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So nice at the end, view beautiful. Easy trail, a little busy but still great for family walk/hike.

off road driving
3 days ago

There was a Ford Fiesta on this trail... Decent views and cool old buildings. The best off roading is taking the side trails that this app doesnt show. They have deep sand and small obstacles. Just don't get lost.

Beautiful morning run! I did finish the last mile of the loop. Phone just died!

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

This one kind of wiped me in the way down. Maybe because it was a midday hike and I was slight tired. Nonetheless beautiful hike and next time I’m going All the way around.

10 days ago

Fun hike for the whole family and it was beautiful.

It was gorgeous, but definitely not well marked so don't go alone and don't go if you've never hiked in AZ before. The views at the peaks were unbelievable, and even the sides of the mountains are something else. I highly recommend this trail in early spring months.

hiking
13 days ago

The 1st half mile of the "trail" is a paved sidewalk. If you prefer a trail, best to take "Black Rock" trail to a short connector to the 2nd part of "Waterfall" trail. From there a nice hike to the waterfall area. As noted, waterfall only runs after a heavy rain, but there is a small pool of water at the bottom of the falls area.

South Trail to Goat Camp Trail, about 1 mile, is pretty much a steady gradual incline; very rocky. Out and back a very nice 2+ mile hike with some very nice views and scenery.

Hiked this trail two weeks ago with my husband. We started out at 7:30am and it was around 34 degrees. We parked at Mesquite and hiked Waddell to Ford Canyon. After the first mile and a bit of the hike, the upward elevation begins. The views are amazing. It is lightly traveled until you rejoin Willow or Mesquite. We didn’t pass another hiker for 3 hours. We chose to extent the hike by a couple miles and took Mesquite back, bypassing the shorter Willow route. I will hike this trail again and again, it’s one of my favorite in the area.

This would be a good hike for an ambitious beginner. The views are ok, there are some good inclines, there is a lot of loose rock, and it seems to be extra dusty. It's definitely a city hike, ample parking, trash cans, shade and water available at the beginning/end. It's pretty clean-I did see a couple of plastic bags in bushes here and there. I don't understand why people bring bags to clean up their dog doo and then leave the bags along the side of the trail. I'd say if you aren’t going to take it with you to a trash can, it'd be better not to clean it up, but to kick it way off the trail-not ideal, but I think I'd personally rather have people do that than leave their plastic bags full of poop there. Anyway, I'd say this trail is not easy...maybe the easier side of moderate. I did see an elderly woman with a cane, but I also saw kids who were out of breath. The steep loose rock trails make it more of any easier moderate than easy, in my opinion. There is one great big structure that looks like a giant water collection facility, maybe? I don’t know, but it’s ugly and kind of a turnoff. Our dogs really enjoyed themselves and even got their picture taken with the miniature US flag at the top. It wasn’t exciting, wasn’t my favorite, but it was good enough for dog walking and getting some fresh air.

hiking
18 days ago

It’s a nice trail for the cooler weather months and if you stay well dressed (well covered) it’s a easy hike not being drained afterwards

Nice hike (ccw) very scenic and good excersize. Dont think I would do this in the summer months.

I wouldn’t rate this hike as easy, but I’m out of shape. The views were nice and someone was walking with a beautiful horse. The trail is very rocky so wear supportive shoes. Overall, it was a nice hike and I’ll do it again!

hiking
27 days ago

This is a stellar hike, but very demanding. I would bring trekking poles to save your legs on the way back down. Bring your camera too.

hiking
30 days ago

Xmas Eve 2018. Visiting from Tacoma, WA. Loved the scenery. Great day!

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.

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.

A bit crowded on a Saturday morning but what else would you expect on such a beautiful easy hike trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun little hike! Easy :)

Short easy hike. Paved about 1/2 way. Nice shallow incline. Waterfall at the end only works when it rains. Small shallow pool at the bottom is generally got some water in it. Petroglyphs on the southwest side are not obvious or overly impressive, but certainly a nice diversion.

The temps were perfect for this hike!

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.

Nice trail but would not rate it as easy because it is extremely rocky. So if you have any knee or ankle issues you have be careful as there is a great deal of loose rock, sometimes in large chunks. There were some nice views.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! The trail did get a bit rough, and was confusing in one spot. I had my older son go up to the top of the mountain, to look for more of a trail, but we really couldn’t make out where to go after a certain point.....around the 5/6 mile mark. We decided to come back down, as it was about 4, and we really didn’t want to chance getting stuck up there during the evening hours. Next time we will start earlier, and be more prepared. We are beginners, and new to Arizona.

2 months ago

This trail is always a joy to hike. It was my first in Arizona. It has change a lot by half of the trail being paved but, the reward you get to at the end of the trail is worth it!

Beautiful views and scenery. Simply amazing when there’s water!

on Waterfall Trail

2 months ago

Very nice, easy going, beautiful scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Went with my kids (oldest is 5 youngest is 6 months. Was in a stroller. We love this trail! Especially after a good rain and the waterfall is flowing!!!

Cool trail even if there is no waterfall. Petroglyphs, saguaro cactus and lizards along the trail. Beautifully maintained trail. Lots of picnic tables, rest rooms and trash bins in this regional park. Entrance fee to the park is now $7. Nature center at park entrance is worth a visit.

2 months ago

Easy trail that leads to a waterfall which had a little water since we recently had a storm. Starts out paved but quickly turns into a regular dirt trail. Nice vistas and Seguaro cactus along the way.

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