Mule Deer Trail (Maricopa Trail)

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White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Mule Deer Trail (Maricopa Trail) is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Waddell, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 347 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

running

views

wildlife

rocky

fee

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure (parking lot and bathrooms) due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for additional information. https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/white-tank-mountain-regional-park/ Mule Deer Trail is part of the Maricopa Trail and extends from Wildlife way to South Trail.

Would not recommend this park! Not only had to pay to enter as a member of the military on Memorial Day but most trails were either roped off or closed!

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Good trail, not as easy as waterfall trail or black rock loop, but it’s good if you haven’t hiked in a while...and need to start up again. Beautiful scenery.

There is a $7.00 park entrance fee - I wasn’t expecting that. Not a deal breaker but I’m not use to parks charging entrance fees in the greater Phoenix area. The trail itself is easy and was perfect for my 7 yr old kiddo. Right now the flowers are out and the trail was rather empty - made social distancing easy.

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2 months ago

Good hike, very easy and great for dogs. Beautiful weather today and the flowers were a nice change for Az.

No real shade but great views during the 4 miles we looped around this trail (started at Ford Canyon Trail going northwest, looped south along Waddell Trail for a sec, then looped back heading southeast along the Mesquite Canyon Trail), but it was blooming and beautiful and OPEN (!) - a perfect, easy, early-April hike in the age of COVID-19 :) I’d love to come back around sunset.

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rocky
2 months ago

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4 months ago

Beautiful. Enjoyed it

Good trail.

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7 months ago

Nice trail for a family hike.

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7 months ago

I will be back. Happy Trails

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8 months ago

Fist hike this season in Arizona; great trail to start tuning up your hiking skill. Lots of young families and bickers on the trail. Bring extra water!!

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11 months ago

Nice trail, no shade of course, but great views.

Thu May 30 2019

beautiful!!!

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Sun Apr 07 2019

Nice smooth trail with few rocky spots. No shade.

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Fri Apr 05 2019

Nice Easy hike- cactus are blooming

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Tue Mar 19 2019

This is really a nice little trail - very few rocks and really level when compared with many other valley hikes. There were blankets of wildflowers and everything was green. You get a great view of the city in the distance with rows and rows of saguaros in front. We went about an hour before sundown and got to see a fair amount of bunnies, quail, and heard coyotes howling as the sun set. I totally recommend this hike for people of many fitness levels and for out-of-state guests to get up close to some really great saguaros.

Tue Mar 05 2019

it's beautiful and clean just I can say I love it

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Tue Feb 19 2019

Nice easy trail, good stuff.

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Sat Jan 26 2019

There is a difference in how the White Tank Park Trail Map and AllTrails describe this trail and distance. The park trail map shows it to start / terminate south of the Nature Center park entrance on Olive Ave. connecting with the South Trail for a total one way distance of 3.4 miles. As shown here on AllTrails it starts / terminates at the Nature Center / Park Entrance on Olive Ave for a total one way distance of 2.3 miles. As has been mentioned here, this trail can be done in sections. Being "seniors" with some physical limitations, my wife and I try to keep our hikes around 3 mile RT, so we've done this trail in 3 sections. If you park at the Nature Center you can connect to this trail from there and either take it south across the road to the South Trail and back or north to the Bajada Trail and back. The most strenuous section of trail is between the Bajada Trail and the north trail head. All 3 "sections" are approx 3 miles. Scenery is typically nice; there are benches at the highest elevation to sit and enjoy the view.

Tue Jul 17 2018

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

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Mon Feb 12 2018

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.

Wed Jan 10 2018

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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Wed Jan 10 2018

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Mon Nov 13 2017

Kinda boring once your past the first .5 miles. Basically a desert walk and I most definitely wouldn’t consider this a “moderate” hike. Good for beginners, super peaceful!

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Tue Nov 07 2017

I'm just starting out trail hiking.This was a good beginner trail, easy to moderate. Nice views. Nice trail with some rocky parts and some slight inclines. $6 park entry fee but that gets you into all of the trails.

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Thu Aug 03 2017

When I'm just looking for quite time alone this seems to be the trail! Not very crowded and the views of the desert floor are spectacular, especially during flower season!

Sat May 13 2017

I was confused by two Mule Deer trails , I thought it was loop. Very pretty trail.. but , I had to walk back to the car on the road and that sucked!

Wed Jan 18 2017

Easy hike. Enjoyed the scenery.

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