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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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tibber
Hiking9.72 Miles 1,484 AEG
Hiking9.72 Miles   4 Hrs   53 Mns   2.13 mph
1,484 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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I was lucky enough to get an invite for a hike from Linda. I haven't been in this area since Dec 2011 so I was certainly due. I had done the Mesquite-Willow Canyon Loop both ways but nothing else out here. However, I don't remember a lot of it even though I actually did some video in 2011 and in 2010, I forgot my camera :o ; the last time that ever happened. Anyway, for my reference here are those trip reports: https://hikearizona.com/x.php?I=4&ZTN=2242&UID=11058

Linda offered an earlier start, my choice. I compromised but should have opted for an earlier start as it was a bit warm at the beginning and end. I had not hiked the Waddell Trail. It was very typical desert hiking except you had a glyph rock and a gorilla face. Linda has hiked out here a lot, especially in the 90s so it was great to hear all of her stories and she knew where all the highlights were.

It takes quite a while to get back into Ford Canyon. On the way there, Linda pointed out these two poles high atop a hill and had always wondered what they were so I zoomed in and have posted the picture to see if someone has any ideas. We also saw 3 USAF jets fly over and we would see/hear them two more times. We finally got to Ford Canyon Trail where we started one of the smaller climbs of the day that also involved some welcome shade. We also saw a few flowers including some delphinium which we would see a few times today.

We would maneuver our way up the canyon and around some pools of water enjoying the fabulous geology along the way. It was particularly striking today set against the bright blooming brittlebush. Linda showed me Dudleya Wall which I would have totally missed. I haven't seen a Dudleya for a couple years at least. These weren't blooming but still very pretty. Their choice of residence seemed perfect for them. We continued up the canyon traversing the various rock obstacles we encountered. Some of the rockery seemed Catalina-like to me and Linda commented it was very gneiss, took me awhile to catch on :lol: . It's a bit cumbersome walking in the sand of the wash but not too bad.

And now it was time to exit for our hike up the hill and here we would start seeing poppies and lupine and even some desert chicory. And not only that, the trail crew had apparently just been through as the tread was in great condition. We continued up the nice grade and got brushed by a nice breeze. The opposite hill's side was covered in Brittlebush. We also commented that the McDowell Preserve North is at 2700 feet or so which is the elevation we would reach when we topped out at the saddle. We would get to see more poppies and lupine on the way up but also some Miniature Wool Star which I also haven't seen for a few years.

The saddle was covered in Brittlebush and of course, the views are pretty spectacular. As you head down the south side you can see the trail you will be following. It's steeper than it looks. We finally hooked up with the Willow Canyon Trail. Hiking here we were rewarded with lots of smelly Desert Lavender and some big bloomed Desert Marigolds. We had seen Lavender earlier in Ford Canyon too but it is hard to photograph. The flower color over here seemed more intense for some reason. There was even some more delphinium.

We stopped at the old cabin remnants and then as we looked over across the way we noticed a bunch of tents which would be for the work crew. Linda took me over to one of her old stomping grounds, Willow Springs. It had water in it but she told me back in the day how much bigger the pond was; to the point they used to be able to jump in it from above. There was one big dead javelina above near the little cave and other bones down by the spring pond. The workers also had all their water filter devices hanging from a tree in the area. Anyway, we sat down and enjoyed the shade and the coolness of the boulder we were sitting on.

We headed back out and Linda pointed out the old rock wall above the trail. We would see another one later across the wash that was long and extensive on the Mesquite Canyon Trail. She's not sure what it was established for and the only thing I could think of was to keep the sheep from going up the hill. She pointed out one of the old mind adits. We would encounter a few hikers on this trail. We were glad of the little breeze we would get and anticipated getting to the bottom where we could stretch our stride. There was also pretty good-sized barb-wire fences set up at various switchbacks to prevent people from switching where they wanted.

