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Dec 05 2020
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Barry Goldwater PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking15.65 Miles 3,084 AEG
Hiking15.65 Miles   7 Hrs   11 Mns   2.24 mph
3,084 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Got started from the #7 parking area just before 0700. North on Waddell Trail, which is generally flat and boring. Headed up Ford Canyon, which is really the best part of the entire hike. No water at all in Ford Canyon, which made for easier travel, although I still prefer to see water in this canyon.

Once at the junction with Goat Camp, we took that south to the turn to Barry Goldwater Peak. The route along the ridge is clearly defined, then the road portion to the summit is the steepest part of the hike. Some haze, but nice views in all directions. You really can see a huge part of the state from this summit.

Easy hike back down, taking Goat Camp back north to Willow Canyon. Quick stop at the spring, which sadly was dry. I miss the days when I could swim in the pool at the base of the waterfall. Right now, it’s just sand. After that, we continued down Willow, then Mesquite Canyon, back to the parking lot. Lots of people on the last 2-3 miles, which I expected, but the park was not as full as a typical winter weekend.

Nice day, with good temps. Very little breeze though, and not a single cloud in the sky.
Flora
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dry Willow Spring - White Tanks Dry Dry
Dry. The dirt in the spring was barely damp.
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Dec 05 2020
AugustWest
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 Photos 235
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46 male
 Joined Mar 16 2019
 Gilbert. AZ
Barry Goldwater Peak, AZ 
Barry Goldwater Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2020
AugustWest
Hiking16.17 Miles 3,270 AEG
Hiking16.17 Miles   7 Hrs   14 Mns   2.32 mph
3,270 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Since moving to Arizona the views for me have mostly been from the east with the White Tanks as bookends to the valley to the west. Its easy to miss out and skip this stretch of mountains, but I think this is a mistake. The canyons, creekbeds and peaks hold enough beauty to keep me coming back and exploring more in this direction.

The real start to the day was in Ford Canyon which is a rugged, currently dry waterway that is defined by the uniquely beautiful white granite that could easily be mistaken for Central Texas limestone. The geological formations up and down the canyon really hold some treasures that would be worth checking out after a good rainfall.

The path up Goat Tank Trail was enjoyable, but the rewards were the views to the East. Seeing the McDowell's, Supe's, Mazzie's, Camelback, PHX Mt. Preserve and the valley from the West gave new appreciation for these mountains. At the summit of Barry Goldwater Peak my eyes were really opened.

There are a lot of different mountain chains and standalone pinnacles in Arizona! The views from the summit are eye opening. Placing names for all the geography would be impossible for me, but the realm of possibility to explore was widened today in ways that are hard to describe. We are very lucky to live in this state and the 360 degree perspective from the apex shows off Arizona in its glory.

Willow Spring and the shepherd ruins in that area was the real highlight of the day. The dry waterfall had a Barnhardt feel to it and to see it running in its full glory would be amazing.

These were easy miles on well maintained trails, in fantastic mountains. We didn't see too many people and those we did see were friendly and happy to be out on a day that few are lucky to experience in early December like we get here in Arizona.
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Dec 05 2020
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ 
Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2020
joebartels
Hiking18.20 Miles 2,941 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   8 Hrs   5 Mns   2.50 mph
2,941 ft AEG      48 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Expectations for Mule Deer Trail were ultra-low on the foothill location. Odds of enjoyment bottomed out upon visual realization... 50 acres torched by a wildfire earlier this year on May 21st. Turned out to be a pleasant surprise on a relaxing sunrise stroll with cool views, friendly fellow hikers, one-stalker, and a delightful tread to boot.

The Bajada Trail was considerably nicer than anticipated too. Nice washes, trees, saguaros... then again, it was morning light laced with cool jazz temps, so let's not get carried away. Bruce corrected my rookie Okie fumble pronouncing bajada. I appreciate it in hindsight, flipped my frown, and added a helper to the top of the related guide pages for the next guy.

Heading up Goat Camp Trail is a medium never-let-up grade. Cool massive boulders in an intriguing pocket of Sonoran love is cool being so close to the city. Tread in the upper reaches is y-bar ankle busters, so it's likely deemed horrible by some on the surface. No biggie ascending. Total misnomer, we did not observe any goats camping or any goats period... alas.

Goat Canyon had me at hello, views casting from upper Goat seals my four-of-five ranking for Goat Camp Trail. An abundance of dry grass in the entire range is an unavoidable nail in the Sonoran coffin, so enjoy before forever changed.

Bruce re-suggested Barry Goldwater Peak. With time and resources, it seemed worthy. We settled on halfway, saving the elusive western views for another day. Instead, we admired the 270-degree views from the old purple-dashed jeep trail on topo. That musta been one gnarly pioneer ride.

