White Tanks Radio Summit via Goat Camp, AZ | HikeArizona

White Tanks Radio Summit via Goat Camp, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 7.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,537 feet
Elevation Gain 2,389 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,400 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
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Age 78 Male Gender
Location Litchfield Park, AZ
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by TerrySwicegood

The White Tank Range, located 35 miles west of downtown Phoenix, is part of the Maricopa County Park system. A series of well-maintained trails crisscross the park. The hike to the summit of the White Tank Range utilizes the Goat Camp Trail.
At the Goat Camp Trail Head (elevation 1537') the trail climbs steadily for 2.96 miles. At 2.96 miles (3141') the trail comes to a saddle with a faint trail heading left (west-ward). The Goat Camp Trail continues straight toward Mesquite Canyon. Take the left turn here and hike another 0.83 miles (800' elevation gain) to the microwave towers on the summit. Note: As you approach the saddle where the summit trail turns right, there is a giant fallen saguaro cactus on your right. The GPS registered the elevation at the summit as 3926 feet.

Another good visual landmark for the intersection of the summit trail is your clear view of the summit microwave and radio towers off to your left as you climb toward the saddle. You will see the distinct ridge which you must climb to reach the summit.

My time climbing up was two hours and fifteen minutes at a slow, but steady pace. The round-trip is about four hours.

The views from the summit are magnificent and include the Superstitions to the east, the Bradshaws to the north, the Estrellas to the south and east, and the Kofas to the west. In mid-May, 2005 when I did the hike I was greeted by a bevy of lady-bugs on the summit.

I have done this hike every season of the year. It can even be done in the summer if you start around 6 a.m. The temperatures on May 20 were 78 degrees at 7 a.m. and 97 degrees when I returned to the car at 11 a.m.

This hike is fairly strenuous, but more rewarding to me than other hikes in the valley because one is always greeted by the solitude of the Sonoran Desert and one rarely sees other hikers.

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2005-05-25 TerrySwicegood
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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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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 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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