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    Cool-blue Rhythm Riding San Tan Park

    Anyone on here ride San Tan Park much? It seems to have a good amount of riders going by the tracks I saw out there.

    It is close to my place and getting back into mountain biking after being off for a while.

    Hawes area is close to my work but scheduling with the family makes San Tan a better place to ride for now at least.

    Just looking to meet some new people and ride out in the San Tan area since most of my buddies in Mesa say it is too far of a drive to come ride out there.....

    I'm going to head out there again today about 1545 if anyone is around.

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    I go out there every now and again and ride ML/SA/HG/SA loop which is just enough to get me outta breath (sometimes I'll have to HAB a few spots). I'm much closer to Hawes or Usery so I don't go that often, maybe once every 2-3 weeks for a change of pace which in my case is slow.
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    Santan is a great place to get some flow. I live in QC close to Gateway Airport and ride my single speed out there quite a bit. I would recommend starting at the Dynamite trailhead and head out. You can take DM over to the loop mentioned above which is pretty similar to what I typically ride. I take DN south then counterclockwise loop-SA-HG-SG-ML-SA-LL-SA and then back out DN which I think is pretty close to @ 10 miles. The ride back out on DN is the icing on the cake as it's like a mile or so of all downhill goodness. No chunky stuff out there which is why I prefer the SS. Look for a green Vassago and that will be me

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsittman View Post
    Santan is a great place to get some flow. I live in QC close to Gateway Airport and ride my single speed out there quite a bit. I would recommend starting at the Dynamite trailhead and head out. You can take DM over to the loop mentioned above which is pretty similar to what I typically ride. I take DN south then counterclockwise loop-SA-HG-SG-ML-SA-LL-SA and then back out DN which I think is pretty close to @ 10 miles. The ride back out on DN is the icing on the cake as it's like a mile or so of all downhill goodness. No chunky stuff out there which is why I prefer the SS. Look for a green Vassago and that will be me
    You must practically be my neighbor!! I'm over by Sossaman / Germann Rds & on occasion ride down to the park via QC wash to Hawes Rd. I typically ride that same loop you described, but CW, then mix in a second loop by doubling up on SA-ML (this time stay on ML, bypassing SG to the west side of SA) -SA-HG-SA-SG-ML (UP)-SA-DN. Kinda turns it into a figure 8-ish ride for about 22 miles. Throw in the the 14 rt pavement miles to get there and it's a nice easy 36. Even though it's the closest place to my house I probably only ride over there every couple of months. It's a fun place for what it has, especially after the addition of the Dynamite trail. Hit me up if you ever want to cruise down there.
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    Re: Riding San Tan Park

    Thanks for the loop info guys. I'm gonna head out there today and see how I do. I did not do much at all yesterday just a small loop but I wanna put more miles on today for sure.

    I'd like to see more trails out this way and it seems more maybe coming as there is more riding locations out this way now then there was before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    You must practically be my neighbor!! I'm over by Sossaman / Germann Rds & on occasion ride down to the park via QC wash to Hawes Rd. I typically ride that same loop you described, but CW, then mix in a second loop by doubling up on SA-ML (this time stay on ML, bypassing SG to the west side of SA) -SA-HG-SA-SG-ML (UP)-SA-DN. Kinda turns it into a figure 8-ish ride for about 22 miles. Throw in the the 14 rt pavement miles to get there and it's a nice easy 36. Even though it's the closest place to my house I probably only ride over there every couple of months. It's a fun place for what it has, especially after the addition of the Dynamite trail. Hit me up if you ever want to cruise down there.
    My wife and I recently moved from the Las Colinas (downtown) area of QC to Cortina. We're really close to the neighborhood park/pool and elementary school. Were looking for a little bit more room and better neighborhood for our daughter to grow up and go to school. I'd love to meet up with you sometime although I know I'm not in near the shape that you're in so we might have to skip the road ride...plus I'm scared of cars . PM me sometime and let's meet up.

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    Its great to hear some love for San Tan. I ride San Tan at least once a week. Great place to ride and closest trail system to my house. I usually have to ride solo so it would be cool to ride with someone for a change. Love the ride back down dynamite unless the horses are out....

