Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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...

12 days 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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16 days 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.

area is closed for power line repair

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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Good hike with the kids!

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2 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

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2 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.

its challenge, some turns are poorly marked.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Best trial in the White Tank Park.

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.

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2 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.

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3 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.

From 1.5 to 3 this trail is definitely difficult. From 3 to 6.4, it’s absolutely the most peaceful trail I’ve hiked. Well defined and just a great hike. I’m 65 and I made it. Challenging at times but totally worth it.

Hiked 3.5 miles up then back down twice during our stay at White Tank Regional Park. Trail is rugged between miles 2-3 but certainly worth the effort. We’re 60 and 66 and found it doable. Path is plenty wide. Expect rocky spots but nothing that can’t be stepped up and down.

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4 months ago

Awesome hike!

Nice to take the kids out for a walk. It's really pretty there too. The trail connects to others so you can keep going if you'd like. Saw maybe two others when I went in the morning.

easy. will do again

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4 months ago

We did a 9.5 mile loop from Area 7 counterclockwise via the Waddell, Ford Cyn, Willow to Mesquite. Beautiful hike with lots of variety including a little boulder scrambling and lots of vista scenery. Not as difficult as reviewed. Took us a little over 4 hours with time to take in the views.

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4 months ago

I was a little apprehensive to do this hike because of the hazardous trail warnings printed on the park trail map and because a few reviews said it wasn't clearly marked. I'm so glad I did it anyway. It was a great hike.

I started and ended at the Trailhead Staging Area and did a counterclockwise circuit of Ford to Willow to Mesquite. That put me right at 11 miles, which I completed in about four hours - stopping to take photos a few times.

The first half of the hike is a lot of fun with lots of changing landscape. There is some scrambling in the riverbed but it's very minimal - nothing that made me even a little uncomfortable (and I scare easily). You will want to wear shoes with good traction.

From my direction, I had no trouble following the trail (and I've been known to miss some turns). Some might be concerned about the lack of trail markers during the riverbed section, but just keep following the wash - you'll see the trail markers to lead you out when it's time. I didn't have one moment of uncertainty. I felt comfortable the entire route.

The second half of the hike doesn't have the same varying scenery, but it still has some great views. It is very exposed, so take more water than you think you'll need. I packed a little more than I usually do and was wishing for more by the end. Next time I'll pack 3x my normal amount.

In total, I came across eight groups of hikers and one pair of mountain bikers - so it felt pretty secluded but not completely isolated. It was a lot of fun and I'll definitely do it again.

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4 months ago

Nice easy hike!

Awesome.

Hiked this trail yesterday. I like it and plan to eventually do the 17 mile loop.

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4 months ago

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