Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Good hike with the kids!

hiking
7 days 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.

hiking
14 days 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Best trial in the White Tank Park.

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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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!

Very scenic, loved it.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike!

There was quite a bit of shit on the trail as horses and dogs are allowed. I’d rank as a great easy trail, not moderate.

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.

Good if you're looking for a long but fairly easy trail (for the somewhat experienced). It was about 50% gorgeous views, and 50% kinda boring nature walk. The beauty is worth the "bad" though. Especially the narrow cliff above the creek. Would do again, just not often.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy hike!

Awesome.

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

hiking
3 months ago

After several years of not hiking, this trail turned out to be what I need to get my legs back. Trail is pretty and good for nature watching. Good beginner trail.

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