White Tank mountain regional park is located to the west of Phoenix. There is a 6$ per car charge to use the park.there are a couple of trail options.
I set out in the morning to go get a quick ride in at the Sonoran competitive track. This trail was a fun warm up, but short and easy. Mainly consisting of fast double track with some fun dips and rollers, but offering 2 technical sections as o options. The two tech options are fun additions to the trail and would recommend them.
The outermost loop was about 13 km and took about 45min, its a good warm up for any of the other trails in the park.
Corner/jump on the technical loop.
Later that day, myself and Firth went back to the park to check out what the rest of the trails have to offer.
We had been pointed in the direction of the Mesquite Canyon trail. The trail meanders up through the canyon/valley with some tight switchbacks and rocky outcrops. It is a steep technical climb for the first few km’s them mellows out to a consistent uphill pitch for the next 8 or so km’s.
We climbed for the better park of 13lm, with Firth riding ahead at a ridiculous speed, then returning to greet me….only to do it again and again.
After having one or two conversations over weather to turn around or keep climbing, we finally decided to make the turn at the 13km mark.
The last rays on the trail.
It was getting pretty dark by this point in our eve as we started to descend. Just as things were beginning to have fun, PPPPPPPSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Doah! A hole in my brand new tire that STANS wouldn’t solve. We fixed up the flat and popped a tube in and continued to rip down. This trail was painful on the way up, but pretty fun on the way down. By now we had gotten into very little light and the trail was getting tough to seem the perfect time for another flat tire…… popped in a new tube, got er rolling only to have to walk down the technical descent via cellphone flashlight app.
We finally got back to the car a good 1.5hr after dark……
Although we didn’t get to enjoy most of the descent it made for a fun adventure and a good spring ass kicking of a ride.