Goat Camp Trail is a 17.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waddell, AZ that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
For the first mile and a quarter one experiences a gradual incline , walking on soft white sand for about one half mile, then the trail becomes rocky and towards the end more and larger rocks with steeper climbs. Up to the three mile marker, the trail narrows with very steep inclines and you need to know how to place your feet and to avoid falls. One rates this as the toughest part. Then up to three and a third miles one experiences the rocky climbs a little easier. One, therefore, can rate this hike as challenging.
Goat Camp is in the White Tanks Regional Park. There is some elevation gain over the first 2-3 miles, and if you keep your eyes open around mile marker 1, you'll see a rare crested saguaro.
I've hiked Goat Camp Trail twice. It is challenging, but it is worth the time and effort. Today I ran into several people. The first time I hiked it, I didn't see a soul. I enjoy hiking alone, but sometimes it would be good to have another hiker with me.
The description states that Goat Camp is open September-May, however we went today, July 9th and it was open.
This is a great hike if you're looking for some challenging elevation gain and relative solitude.
It was a wee bit of a gradual steep trail with a lot of small rocks... according to my fitbit I climbed 91 flights of stairs lol…Started off a bit late so only made it to right before the antennas, had to turn around or I would have been up there after sunset.
Saw lots of lizards and heard what I thought was a rattler.
Make sure you have good hiking shoes with great support, plenty of water and snacks.
Fun steep trail.
Easy trail runner for the first .75-1mi then some moderate hiking through small to medium rock gardens. There isn't an actual summit with a 360 degree view.
Today was my first Hike. I went to Goat Camp Trail. Can only climb up to 1.5 uphill . Not a bad beginning for a beginner :)Today was my first Hike. I went to Goat Camp Trail. Can only climb up to 1.5 uphill . Not a bad beginning for a beginner :)
This is an endurance hike/bike. Drive to the ramadas where the Mesquite Canyon trailhead begins. Chain your bike(s) to a secure stationary object (we chain ours to the gas grills adjacent to ramada). Jump back in the truck and drive to Goat Camp trailhead. Basically you will hike Goat Camp trail for 6.3 miles as shown on map, then continue on for another 5.5 miles via the Mesquita Canyon trail to the ramadas where your bike(s) are. At this point you will jump on your bike and bike back to Goat Camp trailhead where you parked your truck. The entire trek will take approximately 4.5 hours and cover about 13.5 miles providing you are in excellent shape. This is an great tuneup for Humphrys Peak which in turn is a great tuneup for the Grand Canyon. As you'll note the halfway point on this jaunt puts you at 2 plus hours away from either trailhead. As such, an encounter with a rattle snake or a twisted ankle etc. could be precarious. Be sure to let someone know where you are hiking, and when you expect to return. Never hike alone, carry plenty of water, food is also a good idea (apple,raisins,seeds). Carry a GPS and become familiar with all the functionally. Heat will be an issue on this hike in the hotter times of the year, be sure to begin the hike at the break of dawn. Take your fully charged cell phone with you in case of emergency. Do not attempt this hike without knowing your limitations and comfort zone.
This is a great trail and there are great views at the top (by the antennas). Not an easy one for moderate hikers. I've seen plenty of people have to turn around on this one. I hardly ever see anyone on this trail so pack what you need, or should have.
Good training trail for the west side of Phoenix. From the trailhead the first mile is a moderate warmup. The next two miles are a good climb up a sparsely maintained trail to the base of the antennas. The next three miles cover two basins and a ridge and are moderate. Hook up with Ford, Mesquite or Willow to loop (with some flat connectors back to the trailhead). Avoid in summer and carry water. Lots of wildlife and watch for rattlesnakes.