Ford Canyon Trail

White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Arizona

Elevation Gain2,554ft
Trailhead Elevation1,452ft
Elevation Min/Max1438/2828ft
Elevation Start/End1452/1452ft

Ford Canyon Trail

Ford Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Maricopa County, Arizona. It is within White Tank Mountain Regional Park. It is 6.5 miles long and begins at 1,452 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,554 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Willow Canyon Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Phoenix - 3rd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Charles Liu
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"Ford Canyon and Mesquite Canyon Trails showcase the best features of White Tank Mountain Regional Park west of Phoenix. This 10-mile loop takes you through beautiful rocky canyons, sandy washes, and grassy hillsides. The official trailhead is at the Trailhead Staging Area, but our hike starts from the trailhead opposite Picnic Area 9 to save a long, flat approach. Follow a short access path as it crosses a dry creek north of the road and connects to Ford Canyon Trail. Turn west here and hike toward the mountains. Enjoy the unspoiled desert beauty, graced by tall saguaros, prickly chollas, and hardy creosote bushes." Read more

Ford Canyon Trail Reviews

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Alot of variety and scenery on this hike. Be careful with your dog, as the huge boulders are difficult for them to navigate unless you can pick them up! You don't see too many people near the middle of the trail, but it's quite popular within a mile or two of the trailheads
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I went the counter clockwise direction, the same as the trail guide. It was a good decision. The downhill at the end was more drawn out and easier on my knees. The trail I drew from the Bing map didn't correspond to the actual route. However, I uploaded the actual route logged from the GPS. Important to note that in the first third of the trail when you hike the creek bed there's a trail sign that can throw you off. I put a waypoint for the reservoir. The incorrect sign is about a mile before that.
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The Ford canyon and Mesquite together suprise of the best scenery the White Tanks has to offer. Watch the water carved shear rock water falls come into view hicking up Ford Canyon. Admire the colorfull Mesquite Canyon full of natural rock sculptures and steep moutain sides full of mesquite. All in all this is the site to see the trails to travel at the White Tanks. The beauty is unimaginable the best the desert has to offer. Not to difficult some actual climbing might be involved but lots of fun. You find yourself walking through a long wash so it's a bit sandy enjoy.

Trail Information

White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Nearby City
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Skill Level
USGS White Tank Mountains; maps at entrance and
Local Maps

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Dec 2018