Ya, it was a little warm the last couple miles, my bad. The hike was a little tougher than I thot plus Linda had to put up with some of my whining so thank you. However, it was great fun to catch up on things. Thx for slowing your pace. Under the shade of the ramada, we split a beer I've brought before. There was also a very cool bird eating off the Brittlebush, a nice ending to a very awesome hike. I think I need to add this to my yearly list; a decade is too long to wait.

WATCH: 9.4 miles (2712 highest elevation, 1436 lowest) avg 139 bpm/ max 168 bpm (14% Zone 4 Anaerobic, 64% Zone 3, 21% Zone 2 weight control) burning 2,051. Starting temp 68 clear and 32% humidity finishing at 1:08 PM. Finishing temp 82.
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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2022
LindaAnn
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,458 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   53 Mns   2.10 mph
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Met up with Angela at the Area 7 parking lot a little before 0815 and got started. North on Waddell, which is the least interesting part of this loop, but easy. Looked at some petroglyphs.

West on Ford Canyon, which is my favorite part of the loop. Warm as we climbed uphill, but some shade through the steepest parts. Once in the wash, we enjoyed the sights. The geology is neat, and there was plenty of vegetation. The wall of dudleya was growing nicely this year. With the breeze, the climb out of the wash wasn’t too bad, and the trail has seen some very recent maintenance, so it was in great shape.

East on Willow Canyon, with a stop at Willow Spring, which is no longer marked on park maps. The trail crew had set up their base camp in the old corral. I’m thinking a cougar is living/hunting near the spring and feasting on unsuspecting prey that visit for water—lots of remains scattered around. After a nice break in the shade and on the cool rocks, we continued downhill, then east on Mesquite Canyon to finish out the loop. Toasty by the time we finished. Great to see Angela again and to hear about her upcoming Hawaii vacation. Not many people on the trails, but typical for a warmish weekday.
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Large variety of wildflowers along the loop.

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Large pool of filterable water.
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Goat Camp - Willow / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking17.74 Miles 3,122 AEG
Hiking17.74 Miles   8 Hrs   51 Mns   2.80 mph
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Wasn't quite sure where to post this 1. This heading sounds correct but the formation of the route & stats r clearly off. The other hiker I went with found it on an inferior but more popular website. I'm sure no-one can figure out what that is 😃

We hiked goat camp till the jct (6.4 miles I believe). We then did the Mesquite loop. Then back the way we came on goat camp. Miles 2 & 3 were the most challenging.
Feb 21 2022
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.50 Miles 1,754 AEG
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Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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johnlp
Hiking13.31 Miles 2,807 AEG
Hiking13.31 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.98 mph
2,807 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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Kelly threw out some suggestions for hiking. This one stuck. Hard to believe I have not hiked in the White Tanks in almost a decade. There is no exit off the 303 for Olive, so we drove another mile north and looped back to get into the park.
We got started a little before sunrise to cool temps. The Mesquite Canyon trail has a nice grade as you ascend. It is never very steep. The use trail off of Goat Camp towards the peak is steeper and rockier. The trail is pretty easy to follow and is cairned. After a while the trail dumps out onto the road to the peak.
Once we neared our destination the wind picked up and was blowing ~30 mph on the summit. We hid behind a building, had a snack, and departed for warmer hiking lower down the mountain.
The return trip was nice. Trails are in good shape. We only ran into a few people until the last couple miles. Good times. Thanks Kelly. :)
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Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking13.31 Miles 2,807 AEG
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we threw out some ideas for today and john picked white tanks
i hadn't been out there in four years :o
we decided on barry goldwater peak via mesquite and got going around 0640
very windy when we got up on the peak; didn't stay long
returned via willow canyon
saw just a few people until near the finish
good temps, some high clouds and a nice breeze
almost ran out of gas leaving the park, then got caught in traffic where I-10 was closed at 43rd ave. : rambo :
had time for ranch market burritos before cardinals kickoff, so all is well :)
nice to do something kind of different - i've always liked the white tanks
good times, thanks john!
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Barry Goldwater Peak, AZ 
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Hiking16.17 Miles 3,270 AEG
Hiking16.17 Miles   7 Hrs   14 Mns   2.32 mph
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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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Barry Goldwater PeakPhoenix, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking15.65 Miles 3,084 AEG
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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.
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Dry. The dirt in the spring was barely damp.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mesquite Willow Loop - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Nate_F
Hiking8.59 Miles 1,548 AEG
Hiking8.59 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.29 mph
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My first time hiking out in the White Tanks! I'm a native, but never found my way out here for one reason or another. :o
So I dipped my toes in the pool by doing this shorter loop hike. There were plenty of pools to dip your feet in by the way! I really loved the spring on the Willow Trail! Saw a rattler hiding in a bush near the Mesquite and Willow junction.
I hiked the loop clockwise by doing Mesquite first. Mesquite Canyon seemed boring to me, but Ford Canyon and Willow were much prettier! Good hike and I'll come back and do other trails in the area! Maybe the Summit!
PS: So many people when I got back to my car at Noon. Everybody here to watch the waterfall! Go early and avoid the crowds! ](*,)
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Kind of disappointed by the weak amount of flowers. Some poppies, brittlebush, lupine, and mallow, but very sparse.

