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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hiking in the White Tanks, Waddell, AZ

Weather is predicted to be in the low 70s this weekend which makes it a perfect weekend to enjoy a hike in the great outdoors.

Waterfall Trail is located in the White Tank Mountains, northwest of Phoenix. The hike is considered an easy one, and is just less than 2 miles round trip. The first .4 mile in is barrier-free. At about the midway point to the end of the trail at the waterfall, you'll find Petroglyph Plaza. Waterfall Trail is one of the best areas in the Valley for seeing Hohokam petroglyphs.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park also offers approximately 25 miles of other 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 welcome, although caution is stressed as some of the trails may be extremely difficult.  The short loop of Black Rock Trail, which like the begin of  Waterfall trail is hard surfaced and barrier free, is about 1/2 mile long, begins at Ramada 4.

All trails are multi-use unless otherwise designated. All trail users are encouraged to practice proper trail etiquette.

Always remember to carry plenty of water and let someone know where you are going.

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