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Malpais Loop Day Hike
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
January 1, 2022
by Randall Greeley

Hike results: 8.8 miles.

Happy New Year! What a great day for a hike and way to start out the new year. The sun is out after a big storm and lots of rain during the night before. We met at San Tan Mountain Regional Park at 8:15 AM.

San Tan Mountain Regional Park
first row: Randall and Rod
second row:  Terry, Terry, Angel, Jeff, Greg

We set off to the south on San Tan Loop Trail for about a mile and then turn right onto the Hedgehog Trail for another mile.

Aren’t we a motley crew!

We come to another junction and continue on the San Tan Loop Trail again for another ¾ of a mile before we come to our next junction with the Malpais Loop Trail.

Rod makes good time on the Malpais Loop Trail.

The Malpais Trail follows along a wash at the foot of the escarpment Malpais Hills. The wash is sandy but dry and it’s a beautiful cool day.

Over hill, over dale, we will hit the dusty trail.
What’s the latest, Rod and Jeff?
Let’s take a break.

The trail climbs gently out of the wash and turns north. On the back half of this loop, we stop for a snack break and to rest the legs as we enjoy the desert beauty. Not too many people on this back loop trail of the park.

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After completing the loop we connect onto San Tan Loop Trail for a quarter-mile before turning left and heading northeast along the Hedgehog Trail and again the San Tan Loop trail back to the trailhead.

We had a smooth day and a strong hiking group, as we moved across these many miles in good time.

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updated January 4, 2022