|when||Saturday, January 15, 2022|
|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 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 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.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|EC||+-1670' elevation change|
|elevations||1,530 feet at trailhead to 3,200 feet at the west end of the loop|
|on trail||100% — Waddell, Mesquite Canyon, Ford Canyon, and Willow Canyon Trails|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||$7 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.|
|leader||You must email the leader to confirm. Please provide your cell phone number when you sign up in case we need to contact you on the day of the hike.|
|meet||8:30 AM at the Library and Nature Center just outside of the pay station of the White Tank Mountains, 20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355.|
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