|when||Trip Report : 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 12.5-mile clockwise loop through the heart of White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
Start out on the Goat Canyon Trail (GC) and hike that for 5 miles west, before making a sharp turn to the northeast and hiking another 1.5 miles to its junction with the Mesquite Canyon Trail (MQ).
We’ll look for a good place and stop for a rest and lunch break somewhere near this junction. Then we’ll hike the Mesquite Canyon Trail for 4.5 miles east to Ramada Way Trailhead and parking area, where our vehicles will be waiting for us. Several drivers will take one vehicle and drive back to the Goat Canyon Trailhead to pick up and return the remaining vehicles to the Ramada Way 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. If you have a Maricopa County Parks Pass, please bring it with you. Please share gas expenses with the driver. The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 for non-members.|
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