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Absolutely beautiful! The trail did get a bit rough, and was confusing in one spot. I had my older son go up to the top of the mountain, to look for more of a trail, but we really couldn’t make out where to go after a certain point.....around the 5/6 mile mark. We decided to come back down, as it was about 4, and we really didn’t want to chance getting stuck up there during the evening hours. Next time we will start earlier, and be more prepared. We are beginners, and new to Arizona.

Awesome hike. Started on mesquite then jumped onto Ford Canyon. Great inclines and flat areas to catch your stride. Fantastic scenery. Watch your step. Nature is everywhere. Huge tarantula on the trail this morning. Later in the morning lots of traffic - even on a Monday. Quiet early. Lots of scat, small animal tracks.

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19 days ago

Great hike. The first 2-3 miles is usually crowded on the weekends. After that, the traffic significantly thins out. Depending on your condition, after the 1st mile from the beginning of the trail head, a might start to feel the inclines. Stick with it and near the end you will be rewarded with a closer view of towers. If you are like me and want more milage and different scenery on the return trip, take the Ford Canyon trail back. The ford canyon trail head will end up a few yards near the beginning of Mesquite trail, if you start at the beginning of the trail. Be cautious, Ford Canyon is even more isolated than the end of the Mesquite trail and has large boulders that you will have to navigate over and around. Great distance combination trails.

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28 days ago

Good hiking and there are challenges in landscape and following the trail signs. There is very little shade so be mindful especially if you are taking your dog. Your dog must be in shape to get through this hike and there are places you will need to unleash them to get over boulders or obstacles so be sure to have a great recall for your dog. Not a hike for dogs under 50 pounds.

$7 entrance fee. More like a little nature walk with lack there of “waterfall” at end.

I dont care for desert scenery too much, and while this isn't exactly forrest its a nice compromise being so close to town. This hike is classified under hard but I feel most anyone in shape would have no real problem with this trail, as long as you come hydrated and bring water!

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1 month ago

this app isn’t working for me..it keeps flipping to the pro version which i don’t want

Great trail. Lots of vertical. Saw lots of wildlife.

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2 months ago

I decided to try out this trail since it appears on a trail race in the Spring. Late August early morning hike. The initial climb had me hiking vs jogging. Once you get to marker 2 (going counterclockwise) I could have jogged it but decided to enjoy the new area. Overall a great hike. Can't believe I've lived in the area for 16 years and this was my first time hiking. Should have started getting in shape years ago now seeing what I read missing...

Nice easy trail if you just want a nice walk.

2 months ago

I did this one in June 2018..it was a 106F and it was a test of my endurance and will power, but it made me take up serious hiking..you need to be in good shape to do this in the heat. I went through 2 gallons of water , 4 bananas, 2 energy bars and 2 cans of bloody mary mix doing this and I was absolutely beat by the time I was done..

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2 months ago

Definitely challenging if you hike all the way to the summit and back. I brought 2 liters and 2 bottles of water and I ran out 1/3 of the way back down. So be prepared! Don't try making it to the summit during the summer, during the afternoons it becomes super hot and there's little to no shade on the hike. Great hike though White Tanks!

Great vistas, moderate elevation changes, and mule deer on named trail and a mountain lion in parking lot at library.

Good “walk at lunch time “ trail.

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4 months ago

It was tough at the beginning but doing it in the morning made it easier. Saw multiple deer groups and other wildlife!! A hike worth your $7 and more. It was summer so we started at 5:00am, I would say start at 4:30!

This hike is beautiful, definitely the most gorgeous trail I’ve been on in the Valley thus far. It has a variety of terrains you traverse; from switchbacks to a little bit of scrambling, and multiple miles of walking too. There is something for a variety of hiking experiences.

UPDATE: You can’t start at 4:30am due to the gate being closed — 5am is the earliest start time.

One of the few trails in the greater Phoenix area that offers descent/elevation gain. Pretty good for backpacking/distance hiking training, most of the elevation gain occurs early in the trail.

