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Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NW
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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
Interest Peak
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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4  2017-12-23 The_N
11  2016-12-18 lindaagm
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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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  7:33am - 5:49pm
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4 Alternative
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Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon Loop
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1,921 ft
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Mesquite Willow Loop - White Tanks
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1,550 ft
Waddell Trail
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Waterfall Trail - White Tanks
Waterfall Trail - White Tanks
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Ironwood Trail - White Tanks
0.6 mi away
Ford Canyon Trail - White Tanks
Ford Canyon Trail - White Tanks
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1,410 ft
Mesquite Trail - White Tanks
Mesquite Trail - White Tanks
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1,394 ft
Wild Life Trail - White Tanks
Wild Life Trail - White Tanks
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Black Rock Long Loop
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Black Rock Short Loop
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by PatrickL

Likely In-Season!
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.

    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.

    Permit $$
    Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

    $7 per vehicle or $85 annual

    $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
    page created by PatrickL on Jul 26 2010 5:34 pm
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