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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
 Interest Peak
 Backpack No
 Dogs not allowed
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Routes 62
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Trips 524 map ( 2,898 miles )
Age 31 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:19am - 7:39pm
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Not as Breathtaking, Literally
by PatrickL

Barry Goldwater Peak (4083), named after the Arizona-born US Senator, is the White Tank Mountain Range's high point. 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 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 reasonably 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 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 0.1 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 accor0dingly.

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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.

     Permit $$
    Maricopa Regional Parks - 2021 [ fees ]

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

    $2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

    2021 [ hours ] - varies by park & season

    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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