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Apr 02 2022
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking10.88 Miles 1,855 AEG
Hiking10.88 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.26 mph
1,855 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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First hike in the White Tank Mountains. Decided to take the loop counter-clockwise starting with Waddell, then Ford Canyon, and finishing with Mesquite Canyon. That was a good choice. Waddell is just a flat connector along the base of the mountains connecting the various canyon trails. Easy walking. Saw a horned toad which was pretty cool. It has been years since I last saw one of these. He posed for us and let me get several pictures. The Ford Canyon trail started out fairly level with just a gentle rise. This continued for a mile or two until we got to a scary looking warning sign saying that the trail beyond this point is hazardous! At first that seemed unwarranted, but then the trail started climbing. There were several places where the trail was steep boulders. Nothing too scary, but not something to try on a bike. The trail gained elevation quickly in this area and eventually ended up in going right up the granite waterfall.

For the next couple of miles the "trail" was really just the wash. It was either sandy or boulder-y and there were several little waterfalls along the way that had to be climbed. There were several places along the way that I thought that we were finally going to leave the wash but we kept following the wash. Yuck. Finally after way too long in the wash there was a real trail. Yay.

The rest of the Ford Canyon Trail was a regular trail heading up and out of the canyon and down the other side. Along this section the hillside was bright yellow with blooming brittlebrush. Very pretty. Also there were hedgehog cacti with pretty purple blooms. The cholla had buds that hadn't opened yet. After hiking down a ways the trail headed back uphill again. It leveled off once we got on the Mesquite Canyon Trail. It climbed a little at first, then gently went downhill. The trail got steeper in the last couple of miles. In the canyon it felt hot in the sun, but a lot of the trail had a pleasant cool breeze.

All in all a very pleasant day in a very nice area. Glad to finally hike the White Tank Mountains.
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Not much at the bottom of the mountain, but once we got up a ways there was blooming brittlebrush and some orange and purple flowers.
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Apr 01 2022
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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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LindaAnnTriplogs 1,578
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,458 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   53 Mns   2.10 mph
1,458 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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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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Apr 01 2022
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2022
tibberTriplogs 1,276
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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Mar 20 2022
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Goat Camp - Willow / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2022
ScaredyCatTriplogs 74
Hiking17.74 Miles 3,122 AEG
Hiking17.74 Miles   8 Hrs   51 Mns   2.80 mph
3,122 ft AEG   2 Hrs   31 Mns Break
 
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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.
Mar 19 2022
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 Joined Sep 04 2014
 Goodyear, AZ
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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RunMuleTriplogs 39
Hiking12.00 Miles 1,754 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.83 mph
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W headed out around 6 a.m. could not ask for better weather. Took a small detour as we missed a turn that started brining us down the canyon early. Quickly got back on track, stopped for some snacks before we began the hike up out of the canyon. Decided to continue Ford Canyon to Mesquite cam down to Waddell and cut back down Ford Canyon to the truck. Perfect all the way around!
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 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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WaitingForRainTriplogs 661
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,754 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.73 mph
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Nov 21 2021
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2021
trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,589
Hiking13.31 Miles 2,807 AEG
Hiking13.31 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.98 mph
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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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Nov 21 2021
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 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2021
johnlpTriplogs 4,331
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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Nov 12 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mesquite Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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PatrickLTriplogs 491
Hiking2.44 Miles 664 AEG
Hiking2.44 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.25 mph
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Nov 07 2021
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 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
White Tank Mule Deer Loop, AZ 
White Tank Mule Deer Loop, AZ
 
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NightstalkerTriplogs 1,148
Mtn Biking11.40 Miles 708 AEG
Mtn Biking11.40 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   8.14 mph
708 ft AEG      51 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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Nice follow up to yesterday's Brown's Ranch ride. Carey organized the ride and made some new friends, Nancy, Angie, Rachel, and Janet. Great temps and nice cloud cover. Lots of riders, hikers, and some horseys out on the trails today.
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 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
White Tank Mule Deer Loop, AZ 
White Tank Mule Deer Loop, AZ
 
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NightstalkerTriplogs 1,148
Mtn Biking11.60 Miles 747 AEG
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Parked at the library this morning and rode in. Ranger station construction continues. Toasty humid temps. Lots of bikers out the trails and some hikers too. So much green and yellow!
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Mesquite Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Run/Jog10.04 Miles 1,394 AEG
Run/Jog10.04 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   4.40 mph
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Early morning run in the White Tanks. Got out there around 6:30, parking in the gravel staging area near the windmill. Beautiful moonset to start the hike. A full moon was looming over the White Tanks when I started. Did a loop going in on the Mesquite and then looping back on the Ford and Willow Trails. Managed to jog the whole thing....some parts faster than others. Rough on the lungs going up, and a killer on the knees going down.....knees are still creaking 24 hours later :( . That being said, I do enjoy running this loop, especially the second climb going up Mesquite. Nice and winding with some decent views. Looking at previous logs, I’m surprised to note that the distance for doing an in and out on the Mesquite is the same distance I get for doing a lasso with the Willow. Trails were moderately busy. Met about 30 hikers and 7 trail runners. No wildlife.
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Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ 
Goat Camp - Ford Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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The_EagleTriplogs 1,943
Hiking18.69 Miles 2,921 AEG
Hiking18.69 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.60 mph
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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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 Joined Apr 25 2011
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White Tanks Easy Loop, AZ 
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NightstalkerTriplogs 1,148
Mtn Biking11.40 Miles 8 AEG
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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
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White Tanks Easy Loop, AZ 
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NightstalkerTriplogs 1,148
Mtn Biking11.30 Miles 784 AEG
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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
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking11.08 Miles 1,844 AEG
Hiking11.08 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   2.38 mph
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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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 Mesa, AZ
Waddell TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking11.84 Miles 872 AEG
Hiking11.84 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.75 mph
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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
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54 male
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 Goodyear, AZ
White Tanks MTB, AZ 
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NightstalkerTriplogs 1,148
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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May 03 2020
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White Tanks MTB, AZ 
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NightstalkerTriplogs 1,148
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles 933 AEG
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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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 Phoenix, AZ
Mesquite Willow Loop - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
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Nate_FTriplogs 113
Hiking8.59 Miles 1,548 AEG
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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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