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    I usually ride San Tan once a week as well. I also live in QC and usually ride over around 8 am on Thursday or Friday. That probably isn't a convenient time for most but throwing it out there just in case. I usually ride to the park and do DM-SA-ML-GM-SA-back down DM and home which ends up being about 19-20 miles. I'm pretty slow and will be on a green Salsa or black and green Santa Cruz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsittman View Post
    My wife and I recently moved from the Las Colinas (downtown) area of QC to Cortina. We're really close to the neighborhood park/pool and elementary school. Were looking for a little bit more room and better neighborhood for our daughter to grow up and go to school. I'd love to meet up with you sometime although I know I'm not in near the shape that you're in so we might have to skip the road ride...plus I'm scared of cars . PM me sometime and let's meet up.
    Well shoot, I'm in Cortina too!! How about that. I don't care much for cars either, but riding to San Tan via Hawes isn't bad at all, nice shoulder most of the way and there isn't much traffic to contend with.
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    Re: Riding San Tan Park

    Well heck if ya guys do some riding let me know I'd be up for it. I'd drive to cortina and jump on the bike and go with ya guys. I need to find some trails around forest lakes also up on the rim by willow springs and woods canyon lake. We spend most summer weekends in forest lakes at our trailer.

    Glad too see a good amount of people ride out there.

    Wonder if we could get the park service to let us do some night rides!

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    I don't think night rides would be an issue since they're open until 10pm on Fri and Sat. I was actually thinking a regular night ride might be fun and was going to see if any interest.

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    I'm down for a night ride, I've done a few out there. I'm available Fridays & Saturdays typically, just not this weekend.
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    Re: Riding San Tan Park

    I did not realize the Friday and Saturday hours. Thanks for the info.

    I'd be up for a night ride. I need to get my lights out and make sure they are working as it has been a bit since ive used them.

    Wonder if we could drum up some interest. .....

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    Sounds good. I'll send out an invitation one of these days to see if anyone else would be interested. Need to find replacement batteries for my magicshines first though. I'm an idiot and never got my free replacements and I believe GeoMan flew the coop so I'm probably SOL. If anyone knows a good replacement let me know.

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    John, if you guys do a night ride, count me in! I'm too close to pass that up.

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    Re: Riding San Tan Park

    Well now we are getting some guys together.

    Looks like we might have us a convoy!



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    The only thing I miss about living out in the QC is riding at SanTan Park, and that was 4 years ago when it really wasn't as well developed as it is today. I may have to head out there for a sentimental ride sometime.
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    I ride out there every once in a while. Its fun and I like it cause its so close to where i live.
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    i was riding out there 2 to 3 times a week before the summer heat killed my drive. looking to start it up again and work off these summer pounds. i will PM you with my info.

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    Pretty late, but I'm going to head out there tomorrow morning. I'm just getting back in into mountain biking this year and I'm not exactly fast, but if anybody wants a partner to ride with PM me your info. I should be there about 6-6:15am.
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    My son and I ride out there pretty regularly. Heading to Casa Grande in the AM though....

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    Would love to meet up for a group ride.

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    Riding Sunday 0600 if anyone wants to join. I'll be at dynamite TH. grey Tacoma and green vassago SS. Casual pace with lots of breaks. Post up if you'd like to join.

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    We'll be there around 7 with a friend from work. He's a newbie so our pace will be leisurely. We park at the main trailhead.

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    Rode San Tan today for the first time. Did Goldmine to San Tan to Dyno up an over then back on Dyno to San Tan south for the loop and back to the trailhead. I found it a great place to SS. A few sandy washes to loose climbs but overall I got a great workout. Really enjoyed Dynamite both ways. Not crowded but I did see a few equestrians and hikers and only four other cyclists. I'll be back!

