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A smooth loop with great views and abundant wildlife.


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Map Key

3.8

Miles

6.2

KM

99%

Runnable

1,623' 495 m

High

1,443' 440 m

Low

182' 55 m

Up

182' 56 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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Overview

This is a 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.

Runner Notes

Expect your standard desert trail hazards such as sand, protruding rocks, and cholla balls on the trail.

Description

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 past towering saguaro toward the Area 7 parking area. You could also park here to start this loop.

With the parking area on your left, run 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 everything is blooming from tiny pink flowers on the fishhook pincushion cactus to the giant white blooms crowing the saguaro. It's hard not to be impressed when the desert comes to life.

Contacts

Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

Shared By:

Robert Bruce

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Photos

Beginning the hike up the canyon.
Jan 28, 2018 near Citrus…, AZ
Looking up Mesquite  Canyon trail, straight ahead. This trail junction/sign is a mere 400' from the trailhead.
Jan 5, 2023 near Citrus…, AZ
1,625'; Ford Canyon/Waddell Trail trail junction sign.  Paul is continuing on down the Ford Canyon Trail, I'll continue along the Waddell Trail & back to the trailhead where I started.  1 mile more to hike B4 returning to where I started.
Jan 5, 2023 near Citrus…, AZ
Sonoran cactus-scape, Oct. 20, 2007 ( with permission from meg99az)
Jul 19, 2019 near Citrus…, AZ
The trail
Dec 7, 2017 near Citrus…, AZ
On the Waddell Trail
Mar 27, 2018 near Citrus…, AZ

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