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Mar 18 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2002
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Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles      59 Mns   3.25 mph
800 ft AEG
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Mar 14 2002
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 Guides 9
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2002
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Hiking1.80 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.54 mph
320 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Mar 13 2002
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 Guides 9
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 Triplogs 117

46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2002
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Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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on to ridgeline, then back
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Mar 12 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2002
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Hiking 660 AEG
Hiking
660 ft AEG
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I'd wanted to do this one for a long time, today I got the chance! This hike rocks! It has everything I'm looking for in a hike.beautiful views.bouldering.scrambling.a few water hazards..it was an excellent hike. We (Buffett and I) followed the canyon bottom on the way 'in'. What was great was the variety.you didn't do one thing for too long.a bit of sandy wash, and then, bang, some boulders that need climbing.a bit of slickrock, and then, here's some water for you! I completely enjoyed this hike.the water was crystal clear, and although it was warm today, the shaded areas were refreshingly cool. We followed the canyon for some time, exact mileage I have no clue, about 2 hours though. On the return, we followed more of a trail. It crossed the canyon bottom, would travel on either side of the canyon, sometimes going rather high on one side or the other. Although I have no clue really, I figured the trail we were following was in place for when there was/is water in the creek, since it carved back and forth on either side and crossed the creek bed a boulder areas. Again, just guessing here. This is a great hike! Can't wait to return.

As for the approach, having read other's comments, I opted to park at the top of the last hill.
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Mar 11 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2002
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Hiking5.00 Miles 660 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.14 mph
660 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Mar 11 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2002
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Hiking1.00 Miles 412 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      33 Mns   1.82 mph
412 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Mar 04 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2002
ck_1
Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour      3.20 mph
800 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Feb 25 2002
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 Guides 9
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 Triplogs 117

46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2002
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Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.74 mph
800 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Feb 19 2002
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 Guides 9
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2002
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Hiking 1,957 AEG
Hiking
1,957 ft AEG
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Windy! To describe this hike in a word, WINDY! I was really surprised by the velocity of the wind on this hike. Pat and I headed out of Mesa at about 8:30 Sunday morning (2/17/02). We opted to take the eastern approach, and arrived at the trailhead at about 10:30. Along the route, we encountered a pack/herd/grouping of javelina! This was a first for us.we didn't even see them at their exhibit at the Sonoran Desert Museum. The photos just don't due it justice.that is one ugly animal.
The trailhead had a few more people than I expected, as we didn't see anyone along El Oso road. The trail is easy to follow and allows for both spectacular views as well as interesting rock formations and trees. Sections were a bit eerie as the burnt or fallen trees were everywhere. About ¼ mile from the saddle, the trail was covered with ice. As I moved here from Illinois to get away from the ice, I didn't like this part. However, the icy section was only about 100 yards long. After reaching the saddle, we debated about continuing, as the wind was horrendous. At this point, we believed we were the only ones on the trail. We passed no one hiking up, and there did not appear to be anyone on the scramble to the summit. We opted, as usual, to see how far we could go. After climbing about 500 of the remaining 700 or so feet to the summit, Pat called it quits and sent me on alone. I made it about another 20 feet before I was literally knocked to the ground by the wind. It was at this point that I bailed. I wasn't interested in continuing through the wind. We headed back down. We passed about 6 people on their way up, and watched from the saddle as they made it to about the same point we did, and then they too turned around. What took us 2 hours to ascend only took us about an hour to descend, and we were back in the truck and on our way to Tonto Monument.We decided we would return to attempt the summit again this summer, on a less windy day.
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Feb 18 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2002
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Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour      3.20 mph
800 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Feb 17 2002
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 Guides 9
 Photos 120
 Triplogs 117

46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2002
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,957 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
1,957 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Feb 13 2002
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 Guides 9
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 Triplogs 117

46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2002
ck_1
Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   2.63 mph
800 ft AEG
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Feb 11 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2002
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Hiking 1,170 AEG
Hiking
1,170 ft AEG
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On February 3rd, my wife and I hiked a 9.9-mile loop on the Ford Canyon Trail. It was a perfect day for hiking, as it was a bit chilly, but once the blood started flowing, the body temperature increased! I thought this hike compared to Goat Camp trail well. Two great hikes in the White Tanks.

We started out at the Ford Canyon trailhead and planned to hike counterclockwise. The initial .1-mile was cool, as we descended into an awesome wash. I was struck by the steep angle of the walls of the wash. Coming out of the wash, we headed left, as right would take us to the horse staging area, which we were not interested in exploring. The trail was easy to follow as it curved through the desert. Once we entered Ford Canyon, the trail became more fun, with rock outcroppings and boulders and wonderful views into the canyon itself. We tried to look for pictographs, but found none, although we didn't try too hard. The trail turns to follow the creek bed itself. This part was cool because again, a chance in topography. Following the creek allowed for walking along the 'slick rock' formed from when water was present in the creek. Cairns make route finding easy, although it is not tough to just stay in the creek bed. Soon we came to the dam, which was much more intact than I thought it would be. Made me wonder why it was made? Why dam it right here? I don't know enough about hydraulics to answer that question. Continuing along, this is where the trail gets monotonous. Hiking in constant sand isn't much fun to me; so I was relieved when the trail left the creek bed and began a series of switchbacks.


