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“A Remote, Off the Beaten Path Summit Adventure to the Top of Barry Goldwater Peak, Highest Point in the White Tank Mountains, White Tanks Regional Park, Waddell, AZ! The White Tanks Regional Park, on the far west side of Phoenix, rests in the remote and rugged White Tank Mountains and is the largest regional park consisting of approximately 30,000 acres and roughly 30 miles of maintained trails. The journey along the Goat Camp Trail through Goat Camp Canyon is a strenuous and challenging climb to the top of Barry Goldwater Peak, and 4,083 feet in elevation, the highest point in the White Tank Mountain range offering as a reward…..beautiful, expansive and pristine wilderness views of the far western White Tanks Mountains, the Estrella Mountains to the south as well as the entire Gila River Basin and Phoenix Valley! So if you’re up for a rugged, remote and off the beaten path summit adventure, with pristine wilderness scenery and expansive mountain top views, then come out to the far west side and join us for a great day and an amazing adventure…..through Goat Camp Canyon and to the top of Barry Goldwater Peak, in the rugged and remote, White Tank Mountains Wilderness! Total Estimated Hiking Distance: 13.6 miles RT Total Hiking Time: 6-7 hours Total Elevation Gain: 3000 feet Difficulty: Difficult-Strenuous, Off Trail-Bushwhacking, Boulder-Hopping, Out-and-Back We will meet at the designated meet up location then carpool together into the park and GC trailhead parking lot. There is $7 fee for visiting the White Tank Regional Park. Restroom facilities are available within the park. Please come prepared for a long day’s journey with plenty of water, protein, carbs, energy snacks and electrolytes are highly recommended. This route will entail some off trail, bushwhacking, boulder-hopping, 1/2 mile. Pictures are always highly encouraged so long as we remain aware of the time to ensure a safe group return within a reasonable round-trip hiking time. We will take a break for snacks and pictures and regrouping up at the summit. After the hike, we will plan on getting together for lunch to celebrate, at Dillon's KC BBQ, ("Shark Tank"), World Wildlife Zoo, and return to Phoenix by late afternoon. For more information about Dillon's@The Zoo, including menu, address and directions, go to http://dillonsrestaurant.com/wildlifezoo/. GROUP PACE: For hiking adventures, we do not trail run. Therefore, if you average 3+ mph, you may be ahead of the group. If you hike 2 mph or slower, you may be behind the group. Hike at the pace which is most comfortable to you but please note, you are responsible for yourself should you lose the group and are not familiar with the route. Please research before you come by reviewing the resources and logistical information and PLEASE COME PREPARED! If you have any questions about the difficulty, experience and fitness level advisable for this event, please contact the organizer. You are responsible for your own safety. Please ask questions regarding any concerns you might have, prior to attending. For more information about the Goat Camp Canyon Trail to Barry Goldwater Peak in the White Tanks Regional Park, including map and driving directions, please go to: https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15608 https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/white-tank-mountain-regional-park/ https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/assets/1/6/white-tank-8x11.pdf Looking forward to a great day and an amazing summit adventure...and a whole lot of fun, friendship and camaraderie, hiking with all of you! Cheers! 😊 Laura
*** Strenuous Hike*** Please answer the questions during the RSVP. Let's enjoy the 360-degree views from the top of Picacho Peak. This is a challenging hike that involves steep switchbacks, rock scrambles, climbing up several cableways with an elevation change of 1,600 feet. Total distance is 2.9 miles round-trip and takes about 3 to 3.5 hours to complete depending on how fast we hike and how long we linger at the peak. Steep Inclines, switchbacks, handrails, rock scrambles, cables, narrow bridges all my favorite crazy things to add fun to a fabulous day of hiking with friends! *** Not recommended for inexperienced hikers, or if you have a fear of heights*** Leave the poles at home or be able to stash them in your pack, you will be using your hands! If you plan to carpool meet at the carpool area and plan to leave promptly, it should take about an hour to get to the park entrance. If you plan to meet at the trail head the park address is 15520 Picacho