Waterfall Trail

  • 01 of 09

    Waterfall Trail

    Waterfall Trail
    Take a Petroglyph Hike in the White Tank Mountains The first 1/3 mile of Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountains is a wide, sandy, barrier-free trail. White Tanks Waterfall Trail Image © 2007 Chelsie Kenyon, used with permission.

    Take an Easy Hike in the White Tank Mountains of Arizona

    Waterfall Trail is located in the White Tank Mountains, northwest of Phoenix. The hike is considered an easy one, and is just less than 2 miles round trip. The first .4 mile in is barrier-free. At about the midway point to the end of the trail at the waterfall, you'll find Petroglyph Plaza. Waterfall Trail is one of the best areas in the Valley for seeing Hohokam petroglyphs. Here is a map of the area of the White Tank Mountains where you can find the Waterfall Trail.

    These photos of Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountains, northwest of Phoenix, were provided courtesy of Chelsie Kenyon.

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  • 02 of 09

    Waterfall Trail

    Waterfall Trail
    Take a Petroglyph Hike in the White Tank Mountains A petroglyph is a marking carved into a rock usually using a stone tool. Some of the petroglyphs found in the Phoenix area were made 10,000 years ago. White Tanks Waterfall Trail Image © 2007 Chelsie Kenyon, used with permission.

    These photos of Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountains, northwest of Phoenix, were provided courtesy of Chelsie Kenyon.

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  • 03 of 09

    Waterfall Trail

    Waterfall Trail
    Take a Petroglyph Hike in the White Tank Mountains The biggest concentration of petroglyphs on the Waterfall Trail are found at Petroglyph Plaza. White Tanks Waterfall Trail Image © 2007 Chelsie Kenyon, used with permission.

    These photos of Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountains, northwest of Phoenix, were provided courtesy of Chelsie Kenyon.

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  • 04 of 09

    Waterfall Trail

    Waterfall Trail
    Take a Petroglyph Hike in the White Tank Mountains Chelsie Kenyon, the photographer, offered this tip: "I would definitely recommend doing this hike in cool weather as the first 3/4 of the path is in open sunlight and no shade except for one of the sitting areas. And by cool I mean 70 degrees or less.". White Tanks Waterfall Trail Image © 2007 Chelsie Kenyon, used with permission.

    These photos of Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountains, northwest of Phoenix, were provided courtesy of Chelsie Kenyon.

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  • 05 of 09

    Waterfall Trail

    Waterfall Trail
    Take a Petroglyph Hike in the White Tank Mountains After the first 1/3 of a mile the path becomes increasingly rocky. Good tennis shoes or hiking boots are recommended. White Tanks Waterfall Trail Image © 2007 Chelsie Kenyon, used with permission.

    These photos of Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountains, northwest of Phoenix, were provided courtesy of Chelsie Kenyon.

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  • 06 of 09

    Waterfall Trail

    Waterfall Trail
    Take a Petroglyph Hike in the White Tank Mountains At about halfway into the hike the trail makes a turn to the right, but behind the shrubs in front of you and to the left you can see a gorge in the rocks, and it's all white. That is why they call it the "White Tanks.". White Tanks Waterfall Trail Image © 2007 Chelsie Kenyon, used with permission.

    These photos of Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountains, northwest of Phoenix, were provided courtesy of Chelsie Kenyon.

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  • 07 of 09

    Waterfall Trail

    Waterfall Trail
    Take a Petroglyph Hike in the White Tank Mountains The last part of the trail becomes increasingly rocky and there are large boulders and rock formations that you must climb to continue. White Tanks Waterfall Trail Image © 2007 Chelsie Kenyon, used with permission.

    These photos of Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountains, northwest of Phoenix, were provided courtesy of Chelsie Kenyon.

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  • 08 of 09

    Waterfall Trail

    Waterfall Trail
    Take a Petroglyph Hike in the White Tank Mountains On weekends it is very busy on the trail. Weekdays are quieter and you can go for long stretches without seeing anyone. There are restrooms and a picnic area at the start of the trail, and a covered playground and BBQ area just past the trail entrance. White Tanks Waterfall Trail Image © 2007 Chelsie Kenyon, used with permission.

    These photos of Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountains, northwest of Phoenix, were provided courtesy of Chelsie Kenyon.

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  • 09 of 09

    Waterfall Trail

    Waterfall Trail
    Take a Petroglyph Hike in the White Tank Mountains At the end of Waterfall Trail is, of course, the waterfall! But you'll only see water flowing there after there has been a heavy rain. Not today, unfortunately. White Tanks Waterfall Trail Image © 2007 Chelsie Kenyon, used with permission.

    These photos of Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountains, northwest of Phoenix, were provided courtesy of Chelsie Kenyon.