With cooling temperatures and October nearly upon us, why not celebrate the fall season with a trip to Maricopa County’s largest regional park? Volunteers at the White Tank Mountains are hosting a variety of events throughout the month of October for hikers of all levels. The park is located at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd. in Waddell. Please note that all starred events require pre-registration.
Guided nature walk at Goat Camp Trail**
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. | Join Ranger JD for an easy-paced, guided walk along the Goat Camp Trail to learn about the plants, animals, ecology and history of White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Hikers will meet in Area 1 of the park. Bring water, sunscreen and wear closed-toed shoes. Registration required. Call the park Nature Center at 602-506-2930, extension 5 to register.
What is in my pack? Hiking 101
Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, 9-11 a.m. | Are you prepared for a hike in the desert? Join volunteer Joe to learn what should always be in your pack, how to read a map, first aid and hydration Stop by, chat with us, and learn how a little hiking preparation can go a long way. Hikers will meet at Waterfall trailhead (33.6163762527374, -112.51106233235028). Pre-registration not required.
Snakes and Skulls of White Tank Mountains
Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, 9-10 a.m. | Come chat with park volunteer Chuck and Betty about snakes and animal skulls! We will be at Waterfall trailhead providing information and a chance for a unique look at our friends of the Sonoran Desert. Pre-registration not required.
Searching for Scorpions: Blackrock Loop**
Friday, Oct. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. | Load up the kids and join us for a walk along the Blackrock Loop, where we will look for scorpions and experience the desert at night. This will be an easy 2-mile walk. Bring your scorpion light and please wear close-toed shoes. Dogs are not allowed. Hikers will meet at Area 4. Pre-registration required. Call the park Nature Center at 602-506-2930, extension 5 to register.
Discover Wildlife Trail**
Oct. 22, 2021, 7:30-9:15 a.m. | Join Ranger JD for an easy-paced, guided walk along Wildlife Trail to learn about the plants, animals, ecology, and history of White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Hikers will meet at Trailhead Staging (33.5871978°N, 112.4996485°W). Bring water, sunscreen and wear close-toed shoes. Pre-registration required. Call the park Nature Center at 602-506-2930, extension 5 to register.