|when||Saturday, February 24, 2018|
|where||White Tank Mountain Regional Park|
The rugged and picturesque White Tank Mountains, located at the far western edge
of the valley, form a natural barrier that separates the Phoenix Basin from the vast
Hassayampa Plain to the west. The “tanks” are actually a series of
natural basins scoured out of solid rock by natural wind and water erosion over eons
Today’s hike will involve one trail (Mesquite Canyon) that we’ve hiked several times in the past and a second trail (Goat Canyon) that we have never hiked before. These two trails form a 13.3-mile clockwise loop through the heart of White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
We’ll start out on the Goat Canyon Trail (GC) and hike that for 5 miles west, before making a sharp turn to the NE and hiking another 1.5 miles to its junction with the Mesquite Canyon Trail (MQ).
Plan on stopping for a rest and lunch break somewhere near the junction. Then hike the Mesquite Canyon Trail for 5 miles east to Mesquite Canyon Trailhead, where most of our vehicles will be waiting for us. Two or three drivers will take one vehicle and drive south on White Tank Mountain Road for about 1.4 miles to pick up and return the remaining vehicles to the Mesquite Canyon Trailhead.
NOTE: The Goat Canyon Trail will be an exploratory hike, since we’ve never done this trail before. There’s a 1.5-mile section of the Goat Canyon Trail that’s classified as hazardous since it’s rough, with narrow spots, loose rock, and a very steep uphill stretch hiking west. This is the reason for hiking the loop clockwise.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|EC||+-1,702' elevation change|
|elevations||1,538' at Goat Canyon Trailhead to 3,240' at the top of the loop.|
|on trail||100% — Goat Canyon Trail up, Mesquite Canyon Trail down|
|rating||"B+" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||$6 per vehicle entrance fee into the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Please share gas expenses with the driver. The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 for non-members.|
You must email the leader to confirm.
You can reach me on my cell phone on the morning of the hike. (602) 882-5832
|meet||8:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride. Departure at 8:15.|
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