White Tank Regional Park Trail Reviews

Nearly 30,000 acres makes this the largest regional park in Maricopa County. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. The range, deeply serrated with ridges and canyons, rises sharply from its base to peak at over 4,000 feet. Infrequent heavy rains cause flash floodwaters to plunge through the canyons and pour onto the plain. These torrential flows, pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured out a series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their name.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park offers approximately 25 miles of excellent shared-use trails , ranging in length from 0.9 mile to 7.9 miles, and difficulty from easy to strenuous. Overnight backpacking, with a permit, is allowed in established backcountry campsites. Day hikes can provide some breathtaking views of the mountains and panoramas of the valley below. Horseback and mountain bike riders are welcomed, although caution is stressed as some of the trails may be extremely difficult.

$6 per motorized vehicle entry

13025 N. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355
623-935-2505
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White Tanks Competitive Track

White Tanks Competitive Track

White Tank Mountain Regional Park offers an approximately 10-mile Competitive Track in addition to its trails. The Competitive Track is designed to provide challenging, strenuous, and high-speed outdoor recreation for individuals, groups, and organized events. All competitive tracks are multiple-use. They are designed for cross-country runners and joggers, fast bicyclists and racers, and trotting/galloping equestrians and endurance riders.

by Tony Tone 1-Gear

Another stop of the local Arizona cross country race (MBAA) series. At 26,337 total acres, the White Tank Mountain Regional Park is the largest park in the Maricopa County system. Located in the far west valley, 15 miles west of Peoria. From its base of 1,400 feet, the range rises sharply to over 4,000 feet. The base and upper levels of the mountain are deeply serrated with ridges and deep canyons. Heavy rains causing flash floods, pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured out a series of depressions, or “tanks”, in the white granite rock below. Hence, the name White Tanks. Some of the best Hohokam petroglyphs to be seen anywhere are in these mountains.

White Tanks Competitive Track

White Tanks Competitive Track

The course is great this year. The riders’ times will be faster this year vs. the previous years. Let me walk you thru it from a single speed racer point of view. First, you start out in a 36/17 gear ratio. You take off like a bat outta hell thru some pretty flat/fast single track before hitting a wanna-be gradual rocky climb. This where us single speed racers switch gears – in our heartrate of course. We give new meaning to “putting the hammer down” at this section of the course. Okay, riding along. Once that climb has been treated like a small red-headed step-child, we move to a semi-technical section. This is fun for people like Jeff who do not realize that you can suffer concusions when your head hits a boulder or two. So, 1-speeders take this in stride capitalizing on every little break (since a lot of it is downhill) and our heartrates get below 180bpm. After that, let it go and, you guessed it, 1-speeders spin out…right before hitting the old hike-a-bike section that has been re-routed (kudos to whoever thought of doing that – mtn bike race = stay on the bike and pedal, not hiking). Once you have powered thru this section (and if there is a 1-speed raHope you like the review from a single speed perspective and look for my reviews of the following races in the future! Keep it real and RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT!

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About Racerx

An Arizona native, Jeff has been mountain biking and racing since 1997. A father of 2 awesome children Ryder and Skylar. He is the owner of Excelnet Media, an Internet Marketing company.

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  1. Cozmic Coyote aka Roy Edwards says:

    My organization ORBA and its spin off organization MBAA and its members helped designed and build these trails at White Tanks amd put on the first Mnt Bike races here,,,special thanks 2 Margret and David Clayton.

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  2. The latest work on it has made it easier then it has ever been. Used to be the river bed crossing took a hard run and a good line, now it is speed! The track is in great shape, just get there early to beat the heat.

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  3. mesquite trail has been redone on top. Hike a bike for 5 minutes on the bottom the rest is ridable. From mesquite hit goat camp to just past mile 3. The goat camp loop is very rough. I turn around at mile 3 on goat camp back down willow canyon back to mesquite. Probably the best trail in valley. Other than hike a bike the down hill is mind blowing with panoramic views and 2000 plus vertical feet.

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  4. This trail was pretty fun I’d say its for medium experience riders. The Sanoran Loop was a smooth and rough uphill half way and then a mostly smooth downhill with great views and challenging drops. There could have been less rocks but what can you do. We also rode to the waterfall that was a great ride and a cool site to see. Its about a mile long gradual uphill reach the waterfall and head back down fast! The waterfall trail is smooth with no rocks, an easy favorite.

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  5. The competative loop is perfect for intermediate weekend warriors to advanced riders wanting to get thier game on and have a blast bombing up and down the trail, has a nice bit in the biggining for a warm up and then all fun breaks loose! keep your eyes peeled open in the beginning for a small but fun jump to the right! Hard tail friendly, Dualie recommended! there are a few hair raising climbs but the grandaddy of all climbs is on the competative loop near the middle! It shure gets your heart rate up! Dont forget to checkout the view on top its beautifull!there are some muy fun obstacles to clear no sweat! Definately NOT a bigginer trail. 4/5*

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  6. For the BEST SINGLE TRACK RIDE IN ALL OF PHOENIX, make a lollipop out of the following trails at white tank mountain regional park: MESQUITE CANYON -> FORD CANYON -> WILLOW CANYON -> MESQUITE CANYON

    There may be a few hikers on this trail, but most times I’ve ridden it i’ve had it all to myself. Start out at parking area 7 and begin the nice warmup climb up mesquite canyon trail. Soon the trail gets steeper and a little more tech with some switchbacks, before reaching an brief section of hike a bike. Those who are easily discouraged would probably turn around here and in doing so would end up missing some of the sweetest desert canyon single track the sonoran desert has to offer. After about 1/4 mile hike a bike the trail becomes rideable again.

    Of note, the last time I rode this trail they had a Bobcat tractor in the middle of the trail and they were trying to smooth it out, so the previously mandatory hike a bike may now be rideable. I haven’t been back to check yet.

    Pedal the rolling climb another 1 1/2 mile to the intersection with willow canyon trail. Stay left for now, you will be coming back to this intersection to complete the loop. Good place to slurp some H20 and begin the long uphill climb. Pretty much follow the single track until you reach the saddle. Relatively slow easy climb. Continue over the saddle and start downhill but keep your eyes peeled for the junction with ford canyon trail coming in on the right hand side of the trail. Turn right here onto ford canyon trail and continue the downhill to a usually dry and sandy creek bed. After a brief uphill climb, turn right onto willow canyon trail.

    Willow canyon trail makes the long slog uphilll more than worth the effort. This is the best single track in phoenix. Enjoy the downhill back to the junction with mesquite canyon trail. Turn left down mesquite canyon trail back to your car and your hopefully still cold beer!

    This ride usually takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete depending on how often you stop and the fitness level of the riders in your group. I’ve done it in as fast as an 52 minutes with darkness creeping in, but puked at the top of the saddle. Wouldn’t recommend that pace.

    Enjoy

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  7. Pissed off, we needed to get out cause of emergancy and found out they lock the campers in, no way out and we couldnt even get to the park host. WILL NOT BE BACK. It should be illegal to look ppl in.

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