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Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
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
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4  2017-12-23 The_N
11  2016-12-18 LindaAnn
5  2016-03-30
Mesquite-Ford Canyon Loop w Goldwater Peak
15  2015-12-12
Ford Mesquite Loop with Barry
32  2015-12-12
Ford Mesquite Loop with Barry
10  2014-11-17 stacelms
8  2013-09-29 trekkin_gecko
12  2012-10-13
White Tank's Loop
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Author PatrickL
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Trips 395 map ( 1,867 miles )
Age 28 Male Gender
Location Buckeye, AZ
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by PatrickL

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.

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2010-07-26 PatrickL
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent of 15 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
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    This is the most elevation gain I've had in a day since the beginning of 2015. [-(
    The last entry I read in one of the notebooks at the summit was from January.
    Saw 6 deer on the return trip - almost goes without saying at this point.
    Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
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    Ford Mesquite Loop with Barry
    My first trip to the White Tank Mountains Regional Park. I've heard many good things about it but haven't made it out that way until now. This was a very enjoyable loop. Excellent trails, beautiful scenery and a chance to soar with an eagle. Well, Bruce soars, I just try to keep up!

    I got a ping from Bruce earlier in the week. We hadn't hiked together in a few moons, so I jumped at the chance. Bruce needed to be home early for a holiday party so I suggested this loop in the White Tanks, thinking that might get us done soon enough. Bruce suggested adding Barry Goldwater peak, an extra 5 miles and 1200 feet. Barry Goldwater is my oldest memory of presidential elections. At 7 years old, I was already into politics, urging my mother to vote for Barry. She voted for Johnson. We still have those same conversations (arguments?) today, but I digress.

    I agreed to the side trip to BG because I needed the workout. Bruce kicked my :pk: up the hill (he called it "life coaching") whereupon we took a delightful break under a warm sun. The previous few miles had been uphill against a bone chilling wind that was doing its best to beat us back down. The break at the top under sunny skies with a wind break at our backs was simply wonderful.

    We made good time on the way back. The excellent trails in this park allowed us to let gravity pull us down the mountain. Neither of us had spare batteries so we were also racing to get back before the Garmins died. I think we made it just in time. It was a cold and windy day in the White Tanks, for much of the route, anyway, but it was still a fun hike with great company. Good to see you again, Bruce!
    Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
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    Ford Mesquite Loop with Barry
    Took a white Tanks Newbie out for a sampling of the area.

    Brisk Morning turned to cold late morning when we lost the sun and the wind picked up. Ford Canyon is still my favorite up there. I also enjoy the Willow Spring area, especially above the spring.

    We headed out Goat Camp and then the cairned short cut up to Barry Goldwater Peak. We had some lunch up top. It looks like they're getting ready for some kind of construction up there. A large pallet filled with Concrete sits up top.

    A Video tour of Barry Goldwater Peak = :next: ... zlX8

    Not as many out as I expected to see. Great Hiking w/ Ray again.
    Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
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    20 cars at the trailhead at 1pm. I was thinking I should have hiked somewhere else, but that's what happens when you sleep in. I made good time getting to the peak - a little over 2 hours. The beginning of the spur trail is in somewhat poor shape. It was much easier to follow on the way back, but required a little bit of attention on the way up. The cairns came in handy a couple times even though there's generally no "wrong way."

    Took a couple minutes up top to sign the log and scope out the south/southwest ridge for a future trip. The glass jar has been replaced by a plastic one. It's a little more hidden now, too, but the red jar is still next to it. If you find one, you've found them both. Last log in the book was from the 20th of December.

    Passed four cyclists, two of which I presume had set up markers for the upcoming Xterra race. Also passed two dudes with crossbows throughout the day. No wonder I didn't see any deer this time around - they can sense bad juju.
    Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
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    9L invited me on this one and since I haven't done a decent sized hike in a while, I figured this would be perfect. It was nice to get into a new area as well-- this was my first time in the White Tanks. It turned out to be a beautiful day and we hit both peaks.

    Honestly, though, I wasn't impressed with this area. I can't imagine coming back.
    Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
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    I've been thinking about some hikes on the west side and decided to head over there today. I found a track from Gecko and thought it looked fun. Kyle was down so we made plans and headed out. The drive out from the east side took about an hour. It will be quicker after they complete the 303. We paid the entrance fee and were hiking soon after.