We set 3032 as the target for a lunch break but mutually settled on a nearby unofficial 2974 sub-highpoint. Back on trail we crossed paths with Betty Boop and company, took a wrong turn, and passed Betty backtracking.

I sincerely enjoyed all of the above. That said, the dryfall in Ford Canyon is the most spectacular impact most will remember.

Despite rare visits for such a nearby option, the White Tanks never disappoint.
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Dec 05 2020
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ 
Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking18.69 Miles 2,921 AEG
Hiking18.69 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.60 mph
2,921 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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When I lived in the West Valley, I used to hit up the White Tanks more often. Glad to get back out there again.

A 7am start and a pleasantly cool, clear morning. We saw four doe near the TH that could care less that we were there.

Mule Deer Trail was a good warm up. Good trail and an easy grade while the sun was rising.

Bajada (buh·haa·duh) Trail was easy peazy and pleasant once Joe's stalker left us.

Goat Camp has never been my favorite. Maybe because it's been warmer in the past when I've done it. A nice climb with good views today. We saw 4 more deer here. There's only one section of ankle busters on the way up. I took Joe up a wash the took us to the road to Goldwater Peak. From here we hit up the ridgeline use trail back down to Goat Camp. Once again, no goats we seen today.

After lunch, a wrong turn and a run in twice with the twins, we headed down on Ford Canyon Trail. This my favorite in the White Tanks, Interesting geology, some easy scrambling and great views. This is also where we saw most of the people on the day.

Good times
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Nov 07 2020
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
White Tanks Easy Loop, AZ 
White Tanks Easy Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Nov 07 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking11.40 Miles 8 AEG
Mtn Biking11.40 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   7.20 mph
8 ft AEG      22 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Late morning ride with my bestest riding buddy SCA. Lots of hikers, bikers, and some horsey's too.
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Oct 25 2020
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
White Tanks Easy Loop, AZ 
White Tanks Easy Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Oct 25 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking11.30 Miles 784 AEG
Mtn Biking11.30 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   8.27 mph
784 ft AEG      2 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Every time I head out to the White Tanks for a mountain bike ride I always end up riding the competitive loop. Today I decided to explore some of the other trails the White Tanks have to offer. I parked at the trailhead for South trail. I followed the following trails in a clockwise direction: South, Goat Camp, Bajada, Mule Deer, Mesquite, Waddell, For Canyon, Ironwood, and returned to my truck all the way back on Mule Deer. I encountered a fair number of hikers and bikers under the overcast skies this morning. Most were super happy to see me. I know I was super happy to see them, even the ones that didn't return the super happiness. South trail and Goat Camp were a little bumpy. The rest were smooth and well groomed. Signs at all the trail intersections. Nice relaxing ride. Almost thought I was going to get rained on.
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Oct 24 2020
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking11.08 Miles 1,844 AEG
Hiking11.08 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   2.38 mph
1,844 ft AEG
 
1st trip
With the weather finally cooling off, I headed out to the White Tanks to finish the last section of trails I hadn't recorded wth a GPS. Got an early 6:30am start at the trailhead and headed up Ford Canyon first.

I was feeling pretty good, more energy and hiked faster than usual lately. I was expecting the bouldering uphill to be a bit of a slog, but it was actually a breeze. Passed several hikers and one biker who were sitting taking breaks. Once the trail got past the bouldering and into the wash, I passed a couple who weren't sure if they were on the trail or not. I told them to follow me and they did. I even managed to keep my speed up enough that they never passed later on.

The clouds were out until my last few miles down Mesquite Canyon. The lower I got on Mesquite, the more hiking and biking traffic there was. I was able to pass almost all the hikers also heading downhill. Just below the junction of Mesquite and Willow Canyon Trails, I spotted a family of deer, both parents and a fawn. Never usually seem them like that it seems. They were in the wash below the trail looking for food and water and not having much luck.

Finished up after 11am and had lunch that I packed at a picnic table with a shade structure.
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Mule Deer
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May 30 2020
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Waddell TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking11.84 Miles 872 AEG
Hiking11.84 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.75 mph
872 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Went back to White Tanks to do the hike I planned last week that got put on hold from the fire. I hiked the lower trails, with the main goal to finish all the Mule Deer Trail since it's part of the MT.

I started down at Parking Area 1 and hike the southernmost portion of the Mule Deer Trail, eventually heading north. I hiked the little spur over towards the Nature Center, since that's also a designated part of the MT. As I hiked over the high point of the Mule Deer Trail, that's where the wildfire was. Mostly just scorched earth, not as much brush as there was before. On the way up the hill, 4 or 5 mountain bikers flew down the hill past me without the slightest thought of yielding the trail. All other hikers and bikers I encountered the rest of the morning were decent human beings.

