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Level: Intermediate
Length: 28 mi (45.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +175/173 ft
Total: 25 riders
 

Mountain Biking White Tanks Regional Park Trails

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#51 of 422 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#1356 in the world

I have not ridden these trails yet, but I was surprised that they were not listed yet on the ST's database. There are 28 miles of multi-use trails in the park, not including the park's Competitive Loop which is already listed on Singletracks. Many of the trails are pretty remote and look much more interesting to me than the Competitive Loop. So I post these trails hoping to stir some interest in the area.

There looks to be a pretty challenging outer loop, starting near the entrance of the park, going up Goats Camp trail to Ford Canyon Trail and then Mule Deer back to one's car. That would be about 16 miles long most in desert backcountry.

If that didn't work, Mesquite to Ford Canyon to Wildlife trails might make a nice lariat. Or a loop of up Mesquite and down Goat Camp.

First added by mongwolf on May 2, 2020. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
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Take Olive Avenue into the White Tanks Regional Park. It's about five miles west of the 303 Loop.
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  • Josh L
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    I was disappointed at first, the trail description led me to believe that this would be more flowy singletrack. This is great for any beginner to come out and build their skill or for an advanced rider to pedal hard for that lung burning cardio workout. Parking lot is huge with a nice kiosk and descriptive trail map, signage on the trail was very good and easy to follow.

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  • Josh L
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    I attended a small MTB festival here and was impressed with the total package provided within the Park. The campground was well maintained and the bathrooms very clean. Parking was abundant and the Trail head maps were very legible and clear in showcasing the trails. On the trails the markings were excellent. The whole park provides terrain for all ability levels and all types of riders. There are beginner friendly trails, technical trails, long flowy XC trails, and some really fun and techy endure sections. Come out and enjoy.

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  • agirlcyclist
    *****

    Wide trail with excellent signage. Maps. Plenty of parking and modern clean bathrooms. I loved it.

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  • BlackPearlHawk

    The Bajada Trail @ White Tanks Regional Park looks like a flat, sandy beginner trail, but due to the heavy horse traffic the trail is rutted down the center in many areas and large rocks need to be carefully attacked by judging whether or not to ride up and over or in between. Keep your speed up and watch ahead or you could end up meeting a Cholla cactus up close and personal.! The grade is not steep, but the numerous rocky areas make it a great way to measure your technical abilities. A rockin' and rollin' little trail that is a great warm up, or a challenge for a beginner.

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter

    There is a map available at the pay gate when you enter the park ($6 fee per car). Here is the same map online http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/assets/1/6/white-tank-8x113.pdf

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter
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    Not a bad little trail system, but it is mostly double-wide and jeep trail. There is some true singletrack (maybe 1.5 mile), and it is good. The one mile long "technical segment" is intermediate, not advanced trail, but it is mostly fun rocky singletrack.

    The most technical portion of the system is singletrack at the back of the system (north end) where the trail goes up and down a small pass. This is a really fun technical stretch of trail maybe a 1/2 mile long. A couple of short stretches on this are advanced, but again, any intermediate rider can ride this section with a dismount or two maybe.

    The rest of the trails in the system are wide and go in and out of little washes on relatively flat land. You can get a lot of speed pedaling and have some good fun plunging into the washes as fast as you can.

    Here is a link for a map of the system, but you can also get a map from the pay station as you enter the park ($6 fee). Make sure you ask for the competitive track map
    http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/assets/1/6/white-tank-competitive-8x112.pdf

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  • Tyler_Hero
    *****

    I marked it expert because there is a trail only for those who are weathered riders, however with that said intermediate riders should check this out. There is a $6 charge at the entrance but it is worth it. Best trail I've ridden.

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  • MatthewKvilvang
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    Very fun trail. No HaB spots and very fast. $6.00 park fee kinda bummed me out. But its cheap. A few competitions and races are held here even one with high school students only. Check out the NBAA website to see what these kids are up to.

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  • j5cencer
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    Fun fast trail. Great for a recovery ride. A few rough sections but mostly fast smooth riding. Great for a light hardtail! Trail is very well marked and shows the flow of direction. Impossible to get lost just always remember that turning right will be a faster way home and turning left will be more technical sections. Also, four tagged mountain lions do live out here. Although sightings are not common they are out there. Always keep your wits about you and carry some pepper spray. Be on your highest caution in the early mornings. Other than that this is a fun trail worth a try.

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  • TellurideFreeride
    ****

    found this trail to be rather easy. not to many tough spots. Starts as a dirt road then turns to single tracks. Definately worth riding, but i wasn't too stoked on the $6 park fee. Check out south mountain* Review edited 10/20/2012

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