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    I also ride in SanTan at least once a week (ususally Friday), and sometimes Wednesday and Friday. Fridays it all depends if I dont get injure in soccer game on Thursday. I start at Dynamite TrailHead and do this loop. DN-SA-ML-SG-SA-HG-SA-DN back to the trail head. 11.2 miles last ride I did SG-SA-GM-DN after coming back from HG and Total 14 miles.. I ride slow pace (my only pace, jajaja), My start time is usually 8:00 to 8:30, I also would like to ride in a group and meet new people..
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    I finally got to check out the new San Tan re-route. I loved it. I think it's a great improvement from the sandy mess it used to be. That area has a lot of potential. If only they could ban horses

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    I rode the new re-route of SA trail, I like it!, Still I have to HAB before you reach to the top to come back down, But it was fun... Still some loose dirt in that hill that makes it difficult for me.. Coming back in the new section it wasnt bad they avoid it the sand, but I have a feeling they could some done something more like SG, but that is my personal opinion.. I think I found my 14mi loop.
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    You must be my guide when I ride there. Tan Jabber- and afternoons will work!
    Quote Originally Posted by dsittman View Post
    Santan is a great place to get some flow. I live in QC close to Gateway Airport and ride my single speed out there quite a bit. I would recommend starting at the Dynamite trailhead and head out. You can take DM over to the loop mentioned above which is pretty similar to what I typically ride. I take DN south then counterclockwise loop-SA-HG-SG-ML-SA-LL-SA and then back out DN which I think is pretty close to @ 10 miles. The ride back out on DN is the icing on the cake as it's like a mile or so of all downhill goodness. No chunky stuff out there which is why I prefer the SS. Look for a green Vassago and that will be me
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    Since I now live in STV, I sometimes just hop on over to ride there as well (when I'm not feeling like heading to SoMo or Hawes). How are the night rides at San Tan?
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    For the San Tan trail re-route. Rode it for the first time today and enjoyed it. Could use a good winter rain or two to help pack down the loose sections.

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    Been riding out there for about the last month since I got a new bike. Lots of fun riding...a few areas with some sand but nothing too bad as far as I'm concerned. Just did a nice 11.5 mi loop this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstem View Post
    You must be my guide when I ride there. Tan Jabber- and afternoons will work!
    No more jabber...only a geared full suss. Needed some $$$. Might get an old 26 hardtail back up and running again. I'd be happy to show you around tho.

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    Quick question. Is the Dynamite TH the same as "Goldmine TH"? Also, is there an entry fee? I live in Gilbert and am looking for a change from my normal So Mo and Hawes routes. Thx!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoonman View Post
    Quick question. Is the Dynamite TH the same as "Goldmine TH"? Also, is there an entry fee? I live in Gilbert and am looking for a change from my normal So Mo and Hawes routes. Thx!
    Yes and yes. If you park just outside of the parking lot fence, you can just ride your bike in and pay $2 instead of paying $6 for the privilege of parking in the dirt parking lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECEGatorTuro View Post
    Yes and yes. If you park just outside of the parking lot fence, you can just ride your bike in and pay $2 instead of paying $6 for the privilege of parking in the dirt parking lot.
    Not quite, best to park a little ways away. I've seen vehicles parked at the dead end before the 'official' parking lot get ticketed. There's plenty of nearby spots to park & ride in.
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    If you leave you car/truck outside, just leave your receipt in the dashboard. if happens that you forget- Just go to the main entrance and show your proof and they will remove your ticket!!
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    Did somebody have rode the trail that runs parallel to dynamite going up starting at the Goldmine TH? Looks in good shape(from a distance) and has a good elevation, Just wondering if you can get to it somehow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gera72 View Post
    Did somebody have rode the trail that runs parallel to dynamite going up starting at the Goldmine TH? Looks in good shape(from a distance) and has a good elevation, Just wondering if you can get to it somehow!
    According the signage that are located at the access points to the sections of trail that you're talking about, the park seem to want people off of that section. I rode some of it about three years ago before they really made any attempt to designate where you should be at in that wash. It's techy but pretty cool, but again, it's OB.
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    [QUOTE=scoottay;10888494]According the signage that are located at the access points to the sections of trail that you're talking about, the park seem to want people off of that section. I rode some of it about three years ago before they really made any attempt to designate where you should be at in that wash. It's techy but pretty cool, but again, it's OB.]

    Yes, I saw the Ranger about a week ago or so and she said the same thing, However she did say that they are looking into see how many people (MTB'ers) are coming into the park and see if they can add more trails off dynamite, Hopefully!! They also said that there is Biking Club that setup meets quite often. anyway!! It will be nice to see this park grow bigger in trails of all levels. (very close to home)
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