Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Whitetank Mountain Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

hiking
16 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.

hiking
25 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.

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!

hiking
29 days 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.

hiking
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...

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

hiking
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.

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...

hiking
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.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
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!!

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.

its challenge, some turns are poorly marked.

The first part is pretty level, and you don’t start climbing until almost 2 miles out. Once you start climbing up the rocks, there will be some shade in the morning.
Saw my first rattle snake this morning.

trail running
7 months ago

The trial is moderate not difficult. Take your time and enjoy the view and wildlife.

early morning track, its too hot in the afternoon due to no shade in summer

It can be cold in the morning at the beginning of the hike in the canyon, the later part of the trial is exposed to the sun and should be avoided in the afternoon in the summer heat.

hiking
7 months ago

Exactly 9 miles. Took us about 41/2 hours with stopping and exploring several time.
We left on Waddell trail, took it to ford canyon , then willow trail, then to mesquite, which took us back to Waddell.
We loved some boulder climbing. We saw a couple ground squirrels, and birds. We saw a lot of what we think was bobcat poop.
Overall all a very fun trail. The obstacles at the beginning make it exciting. Some high drops- do not recommend with kids.

hiking
8 months ago

Saw a few lizards and a small snake along the trail, cool views and a good hike that’s not too strenuous but a good climb. We recorded 8.3 miles on the loop.

hiking
8 months ago

It’s a beautiful hike. I highly recommend hiking the north leg of the loop first. We did that and there were big boulders to climb on as the trail mostly followed a wash in that part. It was a very gradual incline that way as well. When we got to the high point of this loop, we were actually shocked at how much elevation we gained. The remaining part of the loop down was the most scenic and it was beneficial to be facing east the entire way down. The first part on the north side was very much closing you into the canyon and there weren’t a lot of views. The trail is beautiful though and it feels very unspoiled. The only hard part about it was the distance and would be hard because of the heat in the summer.

Great hike up to the dam. Not a good hot weather hike in my opinion. Expect some large boulder climbing.

Long hike but I clocked it just under 7.5 miles. Gorgeous views for the most part. Ran into a herd of mule deer on Willow canyon trail. Glad I did the loop counter clockwise. Love this park! Trail had zero trash on it! Will return to attempt goat camp next time!

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