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White Tank Radio Smt via Verrado/Tower Rd, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,443 feet
Elevation Gain 2,541 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,400 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4-6 hours
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4  2018-05-05 mt98dew
Author mt98dew
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Trips 1,768 map ( 10,389 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix,Az
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Overview
Park at the Verrado Trail Head parking lot. Hike up to the old Caterpillar proving ground via N Tower Rd. Keep going on N Tower Rd until it winds up to the radio towers.


Hike
The trail/"road" is broad and straight, so it was more precautionary than anything. The trail heads north for the first 1.25 miles. Relatively flat, with some gradual twists and turns. At about 1.25 miles, the trail turns NW and starts a very steady straight climb for the next 1.5 miles. The incline is remarkably consistent (and boring, to be honest). There is no wondering "what's around the bend, or what is over the rise" because you can see everything in front of you.

I was briefly excited when I reached the "climb" because it broke up the monotony. That lasted all of a minute. I had jogged up to this point but quickly realized I was jogging no further. The climb didn't look that bad with the naked eye, but my legs/lungs said otherwise. Imagine Shaw Butte (north side) trail conditions mixed with the pitch of Thompson Peak, and you get an idea of what the next half mile resembled.

The view from the top of this climb was pretty rewarding, though limited to the northwest valley. It was kind of neat seeing some of the "inner valleys" of the White Tanks. I still had a little over 3 miles to go to reach the radio towers. I had forgotten that the road didn't go directly to the towers but passes them on the west side. So I did a semi-circle in my approach to the summit. Even though this added mileage to the hike, I'm sure it made the overall climb more gradual. I was still wiped from the climb, so I stayed in hiking mode for most of this segment. This worked out well because it allowed catching sight of the javelina that crossed the road in front of me, as well as a good-sized owl a little later on. Sightings like that make even boring trails worthwhile. :)

I reached the summit and signed in on the register. Surprise to see that there has been little activity this year. Only four parties have signed the register this year, the last being in March. The canister holding the register has moved since my last visit - they've added fencing around some of the towers - but the can containing the register is still easy to find.

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2018-05-18 mt98dew
    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.

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    Take I-10 west to Verrado Lane. Go north on Verrado Lane to West Lost Creek Drive. Turn West and go to end and there is a parking lot.
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