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Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
Yoder
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,921 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles
1,921 ft AEG
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We had heard the wildflowers going good in White Tanks right now so we decided to go check it out. We got a nice early start as usual to avoid crowds, and because we like early hikes anyway.

We did this hike back in 2017 one week earlier, and the Brittle bush were in full bloom. This made for a great sight of the mountains when coming out of the Ford Canyon hike, whole mountainsides turned yellow. It appears this year we were a bit early, probably got another month before they bloom. there were other wild flowers, but not as many as I had hoped. It appears the West side of the valley has not received nearly as much as the east side; Superstitions are completely green, not so much with White tanks. There was a small trickle in the Ford Canyon drainage in some areas, but for the most part the drainage is dry.

Still a nice hike, and we did this in a clockwise motion going from the Mesquite trail to the Ford trail; I think that was a good move since I expected more crowds later in the day in the Mesquite trail. Given that it was a weekend, we actually didn't run into too many folks till the end of the hike.

It's peak hiking season, and I'm getting behind on the photos, I'll have to post this set later.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Poppies are popping. To early for the brittle bush.
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