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Mesquite Trail Loop

Intermediate
 3.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A smooth loop with great views and abundant wildlife.


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3.8

Miles

6.2

KM

Loop

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.

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, hike 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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On the Waddell Trail
Mar 27, 2018 near Citrus…, AZ
Beginning the hike up the canyon.
Jan 28, 2018 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

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Jun 29, 2019
Greg Crenshaw
Completed this hike, 28 minutes faster than we did it two weeks ago! — 1h 22m
Jun 15, 2019
Greg Crenshaw
Tammy struggled with the distance and heat! We saw two Diamondbacks! — 1h 50m
Feb 3, 2019
Saman Garkani
With Sasan Only 1.8 miles out and back. We did not complete the trail.
Apr 7, 2018
Peggy Evleth