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 Mesa, AZ
Goat Camp - Willow / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
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DarthStiller
Hiking13.50 Miles 2,210 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   6 Hrs      2.25 mph
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As part of my recent hikes to trails I've done before, but haven't done in 15+ years and never logged in on HAZ, I've been wanting to made a return to the White Tanks. I-10 construction, hot weather, and general laziness have gotten in the way of that recently. With the recent turn to cooler weather and a holiday weekend with no freeway closures, I had no excuses left to not go. I decided on the southern loop of the Goat Camp and Mesquite Trails, but added Willow Canyon.

A slow start out the door got me a post 7am start on the trail. It was still pretty cold, so I started with the hoodie up and the gloves on. Those were both shed about a mile or so in once the climb started. I decided to start straight away up the Goat Camp Trail to get the hard part out of the way first. I had also noticed on the county map that a significant section of the Goat Camp Trail is marked as a rough section to hike with loose rocks. The older I get, it becomes harder to walk down that kind of trail than up it. Plus, coming down, at that point I would have been past the 11 mile mark and very tired.

The shade in the canyons on the way up Goat Camp kept me kind of cool and not sweating too much. Saw 5 hikers on the way up, 3 seemed to only go up part way and then headed back. Once I got over the saddle, the views opened up to the north, where the snowline from the night before was very well defined. It was also at that point that I noticed a herd of deer in the canyon below me. I spent some extra time zooming in on them getting some decent shots.

The level part of the Goat Camp Trail seemed to be the nicest part of the hike. the snow to the north make for great scenery, and the trail was level, making the hiking very easy and pleasant. I barely noticed the decent that the trail begins to make to the junction with the Mesquite and Ford Canyon Trails until I looked back at one point and noticed how much higher it was where I had just hiked from.

Willow Canyon and the lower Mesquite Trails had the most traffic, as expected. Mostly standing water was in pools in the washes, but in some spots you could hear the gurgling of a slow flow of water.

I decided to make it a loop, hiking the lower trails back to where I parked. it ended up being a little longer than I expected, but not unbearable. A mild slog a times, mainly being caused by the length of the hike, but nothing horrible.

Pleasant weather the entire hike, cool temps and sunny and clear weather.
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Ford Canyon-Willows Canyon- Mesquite Loop, AZ 
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Hiking11.45 Miles 1,998 AEG
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 Goodyear, AZ
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking9.80 Miles 1,630 AEG
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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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Mesquite Willow Loop - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
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Barry Goldwater Peak-Ford Cyn-Willow Spring, AZ 
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LindaAnn
Hiking16.06 Miles 3,188 AEG
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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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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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Ford -Willow - Mesquite Loop, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking11.19 Miles 1,814 AEG
Hiking11.19 Miles   5 Hrs   7 Mns   2.36 mph
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It's been 3 years since I was last out to the White Tanks. I don't know whay I don't come out here more often.

