If you’ve ever done one of the shorter trails in the White Tank Mountains, and you wondered what it would be like to explore the depths of the mountains, Goat Camp Trail is one great (but long) option for really seeing what the White Tanks are all about. If you are a visitor to Phoenix, and you are looking for a long, challenging hike that showcases the Sonoran Desert, and includes exceptional views of the Western part of the city, this is a great option. It is along with the other long hikes in the White Tank Mountains, such as Ford Canyon.
At about 11.5 miles, this trek does require a shuttle to avoid walking along the road. But the trail will take you up into the mountains, close to the towers that you can make out from the city. After pushing up into near-summit areas of the White Tanks, you will come back down through the boulder strewn Mesquite Canyon. It’s an all-around challenging and rewarding route.
Keep reading if you’d like the low-down on this hike, or you just want to see what this exceptional place looks like.
Why You Will (And Won’t) Love Goat Camp Trail
Goat Camp Trail is a long, challenging and beautiful trail that will take you up into the heights of the White Tank Mountains. There are almost endless amazing views of the Sonoran Desert and the Phoenix-metro area here.
If you are looking for a route among the long hikes in the White Tank Mountains, but you want something less technical than Ford Canyon, this is the one for you. The loop described here is more than 11 miles long, with lots of elevation gain (and loss). But it doesn’t have any scrambling.
And if you are looking for a quiet route, this is also a great option. With the exception of the trailheads, there aren’t many people who choose to do this entire trail. So, along with the challenge you will get some solitude.