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 Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon, AZ
Description 17 Triplogs 0 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Phoenix NW
Difficulty 3.5    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 13 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,544 feet
Elevation Gain 2,539 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,850 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6-7 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 27.25
Interest Peak
Author Patrick L
Descriptions 7
Routes 55
Photos 1,370
Trips 288 map ( 1,478 miles )
Age 23
Location Buckeye, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
10  2014-11-17 stacelms
8  2013-09-29 trekkin gecko
12  2012-10-13
White Tank's Loop
The Eagle
5  2012-03-19 Patrick L
3  2012-03-06
Mesquite Barry Ford Loop
10  2011-12-19 Patrick L
8  2011-01-18 asu9165
9  2010-07-23 Patrick L
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Backpack - No
Seasons - Early Autumn to Late Spring
Dogs not allowed
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.0  Mesquite Canyon - Ford Canyon Loop
0.0  Mesquite Willow Loop - White Tanks
0.0  Waddell Trail
0.3  White Tanks / Fall factor Wall
0.3  Waterfall Trail - White Tanks
0.6  Ironwood Trail - White Tanks
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     Strawberry Hedgehog

Not as Breathtaking, Literally
by Patrick L

Barry Goldwater Peak (4083), named after the Arizona born US Senator, is the high point of the White Tank Mountain Range. Most views attribute that title to the popular Radio Summit which is just 65ft shy of BG Peak. The summit isn't visited by hikers all that often. It offers views of some western peaks that Phoenix locals probably don't get to see that often.

Hike: This is an easier, less rugged approach to Barry Goldwater Peak, starting out at the Area #7 trailhead. The majority of the rocky terrain is seen in the first 1.7 mile section, and isn't all that bad. From here, the trail forks and you'll want to head left. The rest of the MQ trail is a gradual climb on fairly level terrain. After mile marker 4, you'll begin to wind up and around an unnamed peak (3032). At the next junction, hop onto the Goat Camp Trail.

About a mile down this trail, you will find a cairn on your left (east of GC trail). This marks the Jeep trail (heading west) that will lead you to the service road. It's about 1.4 miles to the summit from here. The Jeep trail has plenty of cairns to aid you should you lose your way. When the trail thins out, make your way to the service road, and head right. Simply follow the road to the top. There's a three way junction just beneath the peak - go right. At the top, you'll find a red jar containing the summit registry, placed in 1988.

For an extra 1.8 miles, start out at the true Mesquite Canyon TH on Wildlife Way. I recommend taking the Ford Canyon/Willow Canyon trails on your way back down. According to the new park maps, it's .1 miles shorter than the 2.4 mile section of the Mesquite Trail, so there's no excuse not to. Make sure to edit your triplog information accordingly.


    Directions Preferred Months Dec Jan Feb Mar
    Water / Source:None on trail. Faucet at trailhead
    Preferred Start7 AM Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise6:23am Sunset6:48pm
    Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
    Fees / Permit
    Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

    $6 per vehicle or $85 annual

    $2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

    Note HAZ members have been hassled and ticketed for entering Maricopa county parks in the following ways:

    • parking at the White Tanks Library despite no signage stating no parking for hikers

    • neighborhood trailhead access by non residents

    To Area 7 Trailhead
    From the 303 & Olive go west on Olive 4.5 miles to the park entrance. Olive turns into White Tank Mountain Rd. Continue 2.1 miles, turn right and it's 250 feet to to the Mesquite/Ford Trailhead

    You get a map when you pay your entrance fee so that should help you figure it out if you have any concerns.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 39.2 mi, 58 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 146 mi, 2 hours 38 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 153 mi, 2 hours 40 mins
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