At the staging area, I headed north on the Ford Canyon Trail, then took a right turn and hiked all of the Ironwood Trail, then headed south on the Waddell Trail. After the Waddell, I took a right turn onto the Mesquite Canyon Trail back to staging area.

Hiked over the hill on the Mule Deer again, and took the Bajada over to Goat Camp. Along the Bajada is where I saw the saguaro with a hole in it that obviously has a bees nest. The air rushing out of the whole made it sound like there was an AC unit inside the cactus. Managed to zoom inside the hole for a decent pic without putting myself at too much risk.

From the Goat Camp Trail, I turned left on the South Trail and back to the car. The temperature wasn't too hot. Got a little warm the last hour or so, but not unbearable. The early morning light cloud cover helped with that. Nice to get some higher mileage on actual trails again, even if the AEG was still a little lacking.
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May 17 2020
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
White Tanks MTB, AZ 
White Tanks MTB, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar May 17 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles 917 AEG
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   6.84 mph
917 ft AEG      31 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Return to White Tanks for an early MTB ride. Gnats were out in full force. Not a lot of folks out enjoying the trails this morning.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Saguaros are blooming!
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May 03 2020
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
White Tanks MTB, AZ 
White Tanks MTB, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar May 03 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles 933 AEG
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   6.96 mph
933 ft AEG      14 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Rode the Competitive Loop + Technical Segment with Carey this morning. Went on and did a second loop on Gray Fox, Waddle, Ford, Mesquite, and Ironwood. Finished up at 8:30, it was getting hot!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Feb 02 2020
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
White Tank MTB Bike, AZ 
White Tank MTB Bike, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Feb 02 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking12.30 Miles 966 AEG
Mtn Biking12.30 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   6.90 mph
966 ft AEG      16 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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First time mountain biking at White Tanks. Started on the competitive track. Even at my novice level, it was mostly rideable. We finished that in short order and started on our next loop Gray Fox - Ironwood - Ford - Waddell - Ford - Ironwood - Gray Fox. Fantastically fun! I think I'll be getting a lot of use out of that Maricopa Parks annual pass this year.
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Jan 22 2020
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Waddell TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 22 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.03 Miles 40 AEG
Run/Jog4.03 Miles      39 Mns   6.20 mph
40 ft AEG
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After work run. One of my favorite loops to run. Short, flat and with just enough twists, turns and rocks (otherwise known as snooze alarms) to not be boring. You would think that with the system that just moved through that the air quality would be good, but it seemed pretty hazy out. Not much to add. Temps were perfect! Saw 5 hikers, 2 bikers and a chipmunk :)
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Nov 19 2019
LJW
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26 male
 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Barry Goldwater PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2019
LJW
Hiking19.75 Miles 3,307 AEG
Hiking19.75 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   3.59 mph
3,307 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Did a counterclockwise Ford Canyon/Goat Camp loop with Barry Goldwater Peak the halfway and high point. Started at 6:30 in the dark on Waddell after parking between areas 8 and 9 near Ford Canyon.

Watched the sun rise on Waddell. Good visibility early, could see as far as Four Peaks, but it didn't last.

Saw four javelina on Ford Canyon around the dam. Just about no water in any of the tanks.

No human tracks in the wash between Goat Camp and the access road, and no tracks on the road for that matter. Didn't read the register, but I doubt many recent visitors. Very hazy toward Phoenix, couldn't really see past Piestewa Peak/Camelback. Darker on the other sides of the peak because of heavy cloud cover.

Saw a truck coming down from the Radio Summit, and it parked on the saddle below and watched me walk back down the road. First person I saw on the day until about half way down Goat Camp. Few people lower on the trail.

Goat Camp to Bajada to Mule Deer to Mesquite, and I was wishing I would have parked farther from Ford Canyon and gotten this stretch of the hike over with in the dark. Lots of car noise, and there were a dozen pairs of fighter jets buzzing around. Saw around 15 people on those trails.

