1/2 mile before making a right onto Dynamite Trail. This will loop back in 2.5 miles to the Goldmine Trail and continue back to the starting point.

Need to Know

Entry fees are required for park usage per park rules. Please use the self-pay station if the visitor center is closed. San Tan Mountain Regional Park also has a visitor center located at 6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85242. Call (480) 655-5554 for more information.

Runner Notes

Be wary of rattlesnakes, particularly at night and when it is relatively cool.

Description

The park ranges in elevation from about 1,400 feet to over 2,500 feet. Goldmine Mountain is located in the northern area, with a spectacular San Tan Mountain escarpment in the southern portion of the park. The vegetation varies from creosote flats to dense saguaro forests, and runners may spot various types of wildlife including reptiles, birds, mammals, and arthropods.

Enjoy a thrilling journey as you explore the Goldmine Mountain range, known for its mining history. The trail connects to the Goldmine Trail near the Goldmine Trailhead and winds you along the mountain side to the San Tan Trail near the central part of the park. The Goldmine Trail will take you to the highest point on any trail in the park at roughly 2,300 feet in elevation. From here you'll have breathtaking views of the area, that are even more memorable if you happen to be here for sunrise.

Flora & Fauna

Cactus, snake, flowers, birds.

History & Background

San Tan Mountain Regional Park was established in 1986, through an agreement with the BLM and an intergovernmental agreement between Maricopa and Pinal County.

Contacts

Shared By:

Omar Delgado

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Photos

A pretty break in a winter storm, looking directly west of the trail towards San Tan Mountain. This wash is about 0.5 miles from the south end of the Dynamite Trail.
Feb 23, 2019 near Queen C…, AZ
A view of Chandler from Goldmine Mountain.
Jan 22, 2022 near Queen C…, AZ
Clouds over the summit of Goldmine Mountain.
Jan 22, 2022 near Queen C…, AZ
Looking North, at 1750 ft. About a mile from the North trailhead (Dynamite/Goldmine intersection).  Views are great the whole trail.
Feb 8, 2019 near Queen C…, AZ
The mountain gets really pretty after a few days of rain.  Some Rye, Flowers, Cacti and Phoenix in the distance.
Feb 8, 2019 near Queen C…, AZ
Sunrise view.
Nov 29, 2016 near Queen C…, AZ

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Dec 4, 2023
Tim Heid
quite loose for the goldmine trail section. otherwise nice run. 7mi — 1h 10m
May 15, 2022
Daniel Ratkus
Beautiful trail but that first mile is steep. Descent after peak is a little dicey with loose rock- but overall a nice run — 0h 54m
Feb 6, 2021
Jessica Evaro
Feb 14, 2019
Marizonagirl M
Beautiful cloudy day with Nicole and Courtney 4.7mi
Dec 25, 2017
Jason Wheat
4.7mi
Nov 23, 2016
Omar Delgado
4.5mi — 0h 55m
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