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Awesome views of Phoenix! Wasn’t too challenging until the top with more rock climbing.

Great variety and great Boulder climbing!

Novice hiker, but i am in decent shape. Not too tough. Trail was great. I went early in the morning to catch the sunrise at the summit. The trail isn’t intimidating until you get to the last stretch to the summit. Basically, the heli Landing spot is where it gets dicey. Just take your time. I got lost going down a couple times. That was the gnarliest part. Sunrise was great time to hike it. Tennis shoes are ok, but hiking shoes/boots would have been much better

heavy traffic on the trail but nice views from both sides as you're ascending. Be prepared to walk a near mile just to get to the trail head.

Definitely not a trail running trail- Absolutely spectacular views well marked Trail very pretty. All rocks. And definitely not a trail to take If you want to move fast! extremely crowded far too many hikers on trail for my preference

This is my first time hiking camelback Mountain! I’m disabled and it was brutal! I made it 50 or so feet from the top. But didn’t feel safe scaling the rocks to the top. I’d be willing to try the echo canyon trail, I’m told it has more support. It’s definitely a challenge both physically and mentally. The energy of the mountain is definitely different! It’s super crowded! I’m still wrapping my mind around it

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).

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.


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.

The views are awesome!
Good challenge, but really crowded and people don’t yield:(

What a gorgeous trail! I loved the aspens and the green meadows. A hike that's well worth the effort.

Great trail it gradually gets harder closer to the top

I hiked it on December 1st 2018. I was the only car in the parking lot when I started at 7 a.m. and fairly cold but not windy. I took my first break at the CableBondage Switchback.. it goes sharp right. my second break was at the iron Gate, the Switchback that goes sharp left and a great view of the Lookout Tower. then, depending on your pace, you're at the top in 30 to 40 minutes and a Grandview!! it was sunny at the Summit but there was a bitter cold wind of @20 miles an hour and I had to put on all my layers except my ski mask. I took refuge behind the solar panel building which blocked the wind. it's a great hike with a lot of geology and lava flows but it's a long one.

Hiked Camelback in Feb 2018. Great workout. Fun and challenging climb. Beautiful view at the top.

Hiked it today. Santa was at the top giving out candy canes. Fun hike! Watch for blue dots so you can stay on the trail

Hiked this side november 2017, it’s hard to find a parking space since you have to park on the roadside. To get to the summit we had to scramble and cling on some parts, but if you not comfortable going all the way to the summit, it’s alright, you can still see a great view around, afterall, there is the echo trail on the other side

Fantastic walk. Great view of the city. Beautiful desert plants and scenery. Very steep in places.

Hiked on 12/5/18 - It's pretty easy, only a 620' elevation gain (Source: Flagstaff Trails Map) from the parking lot to the top of the loop (where the Mt.Elden trail T's off) so I hike the Loop clockwise, then counterclockwise.
I've now hiked the Double Loop 68 times, Humphreys Peak 4 times, Mt Elden 85 times, O'Leary Peak 51 times, Bill Williams Mt 5 times, Kendrick Peak 7 times, Lockett Meadows-Inner Basin trail hikes 5 times, Sandy Seep to Heart Trail to Mt Elden and back 2 times. Also a bunch of Caves Crater hikes.
I never really hiked much before I moved to Flagstaff (August of 2013) I spend @4 months out of every year in the Altered

Easily one of the best trails around Phoenix. It has fantastic views and getting to the top is very rewarding. The trail is pretty rocky and there is a good amount of scrambling on the second half of it. It may prove to be challenging, especially for novice hikers. The Cholla trail is also great for trail running as long as you are careful.

The view was amazing! There were a lot of jagged rocks but the trail has plenty of good places to grip and it is well traveled. I will totally do again!

Did the hike today with my 6 year old son. We only made it to marker 25 before he thought he might not have enough energy left to walk all the way back down. lol. He did great though. Didn’t seem too difficult for him and we made good time. It’s been over 15 years since I’ve been at the top and don’t recall how much further it was. We will be back soon to try and go further.

A very nice short 1-1.5 hour hikes. Trails can be confusing so pay attention to where it is most trafficked. Rocks are steep and I recommend at the intersection going right instead of left. That will save you. Rocks are slippery.

I’m a novice hiker but with limited experience thus trail was challenging yet doable tho it took me 2 hours to reach the top.
Bring a snack before heading down and plenty of water
The only negative is that it was extremely busy and parking is only on the street and very limited, prepare to walk up to a mile just to reach the start of the trail.

Great trail and a lot of potential to go even longer with other connecting trails. So it could be a short hike to a few hour one depending on what you want to do.

The first 2 miles are very easy. Beautiful scenery and lots of greenery unlike a lot of AZ trails. There are lots of signs of wild life along the way.

Great trail! Towards the summit the trail was a little more difficult to find. Look for the blue dots to help you stay on track.

Around great trail. Worth the view at the top. Highly recommend this hike. great workout.

Great trail. Some fun spots with rocks to climb as well.

great hike. coming down hard on the knees. take a protein bar and extra water.

Some steep climbs but a nice view. Couldn’t finish it. Too out of shape... lol

Less crowded than echo canyon

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