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Goat Camp - Willow / Mesquite Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance Loop 14.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,496 feet
Elevation Gain 1,745 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,600 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 23.16
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White Tank's Loop
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Goat Camp / Mesquite Loop
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Sun  6:17am - 6:28pm
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    Goat Camp - Willow / Mesquite Loop
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    The air was cool from Friday nights rain and it was a windy morning. Had a activity at ramada 4 at 9 am so it gave me the opportunity to do this loop that I enjoy. Left the Goat Camp trail head at 6:30. Pushed it hard up Goat Camp and made my best time ever to mile 3 then took my time with slow run for the rest of the time. Enjoyed the slow run. Love running those top trails. Stopped and talked to some runner from Suprise as I was going down Willow.
    Goat Camp - Willow / Mesquite Loop
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    Well it was a nice cool morning so I decided on getting a early start. I hit the trail around 11:30am and I was the only car at the trailhead. Just one of the advantages of a early start.
    The last time I tried this hike I got extremely sick and had to turn back. I knew then I would have to come back and finish this hike and today was the day :y: .
    The hike started out pretty slow as there really wasn't much to see. The best part of the hike was going down Willow Canyon which I almost didn't do. You know one of those last second changes I saw a sign that said one mile so why not as I knew it would connect with Mesquite further down. I not sure what we came upon but it might have been a old homestead. It really was in a great spot with a waterfall when it rains and some really nice shaded areas around it :app: .
    As we got closer to where Mesquite connects to the road we did get to see four deer and they didn't seem to mind us being there. It was a really nice hike and I had to make so changes at the end as I really did not like the way the Haz Map had the hike finish.
    Goat Camp - Willow / Mesquite Loop
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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....

    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 Goat Camp Trailhead
    101 Loop to Park Take the I-10 west out of Phoenix to the 101 Loop Freeway. Go north on the 101 to Olive Blvd. Take a left and head west 13.5 miles to the White Tanks park entrance.

    I-10 to Park To get to the White Tanks Park from downtown (PHX) is to stay on I-10 to Cotton Lane. Then go North 7 miles to Olive Ave, there is a stop sign and a Fertazone plant on the NW corner. Take a left (west) to the park. By going this you miss the new stop lights and the added stop signs on Olive.

    After paying the fee at the entrance station on Olive Ave., continue west and take the first left, which is Black Canyon Drive, then park at the second parking lot on the left, which is Area 2. This is the location of the Goat Camp Trail trailhead. If the lot is full, go back to the first parking lot, which is Area 1. This is the location of the South Trail trailhead. The South Trail connects to the Goat Camp Trail.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 36.8 mi - about 50 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 144 mi - about 2 hours 20 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 153 mi - about 2 hours 29 mins
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