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Ford Canyon Loop Trail is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Waddell, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length 9.7 mi Elevation gain 1,482 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Running River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble No shade Fee
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Note: Fee is $7/car 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.

Ample parking can be found at either trail head.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road Waddell, AZ 85355 mailing address Ph: 623-935-2505 Fax: 623-535-4291 whitetankpark@mail.maricopa.gov

From central Phoenix, take I -10 west 18 miles to Hwy 303. North on Hwy 303 to Olive. West 4 miles on Olive to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park entrance. The Ford Canyon Trail Head is located at the Trail Head Staging Area on Wildlife Way. Ford Canyon can also be accessed from a trail head at the Northern most part of Ford Canyon Road. Entering from this point cuts roughly 1.5 miles off the trail and gets you much closer to the more difficult section of Ford Canyon.

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Ronald E Fox
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Great

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Gabe Thelin
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Awesome trail! I went counter clockwise and for the first 3 miles it’s pretty flat and easy after which the trail gets a lot rockier and a more technical as you start to gain elevation. Be sure to follow the wash and trail posts if it becomes hard to find the trail. Early on a Tuesday morning I barely saw anyone else.

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Dri Ordi
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Dave Smolarek
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HikingOver grown

Great scenic trail. Unfortunately some of the trail crossings are not well marked so I ended up missing my turn and getting stranded.

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Jaqueline Dávila
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Nice hike, I recommend coming earlier this time of year because of the Sun. Beautiful horses, bikers and families hiking.

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Chris Staley
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Go early, I was dumb and left at 11- powdered pedialyte and gummy bears were my life force. Really fun. Doesn’t get real until 3km in, then you start your windy climb up the waterfall. Really good scenery. Just make sure to go early!

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James McGill
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AllTrails User
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Devin Miller
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Elizabeth Plata
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It’s doable but started out too late to finish the 9 mile loop. Will be back when it’s cooler. Rocky and carry trekking poles if not sure footed

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Devin Miller
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Jesse Sweeney
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As a new hiker, I agree with the majority of others who’ve said it’s rated “Hard” due to its length. It wasn’t particularly difficult. I did it counterclockwise, like many suggested and I think that was the right call. The only tricky part was staying on the trail at the waterfall (it’s not overly intuitive which way to go) just remember to keep going up! Overall, a great hike with plenty to see.

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Michael Gallardo
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George Kosanke
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Keep a eye out for javelina around the dam!

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Janine Snyder
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No shadeRockyScramble

Very difficult hike but worth it. Bring lots of water and electrolytes when walking in the hot sun for a while

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Juan Martinez
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More than I expected. After 2miles up in the mountain trail is not visual but there is markets to keep you oriented. Great hike

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Kelly Podshadley
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Dean Foell
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This is a great trail. I recommend not going early because I do not want to see you. Clock wise is the best way to go. The trail through the crick bed can be tricky to find. If you are sliding down boulders hanging onto grass trust me you are off the trail. Have fun...

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Kelly A
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The hike was beautiful. I was not prepared for going through the sandy wash as long as we did. Once we came out of it we both had to take our shoes and socks off and get all the junk out of our shoes. So plan for that. Other than that is was great. Bring lots of water. No shade.

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