Hike up White canyon near Phoenix, Arizona.
The White Canyon Wilderness is not well known among most Arizona hikers, which makes it an especially good place to find desert solitude. The best time to take this hike is in the Spring, hopefully after some rains. When we took this hike in February, it was a few days after some heavy rains and as a result, water was flowing throughout the canyon. From the small parking area, try to find a worn trail headed up canyon. After about a hundred yards, there is a trail register. You'll notice this trail does not get many visitors. You'll need good route finding skills for this hike to stay on the easiest path. Expect some minor bushwhacking and boulder hopping on this hike. If you were able to time this hike well, there are several lovely pools of water and even some waterfalls. Cairns will frequently point the fastest method up canyon, so keep a sharp eye out for them. The turn around point is arbitrary. We turned around when the cairns disappeared and the scrambling and bushwhacking became unpleasant.