San Tan Mountain Regional Park On A Sunday
The sun was shining and it was in the low 70’s. It was a perfect day for a hike. We did a little research of the parks in and around Mesa, AZ and chose San Tan Mountain Regional Park in Queen Creek, AZ for our day hike.
Upon arrival we paid our $6.00 (Senior rate) fee for day use and entered the park. It was a popular place to be that day but parking spaces were still available. Well marked trails (9 total) range in both length and difficulty from Littleleaf Trail (at .9 miles one way) to San Tan Trail (at 6.4 miles one way) and numerous options in between. A map and trail information handed out by the Rangers at the entrance outline the options and gives each hiking party the ability to choose based on their abilities. People on horseback, bicycle and foot all share the trails. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails in this park.
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Benches Are Placed On The Trails Sporadically
Benches are placed sporadically throughout the trail providing a place for a brief rest without getting poked from a nearby cactus. The trails are easy to follow and well marked. Terrain involves some elevation and dips through washes. The trail we chose wasn’t difficult. However, the next day my quadriceps were telling me I’d traversed a more versatile terrain.
Take some time to explore the parks in your area. Entry fees are usually small and season passes are also available. A backpack with a snack and extra water and a good pair of walking shoes are the only basics you’ll need. However, depending upon the current weather you may want to add a sun hat, sunscreen or a sweatshirt. We also take along our walking sticks, an addition I’ve found makes hiking much easier and more enjoyable.
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