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A must do for the 360 degree views of the Valley. Be ready to scramble and climb. Proper hiking shoes are a must!

hiking
19 hours ago

one of the longest trails iv’e ever done. start early because it will take you all day and bring a lot of water/food. also i was the only one on the entire trail so i’d recommend hiking with someone in case anything happens. it was as peaceful as can be and extremely scenic. it sure is an extensive trail but the view at the end is totally worth it.

Great 360 view at the peak - was breathing pretty hard close to the top!

Good cardio exercise! Nice scenic views.

Very challenging and fun!

Climb from trail head near intersection of Congressional and Olympic Fields Ct (need access to get in Anthem gates) is a nice 2-3 hour round trip climb. This avoids the flat meandering trails in the trailhead west of the mountain. This approach to trail has about 10-15 climbs of 1-2 minutes each with rest of trail walking along ridges and switch backs. Recommend walking with a stick since down hill can be slippery due to loose rock.

the summit offers fantastic views. the "hard" part of the trail is the fact that it is a very rapid ascent. However, there are a version of stairs most of the way. the trail is well marked and somewhat crowded. This trail is definitely doable for anyone in halfway decent shape.

hiking
2 days ago

only a decent rating due to the huge amounts of people on this trail. you would see less people at the gym. being one of the only free places to hike in Phoenix is a large cause of this. if you are looking for quiet and atual nature then keep driving East to the tonto forrest($7 pass), well worth it
just 2 miles. hard on the way up. ledges around every turn. not for nervous hikers or anyone afraid of heights. don't trust there to be signs to keep you safe. at the 4th and last hand railing make a left and climb up the rocks. the trail appears to go straight over a very thin piece of trail that leads to a cliff if you miss the turn. great view once up top.

Went when it was slightly rainy and enjoyed the experience, the climb up is a nice vertical climb, slippery when wet (lol). My heart rate was elevated as I went up at a fast pace, the view at the top was incredible, pretty much as good as it gets! The trail is marked so following the posts was a nice way to stay on target, the descent was fun, tricky but keeps your mind focused and constantly working.

Very nice hike. At 62, it was a challenge. Saw lots of people in tennis shoes, which is asking for a twisted ankle or slipping on a rock. But a great hike none the less.

Amazing Trail. More treacherous than the photos really give it credit for. It’s straight uphill but not terribly long. Not for amateurs.

Great workout definitely worth the view!

Nice 30-45 min uphill climb great views

Excellent outdoor workout!

stair climbing for 1 mile straight up. I suggest not doing this if you haven't done any cardio in a while or you can take your sweet time as there were few stops even a bench half way

physically demanding and definitely not for first time hiking beginners, bring plenty of water and good gripping shoes

Nice trail. Starts slow... .then climbs up. Once on top, really nice view of the valley. I wouldn't say it is a hard trail ... more Moderate+. Wouldn't do it in summer though ... no shade !

I started at 10:30 am, I was surprised to see that most of the way up is in shade.

hiking
5 days ago

We combined Goldmine with the shorter route of San Tan & Dynamite. I’m glad we did. While Goldmine has that steep climb that gets your heart pumping San Tan & Dynamite take you on a decent walk around the mountain. There are some beautiful views and other than Goldmine the hike is pretty clear. We met several people who do this hike daily and a couple the longer route to train for the Pacific Coast Trail.

Rated hard but if you’re in shape and have okay balance this shouldn’t be any trouble at all. Be sure to hydrate, take water and good shoes.

Awesome trail. Make sure you have high clearance.

Did this trail back in September when it was about 101º outside and I like to call this experience my "Hell Hike." Went with a large group who were experienced and knew the way, otherwise I would've gotten lost. The trail isn't well marked. There's essentially no shade on the trail and make sure to bring plenty of water too. Just grueling in the heat; I had to take many breaks and spent way too long in the sun (ended up being around 6 hours). The trail is lightly trafficked - I don't remember seeing anyone else at all. However, this experience is mostly my fault, as I had never been on a hike in Arizona - I would NEVER recommend a beginner on this hike and learned this the hard way. I was sore for 3 days after, too. However, now that I'm a frequent hiker and the weather is in the 60s, I would definitely love to go back and try it again, and I'm sure I would have a better hike (and I can't wait to leave an updated, better review then).

Trail is xtremely well traveled. Rated hard but with the well groomed and placed steps, handholds and rails its overrated. I'd say it's an easy hike with plenty of opportunity to stay safe for fit individuals. Big falls possible if careless or weak. Lower body injuries will require rescue and dehydration is most risky factor. Slippy gravel at times recommended grippy soles.

Ford Canyon Loop, Counter Clockwise. This is a very scienc and secluded trail. I didn't see anyone from about 1/10 of a mile prior to the warning sign, until the junction of Willow Canyon and Mesquite Canyon trail intersection.

It's very desolate and the wash is 2 miles long of boulder scrambling to sand walking and climbing a few near vertical walls. You need at least 3 quarts of water if it's in the low seventies to a gallon or more if above mid seventies. This is not a hike for the causal hiker and is for experienced hikers only that have traveled off trails before.

A hiker died five years ago on this trail. You can read about it here. From what i got out of the story, they had plenty of water and started at 6:30am on a summer day. The temperature rose to triple digits which resulted in a heat related illness that progressed to the death of one of the hikers.

http://archive.azcentral.com/community/surprise/articles/20130625arizona-hiker-death-white-tanks.html

Some spots have exposure and the two walls are not difficult however a fall would result in injury.

Plan at least 4 to 5 hours for the loop which is around 10.0 miles long. This is the hardest trail in the White Tanks Park. Not a trail to be caught after it turns dark even with a headlamp, if your in the wash.

With all the warnings out of the way, this is a great trail, because of the solitude, scenery and varied terrain to hike and boulder hop through. It's suggested to not hike this trail alone. If you do, use a tracking program so a reliable person can be tracking you.

A good prep is to do Goat Camp Trail to the 4 or 5 mile marker starting from area one, as a out and back hike.

Another is the full loop on Mesquite Canyon Trail which starts and ends at area seven and is 8.6 miles and gains 1,580'.

The suggested way for Ford Canyon is to hike counter clockwise. The reason it's easier to climb up rock then climbing down. Also your done with the hazardous part at 5 miles meaning your less tired when going through the wash.

Echo Canyon is a great workout, no question. A little scrambling the last part and of course 'the rails' will test you but they aren't nearly as bad as they are reputed to be. It's a great morning hike late in the season because the last part has a lot of shade. Is it harder than the Cholla trail? Overall in my opinion no. There are some challenging spots but all in all I feel it's slightly easier.

Parking sucks, no question. Best bet is to get a ride to and from unless you want to camp out on McDonald in the wee hours of the morning hoping for a spot.

Challenging trail, but safe. If you are looking for 45 min aerobic workout (on the way up), then this is the right trail for you

Going down is the warm up. Get prepared to hike back. Do the extra mile at the end for the waterfall.

7 days ago

Excellent

Always a tough hike but rewarding at the top

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