This was a good hike, not to hard, great workout.

Love this trail for it's diversity. Beware during the spring and summer, there is a significant increase in rattlesnake traffic. The switch backs in the wilderness part of the trail will provide a hiker with the most solitude. I'm usually the only person on this part of the trail. if you are lucky, you might she see a deer, fox, havelina...There is only a water source at the trailhead. .hike will take you through the typical desert landscape, boulders, a 8' wall to scale, dry dam, sandy river bed, wilderness switch backs, great view of the city in the distance. ..I enjoy this trail early in the morning, around 5:30 am or 6am to avoid the heat and any possible traffic from other hikers...

5 months ago

I believe that this is the most challenging trail at White Tanks because of the distance and the gradual climb in the beginning. Be prepared in the summer with lots of water and trail snacks. There is no water supply on the trail. This trail is not as diverse as the Ford Canyon trail, but easier to follow the trail. Cell coverage might be a problem. This hike will take you very close to the towers in top of the mountain. ..not a well traveled trail..after first mile or two, I'm always the only one on the trail.

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5 months ago

Did the Ford Canyon loop from the bike/horse staging area, out past Willow, and onto the Mesquite back. That bumped the hike up to about 11 miles. No individual part of the hike is particularly challenging; there are a fair number of level portions, none of the inclines or scrambles are technical, and all of the switchbacks are pretty mild. However, the number of times you encounter these things over the distance is what bumps this into the "hard" range. There were three or four different hills to climb via switchback distributed throughout the loop.

I don't condone ever skimping on water, but in regards to the recommendation for 3+ liters, I went with only three and had about a liter left when I finished, and I sweat a lot. There are definitely people who sweat more than I do though, so measure at your own risk.

Took about 4.5 hours with a couple of breaks to photograph the scenery. Started at 7:30, which was a mistake, because I finished at noon to a pleasant 107 degree temperature. Go early!

Not your typical trail. The lack of clear trail in the wash area and especially the big white boulders area climbs add a stress factor to be ready for.

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5 months ago

Clean Trail with plenty of views. There was no waterfall to be seen as it was so dry, however. To and from took about an hour and fifteen

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6 months ago

Great overall trail, getting to see a variety of the park. The wash was coated with bugs and lots of rabbits.

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6 months ago

This is a tough hike, but I would classify it as between moderate and hard because of the length. Beautiful scenery, good amount of wildlife, climbing over smooth boulders, this hike offers a constantly changing experience. Highly recommended!!

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6 months ago

Good hike with the kids!

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6 months ago

great trail for a workout. first mile is flattish but rocky followed by a steep climb for the next mile. after milepost two you lose most of the other people and it becomes a rolling path with a few rough bits.

was a great hike but a sign was facing the wrong way and got us off track by 2 miles

Usually very crowded for the first mile and a half but gets better after that. not sure why this is listed as hard, it's mostly smooth and, after the initial mile climb, just a gently rolling path. if you pay attention there is a good chance of seeing mule deer and javalina.

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7 months ago

I parked at the south lot Trailhead at 6:20am on 4/11/18 and hiked to the Goat Canyon Tr mm#1. Pretty mild hike to this point. Crossed the wash which began gradually increasing in slope. Very pleasant so far. Increase in slope and rocks began shortly. I Crossed the wash again and the difficulty increased markedly (for an old guy). I handled it pretty well however the heat was intense. Progress became slow. The trail and scenery were breathtaking. I made it to mm#2 and decided to stop and return.
NOTE- I carried a Garmin Foretrex GPS. It indicated 1.6mi as the distance between mm #1 and 2. And it certainly felt like it.
The trip back down was quick and easy. I only saw 3 other hikers in my short trek. The scenery and solitude were great. I returned to my car at 10:20am. My total distance was 5.17mi. Total ascent was 795’. Seemed MUCH more.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and will return again.
Thanks much to Maricopa White Tanks Regional Park as I have enjoyed several other shorter hikes in the unit during my short stay here.

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