Queen Creek, AZ: Valley of the Sun Chapter, 2.5 or 4.5 Mile Hike

Feb 24, 2024 7:30AM


Directions: San Tan Mountain Regional Park (6533 W Phillips Rd, Queen Creek). Pay attention to possible closures on I-10 that will impact the best route. Enter the address (6533 W Phillips Rd, Queen Creek) in your GPS. Meet at the SE Corner of the Visitor Center.

Cost $7 fee or Maricopa County Parks Pass is required to enter.

Event Contact Tom Draggoo 541-954-3628 | Email


There are two distances to choose from depending on your interest and health on the day of the hike. The Camino is the subject of most conversation on our hikes but the shorter distance (Intro to Camino Stroll) is specifically geared to answer questions for the Camino curious at an easier pace.

This is our first hike in the area and we are looking forward to meeting SE Valley pilgrims, anyone wanting to explore this area of the Valley and anyone interested in the Camino. The trails within the San Tan Mountain Regional Park offer a unique perspective of the lower Sonoran Desert with wonderful wildlife, plant-life and scenic mountain views. Much of the route is wide and relatively smooth and suitable for great conversations about the Camino.

Both distances will begin on the scenic and rather mild Moonlight Trail near the Visitor Center and follow it along the base of a mountain. This trail located in the central valley of the park connects with the San Tan Trail at the west end. **This is the turn around point for anyone registered for the Intro to the Camino stroll.** We will then follow the San Tan Trail until it connects to Hedgehog where we will turn to go up and over the saddle before reconnecting with the San Tan Trail. The Hedgehog Trail is the only moderate section of the walk.