Looking for a good walk in the White Tanks? Sick of the crowds that the Waterfall Trail brings? Don't feel like heading miles into the mountains? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to give Mule Deer a shot.
What separates this trail from the other low-lying trails in the park, is that it doesn't parallel a road, and that's one noise avoided. While the trail does cross the park's main road at one point, the majority of it is away from the hustle and bustle of waterfall traffic.
Beginning at the north end of the trail, you'll do a bit of an unnecessary b-line and then pass a spur trail heading to Area 4's group picnic area. This is where much of the climbing is done. It's a measly and gradual 96ft that heads around a small hill. Soon after, you'll meet up with the Bajada Trail.
Should you choose to continue along Mule Deer, you'll pass along some horse stables on your left (east). The rest of the trail is a mild meander at the foot of the White Tank Mountains. After crossing the main road, you'll wrap around and meet up with the South Trail. Return the 3.3 miles you came, or begin the rest of your loop, whatever that may be - there are plenty of options.
Just before crossing the main road, there is a spur trail heading to the Nature Center (it's well signed - you can't miss it). This might be a worthwhile side-trip if you have kids, or just want to pay a visit and see some interesting stuff. - Mar 17 2011 Patrick LOne-Way Notice:
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