Goldmine Mountain dominates the northern section of the park, and the San Tan Mountains cut across the southwestern corner. In places, chain-fruit cholla stands higher than your head. Elsewhere, clumps of teddy-bear cholla glow in the sunlight, looking almost soft enough to pet. (But don't try it.)
Our hike will climb to the saddle of Goldmine Mountain (GM trail) and return along the Dynamite trail (DN trail). This will be a loop of a little over 4 miles with elevation gains totaling about 600 ft. or so. .. . Oh yeah we'll visit the small graveyard also.
This oasis of natural beauty on the flanks of the southeast Valley is characterized by dramatic cliffs and rugged hills, meandering washes and rolling bajada, home to lush desert foliage and a surprising amount of wildlife.
Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. Expect this hike to last 3-4 hours.
See photos from our 2/3/13 hike here:
for comments regarding the hike go here:
See photos from our 3/5/11 hike here:
Here are trail maps:
Here is a link to the Park website:
We will not be near the visitor center.
Distance: 4.5 Miles
Time: 3 – 4 Hours
Difficulty: Moderate except one short steep section (see photo below).
Trail: packed dirt and sand and some rocky trails
Trailhead Elevation: 1570 ft.
Elevation gain: 600 ft
Parking: Goldmine Trailhead gravel lot with porta potty
Entry fees: $6 or Maricopa pass
Dogs: OK on leash
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen and insect repellent is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions.
Hike at your own risk.
TO GET THERE:
About 12 miles east of I-10
Or about 9 miles east of the 101
From the southern loop of the 202
Take exit # 42 onto S Val Vista Dr. and
Travel south about ½ mile and
Turn left onto E Germann Rd and take it east 4.0 mi and
Turn right onto S Power Rd and travel south about 4.1 mi and
Turn left onto East Riggs Road and go east about a mile and
Turn right onto S Sossaman Rd and go a mile south and then
Turn left onto Hunt Highway (Empire Blvd.) and go east about 0.8 mi and
Turn right onto N Wagon Wheel Rd and
Follow it south about a mile to its end as it becomes W Skyline Dr
and ends at the Goldmine Trail parking lot.
Google says this trail head is about an hour from the intersection of the 51 and I-10
NOTE: It is easy to miss a turn and get lost in this quagmire of roads and dead ends. Allow a little extra time... you'll get there.
MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:
Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post comments on this announcement page.
Following the hike: We will reconvene for rehydration and food locally.
Perhaps at Floridinos.
They are a reasonably priced family run Italian restaurant.
The address is
590 N. Alma School Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224
They are the South west corner of Alma School and Galveston.
Perhaps at San Tan Flat
6185 W Hunt Hwy, Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Or perhaps someplace dog-friendly.