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This was a fun hike. It is a steep trail in places but the view is worth the hike.

First time visiting, nice trail. Lots of scenery as you ascend. Beautiful view at the top and well worth the climb. However, would prefer if they had markers or signs to access the base of the mountain.

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2 days ago

Good trail of you like desert scenery. It leads you behind a mountain and you lose sight of the city. It's a nice change.

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.

I hiked this about 8-10 times when my husband and I were stationed in Yuma. The view at the top is amazing, but if you are out of shape it will take you awhile to go all the way up once you get to the base of it. Still, it is challenging (which is great), and very rewarding to get to the top. Peaceful and a great way to spend an afternoon. Bring lots of water if hot outside.

Amazing!! We are two fit people (male and female) and we did both the whole of this one and the Sedona lookout part up at the top as well. It took us 5 and a half hours and my Apple Watch clocked the whole thing at 12.38 miles. Breathtaking views at he Sedona lookout part at the top. The actual end of this trail lookout is much less spectacular. Honestly barely worth it except to say you did it. Going down was much harder than coming up due to the rocks moving all around. Including stops at both top lookouts we started at 10am and finished at 430pm. So we spent about an hour enjoying the views. Note- the first part to the First Bench marker is the hardest part. Smooth sailing from there.

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.

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23 days ago

Truly enjoyable hike! I started late and did the last 2 miles by moonlight...that was challenging and I wouldn't recommend unless you know the trail...which I didn't...was my first time :-)

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1 month 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.

Great trail, no see wildlife but lots of tracks, hikers camp at Gila river intersection is excellent. Beautiful area

Nice hike through different terrains. Even got to experience a little autumn. I wouldn't qualify this hike as hard at all. Trail is well kept and easy to follow. Not too many people on a Sunday....saw maybe 10 others on the way down. I'd say around the 2 to 3 mile marker while summiting was the toughest part, which wasn't bad at all. The last 1.5 miles is kinda boring without much elevation gain but the views in the end are worth it....kinda looks like Zion. Trail at some parts is rocky so bring proper footwear. Even saw some wildlife: tarantulas and white tailed deer. If you include the Sedona lookout and Wilson Canyon lookout, it's a little over 12 miles round trip. Parking is super limited, get there early.

This Trail is okay with a good view at the top but as another reviewer said it does not go through a Slot Canyon. Following the GPS track will take you down a steep and quite loose sectiin on the east downhill, not the most ideal trail.

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1 month ago

I’ve done this hike several times and plan to do it on the regular during my winter return. The gravel/rock path to the base of the pass can be tricky in that about 10 min in you need to take a left off the trail up a rock side when it seems like going straight is the answer. Going straight gets you no where. Approx 20 min to Pass base and where the elevation gain truly gets started. Pace yourself. View from the top is lovely. Have done both sunrise and sunset hikes that were beautiful!

Aside from the piece of shit yelling "LINDA" for an hour strait, it was pretty cool. Next time you lose someone dude, GO LOOK FOR THEM. You pretty much ruined the serenity of this spot for everyone. Expect to see a lot of people on this trail during the weekend. Hot springs are more warm than hot.

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1 month ago

Good hiking and there are challenges in landscape and following the trail signs. There is very little shade so be mindful especially if you are taking your dog. Your dog must be in shape to get through this hike and there are places you will need to unleash them to get over boulders or obstacles so be sure to have a great recall for your dog. Not a hike for dogs under 50 pounds.

1 month ago

Fun trail, very rocky! Wear good shoes. The path up the mountain is more of a steep climb and a little strenuous but exciting! It was a good workout.

I dont care for desert scenery too much, and while this isn't exactly forrest its a nice compromise being so close to town. This hike is classified under hard but I feel most anyone in shape would have no real problem with this trail, as long as you come hydrated and bring water!

Trail is very beautiful hike, rather easy until you get to paved part at the end!!! It’s very steep and hard climbing

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2 months ago

Excellent trail! A fairly easy one to bring first-time backpackers on. I was surprised we had issues with coyotes in the area. They usually keep to themselves but there were three that were testing us the whole night, walking through our campsite and later in the early morning, we had one yelling outside our tent.

2 months ago

Awesome view! As good as it gets. Matches Grand Canyon

Did it twice and it was a gut Check ( challenge) but everyone was very friendly & encouraging along the journey.

I’ve done this trail quite a few times since moving here. I’m looking forward to the 1st annual duathlon there in November. 5 mile bike then 5 mile mountain run

Great Hike went in at 1:30pm was hot the 1st 2 miles in with no shade, then once you get past the 2 mile marker it gets better. Stayed overnight at the springs and hiked out in the AM. No snakes but did see fresh cougar tracks.

watch out for rattlesnakes, they are out there, be careful.....my fourth time out here, and its the first time we saw one , happy trails

Early September 2018. Great hike! We started at 2pm and got to the Hot Springs around 5:45pm after taking a few of breaks. The hike starts out with a gradual uphill for about 1 hr, then 1hr downhill into a canyon until you reach the fork of Little Bear Canyon and Middle Fork. No water in the first twi hours. Though the hard copy map shows to not cross Middle Fork yet, it seems like that trail hasn’t been used in a while, cross it and just follow it, all the way around. It then took us almost 2 hours to reach the hot springs. The only hard thing was that we didn’t know how far we were going and even though it’s all flat, you are slowed down the river crossings. Once we got there all the good flat camp spots were taken, but we found a good one nested up in the river bank, so we camp here. Went into the hot springs in the morning (very nice in the beginning, then they were warm) and then took off. We got lucky, no storms while we were there, though you could see them creeping nearby. It seems as if these thunderstorms are unpredictable. We did get stuck in a hail storm the night before but this was 30-40min out from the Visitor’s Center on highway 15. The Middle Fork water was fine, we brought aquamira drops and used them a few times. The water was clear. Note that water is used upstream. No signs of bears, cougars, nor wolves. Only birds, squirrels, and lots of frogs. Would definitely come back to do more than one night. Have fun!

Absolutely stunning. Worth the river crossings and feels good after hiking for a bit. Pack hiking shoes and then sandals along with poles to help with the cross.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this so much. The views are incredible, the trail is moderate/hard (it was inclined and rocky, but in a gentle way, the “hard” part is mostly its distance which was around 12 miles with both lookouts - Sedona and Wilson Canyon), the vegetation constantly changes, and there were very very few people. This was my first hike in Sedona and it has set the bar very high.

It’s an interesting hike because you’re going through a diverse scenery on your way to the springs. However be warned, you will be wading through the Gila river multiple times, at least knee deep

hiking
3 months ago

This one is just a long hike, easy and for the most part, you have the nice views behind you as you are ascending, so a tad boring I would say.
Did it during the raining season in August and so the vegetation was overgrown and scratchy. I recommend long sleeves and pants.
The beautiful part is that is very low trafficked.

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