Peak Rd, Picacho, AZ 85141. Head to Hunter Trail parking area 2nd left past the pay gate. Please post if you plan to meet at car pool or trailhead parking lot. What to bring: Gloves Sturdy hiking shoes 3 liters of water Camera Snacks Hat Sunscreen oh yeah did I say gloves? https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=65 Hike AZ description • Important to know $7.00 park entrance fee per vehicle (1-4 adults)
We will meet by 7:45am at the Starbucks at Anthem Way and arrange carpools. It is a 75 miles drive. Approximate time to the trailhead is 9:15-9:20am. Moderate difficulty – However, our group generally goes at a good pace. As the weather warms up, let’s go to the forest and hike up Spruce Mountain. The Groom Creek Loop Trail #307 starts at a trailhead south of Prescott. It is about 10 miles total. The gains with ups and downs is about 1,700’. From where I plan to meet in Anthem, it is about a 90-minute drive. The hike is dog friendly. I am still learning the Prescott area, so this will help me better understand the area so I can take groups on future hikes up here. READ THE FOLLOWING: The Organizer of this trip is a VOLUNTEER, not a "leader". The organizer IS NOT trained in first aid and is not a bonded expert mountain guides. You will need to bring your own experience and judgment. If you want to enjoy the benefits of traveling in a group, then we suggest that you stay with the group on the trip. Assess the route and conditions as if you were going to do this trip solo About your organizer: My name is Dan. I am relatively new to the Phoenix area (came here early 2017). I have organized over 80 hikes for Meet Up – mostly in the Sierra Nevada region and in Northern Nevada. I tend to choose mountain summits I have never done before. I do as much preparation and mapping as I can to make sure we take the correct trails. However, when hiking a new mountain, there are always surprises and unknowns.
Details March: Worm Moon Native Americans called this last full moon of winter the worm moon after the worm trails that would appear in the newly thawed ground. Other names include chaste moon, death moon, crust moon (a reference to snow that would become crusty as it thawed during the day and froze at night), and sap moon, after the tapping of the maple trees. To Kayak with us, You - must be able to swim, - wear a life jacket (PFD;s) must be worn properly at all times, and - have viewable lights on your PFD and Kayak • Have must have a whistle that functions when wet. LAKE: Canyon Lake Trailhead: Acacia Picnic Area (after Mile Marker 210 on SR88) Sun Sets at: 6:39 PM Moon Rises at: 6:32 PM This should be a Great Night to float under the full Moon. I've moved this to Canyon Lake as it is a prettier lake for a night paddle with places to stop for a picnic... Rules: • You should at least feel comfortable falling in the water until someone comes to assist you. • This event is not open to beginner paddlers who have only paddled a few times. • You must wear a Life Vest, • Lighting - • Group MUST stay together - NO WANDERING OFF, • Tonto Day or Annual Pass or a National Parks Pass, • plenty of snacks and water, • Please let me know if are an advanced paddler and or have additional training. You can pick one up a Tonto Pass at many convenience stores or Fry's or Circle K plus others. You can pick one up a Tonto Pass at many convenience stores or food stores such as Fry's or any place that displays the Tonto Pass Sold Here sign. Directions to Acacia Picnic area: Coming from Phoenix: - Take US60 East to exit 196 (Idaho) - Exit at 196 and make a left at the light (going north on Idaho) - About two miles turn right for SR88 - Stay on SR88 until you see Mile Marker 210. Right after MM 210 you will see the Acacia Picnic area on the left. CARPOOL LOCATION: We'll leave 45 minutes before the scheduled meetup at Address: The Carpool will meet at the new Fry's Marketplace in Apache Junction located at 150 E Old West Hwy, Apache Junction, AZ 85120 To get here, take US60 to Idaho, exit 196. Make a left at the light and take Ironwood north to the intersection of Idaho and Old West Highway (about 2 mile north of US60. As it is a large parking lot, lets meet at the GAS PUMPS. I will be in a silver 4Runner with one or two Kayaks on the roof (easy to see). If you want to meet at the carpool, please post so or I will go directly to the acacia picnic area. Release of Liability: • Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. • All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group. Please email or call me with any questions, or use the comment section. [masked] [masked]