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Hiking Mesquite Trail in the White Tank Mountains

Hiking Mesquite Trail in the White Tank Mountains

The final hike, my husband and I did, was also in the White Tank Mountains on the Willow Canyon Trail.  The White Canyon ended up being just about an 8.5-mile hike, with plenty of incredible views, and switchbacks.  There is a longer trail: Ford Canyon, but we didn’t want to be out too late.  I would love to come back sometime!

At the White Tank Mountains, there is plenty of trail information.  In addition to the Mesquite Trail, there is a waterfall trail and loop trail. Most of the trails at White Tank Mountain Regional Parks have a moderate incline, tricky terrain, sections of uneven terrain, small inclines max 10, and rocks and roots present as well as obsticles such as rocks. Nothing is extremely difficult and at the White Tank Mountains, there is something for everyone.

We appreciated how well-groomed the Mesquite Trail was, but wasn’t overly crowded.  It took us about 4 hours to hike the Mesquite Trail and White Tank Mountains, and we only saw a handful of people in that time.  We didn’t rush on the Mesquite Trail and stopped, took our time, and relaxed.  My guess is you could probably do the hike in about 3-4 if you were on a mission.

At the Mesquite Trail, we started in a rock bed and headed upwards. The first mile on the Mesquite Trail started with a good amount of climbing but it leveled out.

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Just keep climbing… keep climbing on the Mesquite Trail and White Tank Mountains.

Mesquite trail phoenix arizona
Mesquite trail phoenix arizona

Mesquite trail phoenix arizona

We traced the canyon and a good amount of the 8.5-mile Mesquite Trail loop is not climbing but more flat with views.  That is something I can appreciate.Mesquite trail phoenix arizona

Looking down at a dried-up water bed on the Mesquite Trail

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At the top of one of the peaks on the Mesquite Trail and overlooking White Tank Mountains

One of my favorite photos of two side by side cacti on the Mesquite Trail and White Tank Mountains

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The Mesquite Trail and White Tank Mountains was another gorgeous hike outside of Phoenix and I am glad we made it out there.

We also hiked the Dixie Mine Trail and ate giant Cinnamon Buns at the Nicks Diner 2. 

Questions for you:

Do you like hiking? Have you been to the Mesquite Trail? 

Have you ever been to Phoenix?

1 thought on “Hiking Mesquite Trail in the White Tank Mountains”

  1. Awww I wish I had gotten to hike when I was in Arizona at Christmas but I was quite literally in the middle of nowhere, three hours from Phoenix. Glad you had an awesome hike!

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