If/when I do this one again I think I'd add the Radio Summit. Seems not too far out of the way from Goat Camp after it passes below the peak and a pretty straightforward bushwhack up the ridge.
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Mar 16 2019
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking9.80 Miles 1,630 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.26 mph
1,630 ft AEG      38 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Did the Ford canyon loop with Carey this morning. Lots of pools of water along the route. Almost stepped on a rattlesnake about 2 miles from the parking lot. Be careful out there!
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

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Pool was full
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Feb 24 2019
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Barry Goldwater Peak-Ford Cyn-Willow Spring, AZ 
Barry Goldwater Peak-Ford Cyn-Willow Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking16.06 Miles 3,188 AEG
Hiking16.06 Miles   6 Hrs   58 Mns   2.45 mph
3,188 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Started from the Ramada 7 area around 7am. Went north on Waddell to Ford Canyon, then up Ford. Muddy trail, lots of wildflowers. There was a good amount of water flowing in Ford Canyon, but it was pretty easy to keep our shoes dry. One bypass around some big pools, but that was it. Started seeing snow along the trail once we were on Goat Camp, then more snow along the ridge between Goat Camp and the service road. No human prints or tire tracks in the snow on the road, but a lot of animal prints. It was windy at the top of Barry Goldwater Peak, so we took some pics and headed back down. Once back to Goat Camp, we headed back north to Willow Canyon and took that easy. There was a nice amount of water at the spring, and one little patch of snow. Continued east to Mesquite Canyon and then took that back to the parking lot. Saw no one on Ford Canyon, a few people on Goat Camp, more people on Willow, and a ton of people on Mesquite. The parking lot was packed when we finished, and the Waterfall parking was a mob scene; I don't even want to think about how many people were packed onto that trail.
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Willow Spring - White Tanks
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
A lot of flowers along all the trails, especially poppies. The higher elevations suffered from the snow, and the brittlebush is past prime.
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Dec 15 2018
Hippy
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34 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2018
Hippy
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,921 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   5 Hrs      2.12 mph
1,921 ft AEG
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Quick loop Saturday morning. Myself, Jamie Compos and Doug Nering.

Lots of birds out on these trails. Some some rabbits and butterflies for wildlife.

Mesquite trail had good bit of human activity going on when we started around 8am including a ranger led hike doing this same loop but going in the opposite direction.
By the time we passed the Willow Canyon cutoff we were pretty much alone and that was very nice.

This loop would also make decent corridor training for any newbies looking to hike grand canyon. Not sure why my mind goes straight to that.

I especially enjoyed the Ford Canyon sections, I hadn't done this loop before and was pleasantly surprised to spend so much time in the wash and then over smooth granite it was absolutely beautiful.

Lots of Mexican gold poppies out this weekend too.

Trail conditions were great, smooth. Those trails are well maintained and that makes them an easy "trek" for anyone in the family that's up to the mileage.
Ford Canyon had some "steep" footing which were fine for us but I could see it presenting a challenge for those folks who aren't use to walking off pavement.

The white tanks had water and tadpoles.
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Nov 23 2018
KBKB
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
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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Aug 27 2018
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Waddell TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 27 2018
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.01 Miles 40 AEG
Run/Jog4.01 Miles      39 Mns   6.17 mph
40 ft AEG
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After work jog out in the White Tanks. One of the easier and nicer loops to run. Very low intensity. Started from the Ford/Mesquite TH. Did a CW loop: Mesquite - Waddell - Ford - Ironwood - and Ford back to the TH. Forgot my Altras at home so I ended up running in my work shoes (generic tennis shoes). Little different, but that how I use to do it back in the day. Had the park to myself. Saw a chipmunk and 3 good sized lizards.
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Mar 25 2018
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47 male
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 Tempe, AZ
Willow Ford Loop, AZ 
Willow Ford Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2018
chumley
Hiking11.74 Miles 1,932 AEG
Hiking11.74 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   3.00 mph
1,932 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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1st trip
Adding to my list of all-time uniques, I made my first ever visit to White Tank Mountain Regional Park (the west side's very own South Mountain! :y: )

Quite a bit of diverse stuff out here, from very intriguing canyons to large swaths of drab boredom. I made good time which allowed me to hit up the Waterfall trail before the "no excuses" entrance gate closure at exactly 8pm. I feel that darkness is an excellent time to see this desert spectacle, especially when in it's naturally dry state.

Got to see all the 2018 wildflowers. Pretty sure it's prime peak right now.

I was pleasantly surprised on this trip, and it seems to have earned a return visit sometime.
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* "substantial" as measured relative to the 2018 spring wildflower season.
Compared to a normal season somewhere between "none" and "isolated" ;)

dry White Tanks Falls Dry Dry
Just a little mud at the bottom of the falls.

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No actual flow, but a large pool of water at the spring and a few smaller pools downstream in bedrock.
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Jan 28 2018
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Mesquite - Waddell - Ford Loop, AZ 
Mesquite - Waddell - Ford Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2018
mazatzal
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.82 mph
1,600 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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1st trip
Took a visitor on this nice loop. Surprised it wasn't too busy, about 15-20 people total.
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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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