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Mesquite Willow Loop - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2014
winotron
Hiking8.45 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking8.45 Miles   4 Hrs      2.30 mph
1,550 ft AEG      20 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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My first trip to the White Tanks. My girlfriend and I did the Mesquite Willow Loop. Started around 11am and there were quite a few people at the trailhead. The drive in to the trailhead was nice. Kind of funny to see hot dog and kettle corn vendors in the park. The weather was just perfect today. Really windy. The warm sun and cool wind felt awesome.

The Mesquite Canyon trail is a nice steady climb. Not too rocky, and the grade is pretty mild. We turned left at the Mesquite/Willow junction to do the loop CW. All the mesquites in the wash around the junction were pretty cool. Some more mild climbing continuing on Mesquite. Good views down into the canyon. Just before we got to Ford Canyon there was an MCSO helicopter right above us... must have been looking for something/someone? Going down Ford Canyon was slightly rocky and the trail kind of disappeared when we got down to the wash. No real issue finding the trail on the other side though.

We made sure to check out the spring when we got on Willow Canyon. Glad we did, because it was an awesome little spot. There was more water than I expected. Definitely more than a puddle. Always love seeing water in the desert. We hung out there for a few minutes and continued back. The hike back was mostly downhill and pretty uneventful, but a nice stroll.

We saw maybe 25 people or so today, most of them in the first couple miles. Didn't see any wildlife unfortunately. There were nice views in all directions at different points in the hike. I'm not used to seeing the valley from the west side like this, so it was fun trying to identify all the other mountain ranges. Great hike!
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