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Mar 15 2020
Nate_F
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48 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Mesquite Willow Loop - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2020
Nate_F
Hiking8.59 Miles 1,548 AEG
Hiking8.59 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.29 mph
1,548 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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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Nov 30 2019
DarthStiller
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51 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Goat Camp - Willow / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking13.50 Miles 2,210 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   6 Hrs      2.25 mph
2,210 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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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Mar 16 2019
Nightstalker
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52 male
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 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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Mar 10 2019
emilystardust
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38 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mesquite Willow Loop - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2019
emilystardust
Hiking8.35 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking8.35 Miles
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Feb 24 2019
LindaAnn
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 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
 
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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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Feb 02 2019
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ford - Willow - Mesquite Loop & Waterfall, AZ 
Ford - Willow - Mesquite Loop & Waterfall, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2019
joebartels
Hiking13.17 Miles 2,019 AEG
Hiking13.17 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.42 mph
2,019 ft AEG      23 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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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.

Waterfall Trail
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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several ounces per minute

dry Willow Spring - White Tanks Dry Dry
spring is dry
the two nearby pools were +50% full
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Feb 02 2019
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Ford -Willow - Mesquite Loop, AZ 
Ford -Willow - Mesquite Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking11.19 Miles 1,814 AEG
Hiking11.19 Miles   5 Hrs   7 Mns   2.36 mph
1,814 ft AEG      23 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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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Mar 25 2018
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Willow Ford Loop, AZ 
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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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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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Feb 25 2018
PJackalope
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 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
PJackalope
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 Peoria, Az
White Tanks Goat Camp to Willow Canyon, AZ 
White Tanks Goat Camp to Willow Canyon, AZ
 
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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
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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Dec 30 2017
alittlediamond
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 Phoenix, AZ
Waddell to Ford Canyon to Willow to Mesquite, AZ 
Waddell to Ford Canyon to Willow to Mesquite, AZ
 
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alittlediamond
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,595 AEG
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Ford Canyon is my favorite hike in the valley so I do this loop at least once a year. Somehow I hadn't done it yet in 2017 so I got it in right at the end! It was a lovely day, perfect weather. This hike is my favorite because it has everything - you start out in the desert, climb a mountain, do some route finding, then some rock scrambling, then hike a dry creek bed, then a prairie, all mostly in solitude. A quick side trip brings you to a waterfall (dry this time), then a couple of canyons to look down, then a regular Phoenix trail with lots of other hikers (Mesquite). It's great!
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Ford Willow Loop, AZ 
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking11.10 Miles 1,696 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.81 mph
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1st trip
enjoyable hike in the white tanks with linda
this loop was plan b but turned out to be a good choice given weather conditions
haven't been out here in three years :o
waddell :next: ford canyon :next: willow canyon :next: mesquite
light rain for much of the hike, making the rocks in ford canyon a little slick
a few good pools of water in this section
a few mosquitos, too
chose willow canyon trail to check out the spring area
found a nasty pool with nothing flowing into it
finished the loop on mesquite
didn't quite hit double digits, so we drove over to hike a short loop that included ironwood trail as neither of us had done it
the sun was just starting to break out as we finished
good day for it if you don't mind a little rain
thanks for the idea and for driving, linda :)
nice to get back out that way
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LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Ford Cyn-Willow Cyn Loop-White Tanks, AZ 
Ford Cyn-Willow Cyn Loop-White Tanks, AZ
 
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LindaAnn
Hiking9.31 Miles 1,530 AEG
Hiking9.31 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.75 mph
1,530 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
It's not often I get to hike in the White Tanks in July these days. This was Plan B, as Kelly & I wanted to avoid storms. Cool, cloudy, and drizzly when we started a little after 6:00 this morning. We started on Waddell, then headed up Ford Canyon. Ford Canyon has always been my favorite trail in the While Tanks. The granite up in the wash was slippery with the light rain, which required some caution in places, but we had the trail all to ourselves. We decided to come down Willow Canyon to see if the spring had any water in it. It did, but it was gross, smelled awful, and was swarming with mosquitoes--I donated a lot of blood today. The spring is a far cry from the 90's when it was full, always had running water, and was a nice swimming hole. I pointed out the ledge we used to jump from as teenagers, if anyone tried that today, they'd end up with a broken leg. Quick hike back down Willow and Mesquite Trails back to the car. Temps were still in the 80's when we finished.
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Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking9.52 Miles 1,584 AEG
Hiking9.52 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.52 mph
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1st trip
This was my first time to the White Tanks and I must say I came away pretty impressed. I was looking for a little end of the week hike to take advantage of the cooler afternoon, blow off some week day steam and get the dogs some exercise. I was expecting something more on the lines of South Mountain, or the preserve and instead we got a rather pleasant hike with ample water, wildflowers, varied scenery and great trails.

Ford Canyon was a great trail to kick off my first experiences in the White Tanks. After only a few miles in, we started to encounter water in the bedrock of the canyon and this continued for most of the hike through Ford. The couple mile stretch along the bedrock through Ford proved to be kind of fun and the dogs were happy with the ample and sometimes deep pools of water. Jackie was "seeing" glphys everywhere and we examined a few of her leads, but they all turned out to be duds, until she did spot a faint set right in the creek bed. The flowers through Ford were great as well and only got better and more varied as we climbed out. We ran into a couple at about five miles in and they asked if we were staying a night out there, because they said they never ran into anyone out that far, which made me kind of chuckle, as we were only completing a nine mile loop and I certainly did not think we were in what would qualify as the White Tanks "backcountry."

