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Good “walk at lunch time “ trail.

It was tough at the beginning but doing it in the morning made it easier. Saw multiple deer groups and other wildlife!! A hike worth your $7 and more. It was summer so we started at 5:00am, I would say start at 4:30!

This hike is beautiful, definitely the most gorgeous trail I’ve been on in the Valley thus far. It has a variety of terrains you traverse; from switchbacks to a little bit of scrambling, and multiple miles of walking too. There is something for a variety of hiking experiences.

UPDATE: You can’t start at 4:30am due to the gate being closed — 5am is the earliest start time.

This was a good hike, not to hard, great workout.

Love this trail for it's diversity. Beware during the spring and summer, there is a significant increase in rattlesnake traffic. The switch backs in the wilderness part of the trail will provide a hiker with the most solitude. I'm usually the only person on this part of the trail. if you are lucky, you might she see a deer, fox, havelina...There is only a water source at the trailhead. .hike will take you through the typical desert landscape, boulders, a 8' wall to scale, dry dam, sandy river bed, wilderness switch backs, great view of the city in the distance. ..I enjoy this trail early in the morning, around 5:30 am or 6am to avoid the heat and any possible traffic from other hikers...

hiking
1 month ago

Did the Ford Canyon loop from the bike/horse staging area, out past Willow, and onto the Mesquite back. That bumped the hike up to about 11 miles. No individual part of the hike is particularly challenging; there are a fair number of level portions, none of the inclines or scrambles are technical, and all of the switchbacks are pretty mild. However, the number of times you encounter these things over the distance is what bumps this into the "hard" range. There were three or four different hills to climb via switchback distributed throughout the loop.

I don't condone ever skimping on water, but in regards to the recommendation for 3+ liters, I went with only three and had about a liter left when I finished, and I sweat a lot. There are definitely people who sweat more than I do though, so measure at your own risk.

Took about 4.5 hours with a couple of breaks to photograph the scenery. Started at 7:30, which was a mistake, because I finished at noon to a pleasant 107 degree temperature. Go early!

Not your typical trail. The lack of clear trail in the wash area and especially the big white boulders area climbs add a stress factor to be ready for.

hiking
1 month ago

Clean Trail with plenty of views. There was no waterfall to be seen as it was so dry, however. To and from took about an hour and fifteen

hiking
2 months ago

Great overall trail, getting to see a variety of the park. The wash was coated with bugs and lots of rabbits.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a tough hike, but I would classify it as between moderate and hard because of the length. Beautiful scenery, good amount of wildlife, climbing over smooth boulders, this hike offers a constantly changing experience. Highly recommended!!

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike with the kids!

was a great hike but a sign was facing the wrong way and got us off track by 2 miles

Usually very crowded for the first mile and a half but gets better after that. not sure why this is listed as hard, it's mostly smooth and, after the initial mile climb, just a gently rolling path. if you pay attention there is a good chance of seeing mule deer and javalina.

its challenge, some turns are poorly marked.

trail running
3 months ago

The trial is moderate not difficult. Take your time and enjoy the view and wildlife.

early morning track, its too hot in the afternoon due to no shade in summer

It can be cold in the morning at the beginning of the hike in the canyon, the later part of the trial is exposed to the sun and should be avoided in the afternoon in the summer heat.

hiking
3 months ago

Exactly 9 miles. Took us about 41/2 hours with stopping and exploring several time.
We left on Waddell trail, took it to ford canyon , then willow trail, then to mesquite, which took us back to Waddell.
We loved some boulder climbing. We saw a couple ground squirrels, and birds. We saw a lot of what we think was bobcat poop.
Overall all a very fun trail. The obstacles at the beginning make it exciting. Some high drops- do not recommend with kids.

hiking
4 months ago

Saw a few lizards and a small snake along the trail, cool views and a good hike that’s not too strenuous but a good climb. We recorded 8.3 miles on the loop.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s a beautiful hike. I highly recommend hiking the north leg of the loop first. We did that and there were big boulders to climb on as the trail mostly followed a wash in that part. It was a very gradual incline that way as well. When we got to the high point of this loop, we were actually shocked at how much elevation we gained. The remaining part of the loop down was the most scenic and it was beneficial to be facing east the entire way down. The first part on the north side was very much closing you into the canyon and there weren’t a lot of views. The trail is beautiful though and it feels very unspoiled. The only hard part about it was the distance and would be hard because of the heat in the summer.

Great hike up to the dam. Not a good hot weather hike in my opinion. Expect some large boulder climbing.

Long hike but I clocked it just under 7.5 miles. Gorgeous views for the most part. Ran into a herd of mule deer on Willow canyon trail. Glad I did the loop counter clockwise. Love this park! Trail had zero trash on it! Will return to attempt goat camp next time!

Very scenic, loved it.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome hike!

Nice to take the kids out for a walk. It's really pretty there too. The trail connects to others so you can keep going if you'd like. Saw maybe two others when I went in the morning.

Good if you're looking for a long but fairly easy trail (for the somewhat experienced). It was about 50% gorgeous views, and 50% kinda boring nature walk. The beauty is worth the "bad" though. Especially the narrow cliff above the creek. Would do again, just not often.

Wanted an easy hike just to get out of the house and got just that. the falls weren't running, but it was still nice to see and felt good to get moving. Definately more of a nature walk than anything, and would recommend for just that.

hiking
5 months ago

We did a 9.5 mile loop from Area 7 counterclockwise via the Waddell, Ford Cyn, Willow to Mesquite. Beautiful hike with lots of variety including a little boulder scrambling and lots of vista scenery. Not as difficult as reviewed. Took us a little over 4 hours with time to take in the views.

hiking
5 months ago

I was a little apprehensive to do this hike because of the hazardous trail warnings printed on the park trail map and because a few reviews said it wasn't clearly marked. I'm so glad I did it anyway. It was a great hike.

I started and ended at the Trailhead Staging Area and did a counterclockwise circuit of Ford to Willow to Mesquite. That put me right at 11 miles, which I completed in about four hours - stopping to take photos a few times.

The first half of the hike is a lot of fun with lots of changing landscape. There is some scrambling in the riverbed but it's very minimal - nothing that made me even a little uncomfortable (and I scare easily). You will want to wear shoes with good traction.

From my direction, I had no trouble following the trail (and I've been known to miss some turns). Some might be concerned about the lack of trail markers during the riverbed section, but just keep following the wash - you'll see the trail markers to lead you out when it's time. I didn't have one moment of uncertainty. I felt comfortable the entire route.

The second half of the hike doesn't have the same varying scenery, but it still has some great views. It is very exposed, so take more water than you think you'll need. I packed a little more than I usually do and was wishing for more by the end. Next time I'll pack 3x my normal amount.

In total, I came across eight groups of hikers and one pair of mountain bikers - so it felt pretty secluded but not completely isolated. It was a lot of fun and I'll definitely do it again.

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