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Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2018
KBKB
Hiking12.30 Miles 2,018 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   6 Hrs   4 Mns   2.59 mph
2,018 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Heather, Marilyn, Marilyn, Nick, Ben, Bob, and Mike joined me for a hike of the Mesquite Canyon / Ford Canyon Loop at White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

We started midway along the Waddell Trail and then turned to go mostly east on the Mesquite Canyon Trail. When we got to the intersection with Goat Camp and Ford Canyon, I hiked a bit of Goat Camp by myself while the others ate lunch. When I returned, we continued on Ford Canyon and then returned on Waddell.

Route finding seemed easier than it had in the past, but I've done this route a number of times now. When we first did it, we missed the fact that the trail went to the right as we were making our way down Ford Canyon. Also, if you do it in the other direction, it's easy to miss the left turn out of Ford Canyon, so watch out for that too.

We saw a number of pools of mostly stagnant water in Ford Canyon. There were poppies and goldeneye along the way.

We encountered a number of other trail users, though not as many as I expected. They were mostly hikers, but we also saw two trail runners and one mountain biker.

This is perhaps my favorite loop hike in the Maricopa County Parks.
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