Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
White Tank Mountain Day Hike
when Trip Report : January 13, 2018
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where White Tank Mountain Regional Park
the hike     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 Plains to the west. The “tanks” are a series of natural basins scoured out over eons of time by erosion.
    Today’s hike will incorporate four different trails (Waddell, Ford Canyon, Willow Canyon, and Mesquite Canyon), forming a 9.5-mile counter-clockwise loop through the heart of White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
    We’ll start out on the Mesquite Canyon Trail and hike that west for 1.8 miles to its junction with the Willow Canyon Trail. Then hike the Willow Canyon Trail west for 1.6 miles to its junction with the Ford Canyon Trail. At 4.7 miles, the Ford Canyon Trail will be the longest part of the loop but also the most scenic, as part of it traverses the bottom of Ford Canyon. At the junction with the Waddell Trail, we head south for about 1.3 miles back to the trailhead.
    NOTE: There’s a 1.8-mile section of the Ford Canyon Trail that’s classified as hazardous since it’s a rough section of trail, with narrow spots and large rocks in stretches of wash to maneuver around.
Required:
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
Recommended:
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 9.5 miles
time 5-6 hours
EC +-1670' elevation change
elevations 1,530 feet at trailhead to 3,200 feet at the west end of the loop
type loop
starting at
Mesquite Trailhead 33° 35.553' N,  112° 30.650' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Waddell, Mesquite Canyon, Ford Canyon, and Willow Canyon Trails
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
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.
weather Litchfield Park
meet
•  For those living in the north and west valley, we will meet at I-17 & Bell Road (SW corner) between Denny’s and Fry’s and make all necessary carpooling arrangements here.
Those from the east valley can meet behind the Denny’s on the SE corner of US 60 & Rural.
We will all meet at 7:45 AM, with a departure time of 8:00 AM.
drive
•  Take I-17 to Dunlap Road.
Take Dunlap Road west. It eventually turns into Olive Avenue.
Continue driving on Olive Avenue until you reach the entrance to White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
Before reaching the pay station, we’ll park all vehicles at the Library and Nature Center just outside of the pay station. We’ll sign in everyone else here and then take as few vehicles as possible to minimize the $6/vehicle entry fee. We can safely leave all remaining vehicles behind in the Library and Nature Center parking lot away from the l ibrary entrance.
Once inside the park, drive north on White Tank Mountain Road for about one mile and make a left turn onto Waterfall Canyon Road.
Continue for about a half mile and make another left turn onto Ramada Way.
You will reach the end of the road and the trailhead parking area in less than a quarter-mile.
Approximately 45 minutes of drive time to the trailhead. Restrooms are located along White Tank Mountain Road, as well as at the trailhead.

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