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Smooth loop with great views and abundant wildlife.”
— Bob Bruce
Fun loop through a beautiful part of White Tank Regional Park. The trail is in great shape and includes beautiful desert scenery. Keep an eye out for the unique barrel cactus growing just off the trail.
Features: Views — Wildlife
Expect your standard desert trail hazards, sand, protruding rocks, cholla balls on the trail.
Starting from the parking lot, pick up the Mesquite Trail which quickly skips you over the road and west toward the rugged White Tank Mountains. Cruise by towering saguaro toward the Area 7 parking area. You could also park here to start this loop. With the parking area on your left, dodge right on the the Waddell Trail. You'll pass by beautiful Palo Verde trees, cholla and other Sonoran Desert staples. In about a mile you'll hang a right onto Ford Canyon Trail and cruise next to a deep wash. Look to the east and enjoy a wide view of the valley and the mountains beyond. Next thing you know you'll see the windmill by the parking lot where you started and be contemplating another quick lap!
Flora & Fauna
Spring is a great time to be out here as everthing is blooming. From tiny pink flowers on the fishhook pincusion cactus to the giant white blooms crowing the saguaro, it's hard not to be impressed when the desert comes to life.