Ford Canyon Trail is my favorite out there. Seems to be in the best shape I've ever seen it. Saw 2 hikers and 1 runner on this section

Willow Canyon Trail We stopped at the spring and had an early lunch. Nobody else there.
Once back on trail we began running into happy hikers. The views to the valley from this well groomed trail are pretty sweet.

Mesquite Canyon Trail. At the Willow - Mesquite intersection, a group of equestrian riders and their steeds, were enjoying a break. Mesquite is also in great shape and equally nice views. I remembered the lower section to be rough and rocky. none of that today.

Perfect weather, got sprinkled on just a bit.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ford - Willow - Mesquite Loop & Waterfall, AZ 
Ford - Willow - Mesquite Loop & Waterfall, AZ
 
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joebartels
Hiking13.17 Miles 2,019 AEG
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Entrance station lady was a bubbly delight.

Ford Canyon
Enjoyed the stroller portion below Waddell for the first time. I'm a desert enthusiast so YMMV

Going around the dry fall in Ford Canyon was more involved than memory served. It's been 18 years since I went up & 7 since descending with the world famous @fricknaley

Willow Canyon
Lots of Asian mustard. Must be tasty, later on we passed a group of horses eating in up!

Early lunch on boulders near the lower pool at Willow Springs.

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OMG Becky, rap guys' girlfriends to families galore!

Got to admit, this hike on this trail, today, was an experience.
Bruce elbowed past the crowd while I patiently waited in a short line to get to the moist waterfall.

The wide sidewalk back down would be one hell of a skateboard ride with a boombox and Spideylegs in tow!

Synopsis
Per usual, once I get into a White Tanks hike I enjoy it. Interesting to see the urban & agriculture change west of the 101 I never see.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Poppies the masses seek are substantial mid Mesquite.

Light to moderate on Ford & Willow.
Waterfall Trail is isolated.

Asian Mustard, Brittlebush, Buckwheat, Desert Globe Mallow, Goldeneye, Coulter's Lupine, Canyon Ragweed, Out Clover, Gooding Verbena, Tamarisk, Wiry Lotus

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spring is dry
the two nearby pools were +50% full
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Willow Ford Loop, AZ 
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chumley
Hiking11.74 Miles 1,932 AEG
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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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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
* "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.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Spring - White Tanks Dripping Dripping
No actual flow, but a large pool of water at the spring and a few smaller pools downstream in bedrock.
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two scoops!
Feb 25 2018
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 Routes 28
 Photos 68
 Triplogs 39

47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Willow - Mesquite Loop, AZ 
Willow - Mesquite Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2018
PJackalope
Hiking8.53 Miles 1,699 AEG
Hiking8.53 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   3.22 mph
1,699 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Another fun hike in the White Tanks. Easy access, nice trails, beautiful weather, friendly people - what more could one ask for?
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Feb 18 2018
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 Routes 28
 Photos 68
 Triplogs 39

47 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
White Tanks Goat Camp to Willow Canyon, AZ 
White Tanks Goat Camp to Willow Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
PJackalope
Hiking13.64 Miles 2,348 AEG
Hiking13.64 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.98 mph
2,348 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Last weekend I did the Ford Canyon to Mesquite Canyon and today hiked the Goat Camp to Willow Canyon. Both have their interesting bits, but I have to say I really enjoyed the Goat Camp to Willow Canyon. Goat Camp has some rough sections heading up into the mountain, but for most part was a very nice easy trail looping along the mountain side up towards the base of the radio towers. With the recent rains there was nice amount of moisture on the ground and air adding to that classic desert smell. I was also greeted by a family of coyotes. One had to be within of a quarter mile of me because of loud he/she was coming it. Though I squinted as best I could, I saw nothing. Maybe next time. Anyway, once again getting out past the 2 mile mark there was total solitude and stayed that for most part on Goat Camp. Once the turn down Willow Canyon was made quite a bit more people and mountain bikers showed. Next time I may have to combine Goat Camp with Ford Canyon.
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Jan 28 2018
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,517
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65 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 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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average hiking speed 2.45 mph
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