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Hiking in the White Tank Mountains

I brought Neo and Maggie on a real long hiking trip in the White Tank Mountains.  The total trail distance was 8.5 miles.  It was sunny and about 70 degrees outside, we got started at 11:30am.  I bought my Camelbak full of water, I think I brought a total of 150 oz. of water, a roast beef sub, and an apple.

The trail is call the Ford Canyon trail and is marked in light blue on the map below.  The hiked began at the PARKING spot for cars and for the first 3 miles it was an easy hike.  Once we reached the Hazardous section it was slow going.  The trail had many difficult climbs that gave the dogs a challenge.

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This is the start of the hazardous section.¬† You can see that it’s all uphill and very rocky.¬† At this point Maggie was already tired.¬† We stopped and had a quick snack.

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The dam consisted of many large rock formations that were over 10 feet high and very steep.  I climbed up the rocks myself and went to put my backpack down.  When I turned around Neo had climbed it himself and Maggie was halfway up.  The picture below is what I say when I turned around.  On the other side of that rock is a 10 foot drop.

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 Here is another wall that Neo climbed.  I had to carry Maggie up most of them.  The next picture is the watering hole.  We met a bunch of campers that were fixing the trails.  Here is Neo relaxing in the watering hole.

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After the tough part, the trail was smooth and easy.  It seemed like a real long way home from the watering hole.  Maggie was walking so slow at this point.  The entire hike took us 6 hours!

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Some videos of the hike.


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