Ford Canyon Loop Trail

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Ford Canyon Loop Trail is a 9.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Waddell, Arizona that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1482 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

This is a tough hike! If temperatures are above 90 degrees, you will need more than 3L of water (assuming you hike it in a loop with Willow and Mesquite Canyon trails). This trail is the most interesting in the White Tanks because of its seclusion and varying scenery. You will hike through a sandy wash bottom, climb boulders, and see an old earthen dam.

14 days ago

A very good hike with nice views. keep a close eye out for the trail markers; easy to take a wrong turn.

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16 days ago

Great hike except for the tarantula wasps by dam.

17 days ago

Always a good hike

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21 days ago

Awesome day, cloudy, a bit of rain so great. Saw 12 mule deer. a bit of scramble, 2 up and downs.

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1 month ago

Very fun trail! I did the Ford Canyon and mesquite canyon trail (approx 13 miles). There is no shade and no water on the trail. It was 100 degrees at the end of the hike when I did it (oct 2017). I drank about 1 liter of water per hour. The majority of the trail is rocky, proper footwear is a must!

I would rate the trail as moderately difficult (3 out of 5). For comparison, I would rate Humphrey’s Peak 5/5 due to altitude, steepness, and length. Picacho Peak I would also give 5/5 for steepness. Camelback a 4/5.

On the map that was given to me at the ranger station they mention there is a “hazardous trail” around mile marker 5.25. I did not note any hazardous conditions. Perhaps the trail was moved after the map was printed.

Also, a portion of the trail goes up a river bed. If this is hiked during monsoon season or after a lot of rain it would be more difficult. There are a few spots in this section where it is easy to lose the trail.

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1 month ago

Nice trail. Great pics of cactus of all kinds.

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