    We headed up the Mequite Trail and made our way to Barry Goldwater Peak. From there we connected on the road to the Radio Summit. A sheriff helicopter flew over a couple of times. I was curious if they would come after us but I don't think they saw us. Anyways we hit the Radio Summit and headed down to the Goat Camp Trail. After that it we took Ford Canyon to the Willow Canyon Trail. I know this is a lot of trails! We continued on and reconnected onto Mequite and were back to the jeep soon after.

    The White Tanks are a good drive for me. I'm glad we got a variety of trails. I doubt I ever hike over there again unless I'm in the area for something else. The trails are in good condition and the route to Barry G and down from the Radio Summit were both in good shape as well.
    Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
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    twofold mission today:
    a couple of peaks and a longer hike in preparation for the pinal 4X
    thought about doing patrick's route but thought it might be a little too long for me right now
    my favorite loop is mesquite willow, so i went up to barry goldwater peak via mesquite, then took the service road over to the radio summit
    descended a ridge down to goat camp, took goat camp to the intersection with ford canyon, then ford canyon to willow springs trail
    about three quarters of a mile off trail on each peak, with well worn and in the case of goldwater, well cairned use trails
    around 2.3 miles on the road
    spent a few minutes on each summit, finding the registers but no benchmarks
    the road part was longer than i thought with twists, turns, ups and downs
    underestimated this loop by a couple of miles
    think i would do some variation on patrick's loop next time, cutting across on the road
    had fun making the route work without too much repetition
    nice day, quite a few people out
    had a good time with mission accomplished
    Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
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    White Tank's Loop
    Started on a dark, cool, clear morning in the Valley. The guy at the park entrance said I was his first customer on the day.

    It'd been awhile since I'd been out to the White Tanks, and it sure felt good to not have to drive at least a couple of hours to get out of the heat to hike.

    Ford Canyon is one of my favorites in the park, so I started my big loop there. I enjoy both Willow and Mesquite, so I did some off trail to the top of Willow Spring and then included the upper portions of Willow then Mesquite. Now on Goat Camp on my way to Barry Goldwater Peak, I kept my eyes open for any signs. None. I followed a wash to the road that goes to Barry Goldwater peak. I sat and enjoyed the views while I ate my lunch. I actually got a bit cold up there.

    My least favorite part of this hike was the steep, rough, uneven downhill portion of Goat Camp Trail. I'd forgotten how bad that portion of the track is.

    My goals were simple for the day:
    1) Get to a spot where I could see Willow Spring from above - Check
    2) Get to the top of Barry Goldwater Peak - Check
    3) Hike the part Of the Goat Camp Trail that I hadn't done before - Check
    4) Put together a loop in for some good exercise - Check
    5) See a Goat on Goat Camp Trail - Nope....
    Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
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    I traded Ford Canyon for some extra sleep. I made it to the peak by 3pm after 2.5 hours of climbing. A technician at the top and the summit log confirmed that it was snowing earlier in the day. I thought if anything there would be a patch of ice somewhere, but there wasn't. The technician also said someone had rode a quad to Peak 4018 and was taken off in a DPS chopper. :sweat: This is why we can't have nice things.
    The wind made it extremely chilly at the top. Before I could even have a snack, it was time to bail.
    Flower show was okay, and most of them don't seem very healthy. Mesquite Canyon has a good amount of water in it... Made me really bummed out that I didn't have enough time to hike it all the way down. :(

    Nice to finally be out again after more than a month of downtime.
    Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
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    Mesquite Barry Ford Loop
    met up with Joey Knuckles to make a visit to the White Tanks. I kinda wanted to see some new desert peaks around Phoenix before it got raging hot and this hike looked pretty nice.

    Very nice place to hike with trails mostly made for smooth sailing. Mesquite trail was a charming ascent and intro into the mountains. I thought the spur out to Barry Goldwater was a fun little jaunt, and pretty darn steep at the top. very cool summit with some seriously looong views.

    we came down the Ford Canyon trail which was somewhat nondescript until the wash, where some cool slick rocks areas caught my attention before the large dry fall really stole the show. plus i finally got to see a chuckwalla... :DANCE:

    thanks for meeting up with me Joe, good to catch up a bit and go for an extremely pleasant hike 8)

    Permit $$
    Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

    $7 per vehicle,$85 annual or trade your first born for the life pass

    $2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    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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