What: Gold Mine trail to the saddle and back
When: Thursday, October 25th, 5:30PM
Where: San Tan Mountain Regional Park (Wagon Wheel entrance)
Elevation: 700+- feet
Distance: 3 miles round trip
Cost: Park entrance fee - drive in $7, walk in $2 (Maricopa County Park Pass)
Facilities: Porta Potty, trash can, recycle can
Park Map: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/pdf/2012/san-tan-11x17-3d.pdf
This is a tester hike, to see if anyone is interested in a fitness hike on this side of the valley. We will start at the Wagon Wheel/Skyline entrance to the park, hike up to the graves, head down into the wash, and up the other side, to the saddle. The hike to the saddle is rather steep and loose in places, so wear good hiking shoes. Bring a flashlight, just in case. Dogs are welcome.
Directions: From 202 San Tan, head south on Power Road to Hunt Hwy. Head east (left) on Hunt Hwy to Wagon Wheel Road. Head south on Wagon Wheel, follow the road around to the right (Skyline) and either park inside the gated area, or on the outside. Parking inside the gated area cost $7 per vehicle (or a Maricopa County Park Pass). If you park outside of the gated area, the walk in fee is $2. Wagon Wheel is between Sossaman and Hawes, on Hunt Hwy. If you reach the light on Hawes, you have gone too far. From the 202/Power Road to Wagon Wheel is about 11 miles.
Please bring plenty of water, proper hiking shoes, hats, flash lights, and your after work energy!