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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.  It 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!

We appreciated how well groomed the trail was, but wasn’t overly crowded.  It took us about 4 hours and we only saw a handful of people in that time.  We didn’t rush 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.

We started in a rock bed and headed upwards. The first mile started with a good amount of climbing but it leveled out.

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Just keep climbing…just keep climbing.

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 loop is not climbing but more flat with views.  That is definitely something I can appreciate.Mesquite trail phoenix arizona

Looking down at a dried up water bed.

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At the top of one of the peaks


One of my favorite photos of two side by side cacti.

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It 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:

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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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