Fantastic hike for anyone but I loved it as a non- local visiting from Washington state. A lot of hand and feet work so balance is helpful on this one for sure. Parking is horrible for this trail. So go early like I did (7am) or late in the day. It's a busy trail is an understatement.
C N. on Camelback Mountain Trail
Would consider Echo Canyon side hard but Cholla side moderate. For a city hike, like this much better than Piestawa - parking is bad here too, but the etiquette of the crowds inexplicably seems far better. Take a lot of water. It's worth the views at the top
It starts off easy and you're wondering how this hike is considered HARD... then you get to the rocks and you begin to climb and climb and you realize this hike isn't as easy as you thought. Bring a lot of water during summer. It's HOT and can become difficult. Bring some gloves, I found myself slipping as I held onto the railing.