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White Tanks

Average Rating:    (2.79 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

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.
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Latitude
33.58731034060801
Longitude
-112.50120162963867
Trail Directions
west Of Phoenix on Olive Ave. about a 30 minute drive to park entrance.Take park road to end of park, plenty of parking and clearly marked.
Trail Length
miles from 2-6
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Phoenix
   


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Review Date
January 6, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Scott ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
December 25, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mpotter730 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
West on Olive, like 200th ave.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Estrella mountains, F.I.N.S, Keefer hill, Thunderbird park.



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Review Date
July 22, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: HTMtbkr ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Estrella Competitive Track is the closest trail.



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Review Date
July 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jah Jah Man ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
March 6, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Bob , from Surprise, AZ

Summary:
Regarding the "Fags R Us" comment, I did ride upon a pair of likewise gendered lovers during a mid-week ride. But they were both female! What a find... (unfortunately, they weren't vixens) Anyway, this trail (the technical part included) isn't too bad. When I first moved here from Illinois, it was a killer; but then again, when I first moved here everything was a killer. It's completely rideable - even for me - and that says a lot. If you are a novice, you may want to forgo the technical section, and definately wear a helmet! Overall not a bad trail and will cost a little lung getting up the switchback - up, up, up - trail. I give it three stars because, although it is fun to ride, it's a bit short.

Recommended Route:
Park your car immediately inside the park entrance and ride to the bike trail. It will add about seven miles to your ride, and allow you a warm-up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Too many to mention.



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