White Tanks - TRAIL

White Tanks - Trail, Phoenix, Arizona

Three loops ranging from about 2-6 miles. After short and bumpy very easy climb of about a half a mile trail becomes fast and rolling. This trail is used as a race course and is one-way, watch for horse's and hiker's.

User Reviews (14)

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Scott   Cross Country Rider [Jan 06, 2014]

Competition Track:
IMO, this trail is way to wide and straight to really even be considered a true mountain bike trail. If I wanted to hammer along in a straight line I'd go join the roadies on Maricopa Road on Sunday mornings. On the upside the technical spur was challenging and good fun.

I was also surprised at how dense the desert foliage was as compared to other trails in the Valley. It gave the trail a remote and untouched feeling. Great scenery.

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3
VALUE
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1
mpotter730   Weekend Warrior [Dec 25, 2010]

competitive track: found a little bit of everything here. Sandy washes, rugged rocks, smooth trail sections, climbs (nothing crazy), downhills (nothing major) good all around trail for a nice ride. There are several trails at the white tanks I have yet to try, this seems to be the most common for mountain bikers, called sonoran loop to my knowledge. All around decent trail, worth a try. I love the white tank mountains, set up well, with tons to do, check it out.

Customer Service

West on Olive, like 200th ave.

Similar Products Used: Estrella mountains, F.I.N.S, Keefer hill, Thunderbird park.
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4
VALUE
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4
HTMtbkr   Cross Country Rider [Jul 22, 2008]

You have a couple climbs that are somewhat rocky to reach the first tech section which will give most people a good challenge. Once you get out of that you have a nice, fast section which will bring you to the second technical section at the back of the park which features a nice switchback climb and a somewhat technical decent. All the way back is nice and fast with some fun sections.

Customer Service

Do the entire course. If you don't do both of the technical sections, this trail isn't much and you can find better stuff around.

Similar Products Used: Estrella Competitive Track is the closest trail.
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3
VALUE
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3
Jah Jah Man   Cross Country Rider [Jul 17, 2008]

I've been riding this track daily for some time, now. I find it to be a decent workout with some good short uphills and some technical sections that really aren't all that once you get used to them. Don't get me wrong, there is a learning curve to handling them, but once you get the hang of them, only your own foolishness is going to lead you astray. As it is labeled by the park as a "competitive track" and not a trail, it really isnt' meant for casual riding. One can ride elsewhere in the park on trails labeled for bikes for leisurely travel. You have to be in fairly good shape to tackle this one, so I wouldn't really attempt it as a first time off-road adventure. Navigation is fairly simple on this one-way track with signage at nearly every intersection. A left decision will lead you to the next intersection. A right decision will lead you back to the parking lot.

Customer Service

I usually do the technical section when I come to that decision and then stay left for the saddle/switchback section for a good uphill challenge. It may seem impossible and long the first few times you do it, but c'mon are you going to let that thing continue to beat you, or are you going to beat it? Stay in your saddle as you climb and try not to put your foot down as you tackle those switchbacks. The first climb is the longest and you get a little break between switchback 1 and 2. Stay outside toward the rock on switchback 2, make a quick right, and you've got yourself into position for the most difficult of the switchbacks, #3. You reserved some energy for #3, didn't you? Get enough speed going to make that tight left and then climb just a little bit more and you've made it atop the saddle. Take a break, you've earned it. The back side of the mountain offers some technical maneuvering with a couple of drops and mostly brake control type stuff. It gives you a chance to catch your breath and ready yourself for your trek back toward the parking lot. Around 6 miles total.

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4
VALUE
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4
Mephistopheles   Cross Country Rider [Jun 02, 2008]

I've recently started riding this trail on a hardtail a few times a week. I find it challenging enough with the pace of the climbs and technical maneuverability required, especially the switchback trail climb that was added after the short technical section. (It actually comes a bit afterwards, not right away). I nearly always just choose the leftmost path that I can when it comes to the decisions. Yep, that means the technical section, too. Don't let the name scare you. Can you get hurt? Most definitely, but It actually isn't as technical as some of the regular trail sections afterwards. Signage is available at nearly every intersection throughout the trail and you can always choose the right path and you will eventually reach the parking lot where you started. If you start out at the trailhead, skip the technical section, and choose the rightmost path, it's about 3 miles. If you want to do more, just make a different decision. I really couldn't recommend this one-way trail to the novice rider, or someone who hasn't ridden in awhile, as many of the climbs involve "death cookies" (rocks around the size of your fists) which you must navigate through. It isn't really a leisurely-type trail. The park has other trails for that, but even at those, you need to be in riding shape before you tackle anything here.

Customer Service

The leftmost path. Don't worry, I stopped on first sight of seeing some of the trail, too. I even had some "you've got to be kidding me's". There is a learning curve, but don't give up until you've at least tried it a couple of times. There are some rewards. I'm worlds apart from where I started believe me. Oh, and I wouldn't waste my time riding the trail if I didn't think it was worth it. Is it going to be the best trail you've ever ridden on? Probably not.

Similar Products Used: I'm in the process of trying other trails in the park. I can't recommend the very first trail that you come to in the park on the left. It's just too rocky. I tried the Ford Canyon trail, a little, but I was running out of daylight, so only got a couple miles into it. It's not bad. Some good climbs over "death cookies", of course. I'll try it again. The Mesquite trail could be more of the same.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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4
travis   Weekend Warrior [Dec 12, 2007]

THIS TRAIL IS AWESOME!!!IT IS A VERY FAST AND FUN TRAIL WITH A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING FOR EVERY STYLE OF RIDER. IT HAS TWO GOOD TECH SECTIONS THAT ARE VERY FUN ALTHOUGH INTERMIDS AND ADVANCE RIDERS SHOULD ONLY DO THEM. AT TIMES CAN BE ROCKY AND WILL CHANGE WITH EVERY RAIN SO WERE YOUR HELMET. FOR THOUGHS HATERS THAT BELIEVE THE TRAIL IS TO SHORT AT ABOUT 7 TO 8 MILES(WITH TECH LOOPS) RIDE IT TWICE AND FEEL THE BURN THE SECOND TIME UP THE SWITCH BACKS....LOL

Customer Service

RIDE IT ALL AND HAVE FUN

Similar Products Used: MCDOWELL OR SOUTH MOUNTAIN
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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4
Dustin   Downhiller [Nov 07, 2007]

The trail is not for what type of rider i'am or what I do when i ride i get tired a lot but in the other hands its a fun course for a cross-country rider that does not like going big and taking massive drops like my self but fun anyways go with any trail there all great but not for me.

Customer Service

IDK

Similar Products Used: IDK
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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4
Chainsuck   [Mar 22, 1999]

No difficulties-- Let 'er rip. Good for a nice leg stretch.

Customer Service

It's one-way! Stay to the left!

Similar Products Used: McDowell Mtns - Pemberton Trail
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2
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W. Warren   [Mar 26, 1999]

Nice calm trail to take out newbies on, loop is only about 5.5 mi with extra "technical section". Fast and simple no real climbs just rolling single and double track. Nice park.

Customer Service

Left, definetaly do the "technical" section, makes trail a little more exciting. Watch for rattlers.

Similar Products Used: Hawes Trail, Mc Dowell Competitive loops.
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2
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Brad   [May 01, 1999]

Very easy course overall, 2 sections that will challenge your skills on loose rock and gravel. I now know why people like f/s bikes! the first time I have ridden on rock that will rattle your brain. Very scenic for those not used to the desert terrain,easy fun ride

Customer Service

Take the technical portion to simply get a longer ride

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2
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