Our Christmas Eve tradition is to snow show, when possible. Our three years in Texas didn’t allow us to snow shoe as no snow could be found. This year, the rains came, making everything messy here in Arizona. We will have an SOS mission soon: in search of snow! For now, we decided to try a local hike we’ve never done before called Waterfall Canyon, located in the White Tank Mountains Regional Park. It’s just off the 303 in Waddell. We took the Northern Avenue exit to connect with Olive Avenue, and that dropped us right into the park (follow brown signs for the park): 20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355.
Your humans will need $5 for the entrance fee. The park has tons of picnic spots and restrooms for the humans. They always appreciate that. As for us canines, we are free, baby! We can leave our mark wherever we choose. Just be sure your humans pick up the poop. No, they aren’t collecting it, silly. They remove it so humans don’t step in it. As much as we enjoy smelling what we’ve each been up to, they don’t like it so much.
Anyway, since Christmas was nearly here, a lot of humans were out with their families. This meant I got petted and adored by many! I roll with it. Check my Facebook page for some pictures of my new friends (Kuma the Dog).
The Waterfall Canyon Trail can be started at the main restroom or at the trail parking lot. We went to the lot, and that shaved about a mile off. The trail is nice and easy with a slight incline up through the desert to granite rock, which is what gives the mountain range their name. The granite is light colored and almost white in spots. Along the way, we saw lava rock, which we always think is cool. We could parts of Phoenix off in the distance below.
At the one mile mark, you ascend to the area where an 80-foot waterfall can appear. Even though we had a lot of rain, we missed it. Apparently, it only makes appearance once in a while. Quite elusive! However, a pond had formed perfect for a quick dip. Yup, I jumped in! Live life and seize the moment I say!
In total, the round trip is only two miles from the trail head parking lot. If you want a little longer hike, you can park further out or get a map for other options. It’s a great place to spend the day with family!
Santa did come…oh boy oh boy! My daddy got a new hiking book, so we will have many new hikes to explore in 2017. Stay tuned to my blog and watch my Face book page. You never know where I will be! Here’s to a healthy and happy New Year! Woof.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!