5 miles
Distance
1,675 ft
Climb
-284 ft
Descent
01:15:23
Avg time

Mesquite Canyon Details

  • Riding area
    White Tank Regional Park
    Waddell, Arizona
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking

Mesquite Canyon is arguable one of the best single track climbs in the Valley. It begins gently until you cross the Waddell trail intersection. At that point, the trail climbs about 700' in 1 mile and is very steep in sections. This section of trail has been smoothed out and is nearly ridable the whole way these days. After that the trail continues to climb up, up and away. You can add some extra climb by riding Goat Camp out three miles, then returning back. Willow Canyon is a great alternate way back down. Very beautiful and remote. Not recommended for beginners, this is tough physical climb and takes some good technical skills to get back down.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Mesquite Canyon mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,391 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,452 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,906 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,454 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,844 ft
  • Grade
    5.32%
  • Grade max
    -88.815%
  • Grade min
    101.077%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3,894 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,528 ft
  • Avg time
    01:15:23
  • Avg reverse time
    00:36:55
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Status:
on Jun 9, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 4 (4 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to mesquite-canyon trailhead (33.587360, -112.499800)
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Mesquite Canyon Trail Reports

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Jun 9, 2018 @ 9:32am
Jun 9, 2018
Dry and dusty, great trail, 10/10 would recommend!
Apr 17, 2018 @ 6:00am
Apr 17, 2018
First time here, great trail a lot of fun!
Apr 12, 2018 @ 10:09am
Apr 12, 2018
reporter The county camp host did some preventative maintenance recently. The trail is in fantastic shape. Super fast.
Feb 27, 2018 @ 7:03pm
Feb 27, 2018
reporter
The rains have cleared off the moon dust and made this climb even better.
Sep 30, 2017 @ 5:21am
Sep 30, 2017
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Routes with this trail

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Mesquite Canyon Partial Loop
10 miles

2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 2
flag lightningskull (Dec 27, 2016 at 18:21)
 Well graded climb/descent with some challenging sections linked with smoother sections in the upper reaches.
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  • + 0
flag 757Driver WVTA (Feb 27, 2018 at 19:01)
 Some recent trail work after the fenced switchbacks have made this awesome climb better. Still tough but sustainable.
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