Willow Springs trail was way cool, as the remains of a camp are present, along with a paddock and water tank.would like to have explored the short canyon, but not enough time. Willow Springs heads up the ridge, and then down to Goat Camp, which returned us to the car, via Waddle Trail. All told, lots of terrain changes, wonderful views. As for mileage, here are my calculations:

Trailhead to junction with Ironwood trail 0.4

Ironwood junction to 2nd junction 0.2

Ford Canyon to Willow Springs 5.1

Willow Springs to Goat Camp Trail 1.7

Goat Camp to Waddle Trail 1.8

Waddle Trail back to car 0.7

Total 9.9 miles
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Feb 10 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2002
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Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour      3.20 mph
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Feb 09 2002
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 Guides 9
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Cathedral Rock Trail #170 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2002
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Hiking1.40 Miles 608 AEG
Hiking1.40 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.20 mph
608 ft AEG
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in the dark
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Feb 04 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2002
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Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour      3.20 mph
800 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Jan 28 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Goat Camp / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2002
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Hiking 1,662 AEG
Hiking
1,662 ft AEG
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My wife and I hiked Goat Camp Trail on Sunday over the three-day weekend. Driving to White Tanks from the far northeast valley was quite a haul. Added to the drive was the closure of the 60 at Dobson; by the time we got to White Tanks, we were dying to get out of the truck. After some initial confusion over where exactly the trailhead was located, we were able to park and set off.
The trail itself was totally easy to follow. I had some concerns about this point, as discussion on HAZ had revealed that certain trails had be altered and renamed. We had no difficulty throughout the hike. The first mile or so we encountered a steady stream of hikers, all heading opposite our direction. There was a solitary hiker ahead of us, and a couple behind. While the other hikers headed up the Willow Canyon trail, we stayed on Goat Camp and headed up Mesquite Canyon. This mile and a half of trail was unlike the other county park trails I've been on (Usery/Pass Mtn, South Mtn, etc). Rather than follow the contour of the canyon and increase altitude thru switchbacks, this section of trail headed straight up and over the ridges. During the mile and a half, there were two significant ups! Halfway up the second climb, we looked back and were at the same altitude as the top of the first climb. I love it when that happens. The trail turned south with Slick Rock Canyon to the west (right). Descending the ridge to the wash, the trail was eroded but marked by cairns. The section of trail heading up the other side, toward the radio towers, was the most "unmaintained" of the trail. Still easy to follow, it was just more overgrown than the other sections. The descent down Goat Canyon provided wonderful views and a fun trail. Again, we encountered other hikers, our first since Willow Canyon. Once out of the canyon, the mile or so of curving trail became a bit irritating as we worked our way back to the road. We hit the trailhead and checked our watches, 4 hours since we started. The walk along the park road back to our truck was another hour plus. We covered the distance quickly, but were tired by the time we returned to the truck.
We both enjoyed the hike immensely. It provided a remoteness we did not expect. I could do without the road walking, but next time maybe we will leave our bikes at the terminus and ride back to the truck.
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Jan 28 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2002
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Hiking3.60 Miles 1,102 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
1,102 ft AEG
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I've already posted a comment on the trail, thought I would add an additional update. On Martin Luther King Day, my wife and I took another couple to do this hike. Aside from the usual group of motocross and quad riders, I was surprised to see vehicles at the trailhead. The trail has been maintained since my last time hiking to Massacre Grounds. The trail has been cleaned, with brush being cut back. Also, and this is especially evident once you ascend from the wash unto the ridge, someone has flagged the trail with small ribbon. As I have always found the cairns along this trail less than helpful, this was an addition that I did not mind. I've done this hike a number of times, and each time I would discover cairns where I didn't think there should be cairns. I began to feel as though people were inadvertently creating new trails by making cairns where they though the trail was. The ribbons helped a great deal to this end. Upon our return, we passed no less that 10 people out enjoying the hike. That is the most I've ever seen on this stretch of land. Even with the ribbon, people were way off trail. I have always thought this trail was a bit elusive, glad I'm not alone.
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Jan 21 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Massacre Grounds, AZ 
Massacre Grounds, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2002
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Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   1.38 mph
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Jan 20 2002
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46 male
 Joined Feb 04 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Goat Camp / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2002
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Hiking10.40 Miles 1,662 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.15 mph
1,662 ft AEG
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Goat Camp to Mesquite to Goat Camp to road and then along road back to Goat Camp TH
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