From Ford, it was on to Willow Canyon, which was a nice little area as well. We stopped at the spring briefly for the pups and then continued on to the intersection with Mesquite. This portion of the hike ended up being gold, as we got to enjoy the vibrant yellow of the brittle brush mixed in with some nice lighting, big clouds and a great sunset. Head lamp time for most of Mesquite Trail, a pretty quick downhill and then a quick hike across the well manicured trail and wide path back to where we began our loop at Waddell Trailhead.

I don't know if I will start planning weekend hiking around the White Tanks, but this hike certainly exceeded my expectations and beats most of the urban hikes near town. In terms of desert hiking, the White Tanks probably represent some of the nicer classic desert hiking within an hour of Phoenix in my opinion and now is a great time to hit this area.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
I would say substantial, but I have heard brittle brush does not count as wildflowers and I don't want to offend the wildflower guild...

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Large deep pool of water at site of spring
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Feb 13 2017
norm5715
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Waddell-Ford Canyon-Willow-Mesquite Loop, AZ 
Waddell-Ford Canyon-Willow-Mesquite Loop, AZ
 
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norm5715
Hiking9.25 Miles 1,429 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   2.46 mph
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Cloudy and about 70 degrees.

Hiked to the abandoned dam first, then hiked along the wash to Willow, then Mesquite.

Had light rain about 1 mile from the abandoned dam so the rocks were quite slippery and challenging, however with the help of our group (about 20 hikers) we were able to make it to the dam.

The remaining hike was dry and fairly easy to navigate.

The hike to the dam is very challenging.

Again, the desert looks great with wildflowers starting to bloom.

This is one of my favorite hikes and it didn't disappoint.
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Wildflowers just starting to bloom. In a couple weeks it will be beautiful.
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Jan 21 2017
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 Mesa, AZ
Goat Camp - Willow / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking14.07 Miles 2,485 AEG
Hiking14.07 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   3.42 mph
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This hike is in the 60 hikes book. One of the hiking books I will work on this year. I parked at the Bathroom where Bajada Trail crosses the road. I did the hike clockwise. I started about 10 til 7AM. It was cold and windy but I never got rained on. There was a hiker at one of the Goat Camp saddles with one of those weather gadgets my friend Bruce has. He said wind was at 22 mph and the temp was 34. It did feel a little nippy from time to time. The Sun did come out. The trails were wet but in good shape. The hikers and trail runners were all friendly today as were the dogs. Nice hike. :) The "official route" on HAZ jumps off Mesquite Trail by the intersection with Waddell Trail and followed the road for a short while. I believe you should stay on Mesquite Trail and I did on my loop. :y:
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Nightstalker
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 Goodyear, AZ
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,681 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   2.67 mph
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Great hike in the White Tanks with the Arizona Desert Hikers meetup group. Lots of water, running at spots, in Ford Canyon and at Willow Spring. Saw about a dozen deer at the Ford/Willow trail intersection.

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The pool was full!
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Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
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PatrickL
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   2.89 mph
1,600 ft AEG      10 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Haven't been on Willow or Ford in a while so I decided to hit both. Pretty warm for the first mile, then the breeze finally kicked in. Wound up having perfect weather for the remainder of the hike.

Someone spray painted two arrows at the lower end of Ford, when you first enter the wash. You should be able to figure out where to go in that spot, but evidently some are having trouble. It would be nice if the park would put an extra marker there. Maybe then people would leave the paint at home. ](*,)
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 Phoenix,Az
Willow Canyon - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Run/Jog12.56 Miles
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Did a preliminary run for the next Aravaipa event. Looking at doing the half marathon in the White Tanks next month and I thought I would try out their route and see how I'd do. Got to the park a little after 6 and got on the trail right at 6:30. Perfect timing. I had just enough light to start the run and I pretty much didn't have to worry about the sun until I was coming down Mesquite. Started from the competitive track lot and took the Grey Fox (new trail which is about a year old) and then a combination of the Waddell, Ironwood and Ford trails to get to the Mesquite. That is where the fun begins and its up, up and away. I've actually run this trail a couple of times but it still one of the rougher climbs out there for me. I've done the Willow lasso both ways and I think I actually like doing the Willow first and coming back on the Mesquite and luckily that is how the race route is laid out. Stopped twice. Both times for deer. There was a hiker taking a picture of three of them near the top of the Mesquite climb and then close to .75 miles later I came across a lone, 3 point buck. Nice! And just after that I passed some hikers coming up and they said they had seen some deer as well. I saw 4, not sure how big the herd is. Trail was quite as I was coming down. Great to see people enjoying the trails. Got chased down the last few switchbacks by an old man....excuse me, an older man. The man looked to be in his late 50's but he was steaming up the back of my neck on the descent. It's good to be pushed. Felt good about the run, but I hope to knock some minutes off that time in a few weeks.
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