Ascent of Barry Goldwater Peak on 2012-02-07
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, February 7, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Barry Goldwater Peak|
| Elevation:||4083 ft / 1244 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI hiked to the high point of the Barry Goldwater Peak from the White Tank Mountains Regional Park. This is a nice park west of Phoenix that is very popular with hikers, bikers, horse riders, and other desert lovers. The daily entry fee is $6, but I was camping. It cost $17 to camp and that includes the daily fee. The campground has 40 spots and they are distributed in a large area so that it feels like there is some privacy. There is only water at teh campsite, no power, but there are hot showers and flush toilets available for free.
After camping the first night I went to the the Ramada Way picnic area off of Waterfall Canyon Road and started my hike. At the end of the parking lot is the signed Mesquite Canyon TH. Wlak through the little wash and then turn left. This is a great trail and I followed it for 5 miles. It intersects the Willow Canyon Trail at about 1.8 miles and the Ford Canyon/Goat Camp Trail at about 4.2 miles. Go straight at each of these intersections and go about anothe .8 mile to a saddle that is just before the big mountain that is covered with comm towers. This point that is covered with towers is not the highest point of the White Tank Mountains. The pointy looking peak to the right with about 5 towers is the real high point. Do not go any further on the park trail. There are a couple cairns at this point and a faint trail going to the right. Take this faint trail. It is an old jeep trail, but it has been reclaimed by the desert and it is hard to follow in places. I was happy to find that someone cairned the route and that helped immensely. Follow this cairned route until you get to the road going up to the true high point. Follow the road to the top by going left at the first fork and right at the next fork. Great views from the summit. The wind was blowing and it was cold when I was up there, so I didn't stay long. I signed the register beneath "Dori, the hiking fool" who claimed his 77th ascent the day before I climbed. There are some ups and downs along the way and my GPS said the route was a couple miles longer than others indicated. Nice hike with lots of people on the trail to socialize with.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2775 ft / 845 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||13.2 mi / 21.2 km|
| Route:||Mesquite Trail|
| Trailhead:||1308 ft / 398 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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