Echo Canyon Summit Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A nice, quick, steep little leg-burner. The Echo Canyon parking area & trail are closed for improvements & parking expansion through Fall and Winter 2013. It's ok though, just take the Cholla trail that you can access via E Cholla Lane. Camelback Mountain is iconic throughout the Phoenix area, and is perhaps the most popular of in-town hiking locations. Extreme heat, no shade, and thick crowds make this a difficult hike during the summer months. The summit offers view of the Phoenix metro area. It's a little over a mile to the summit from either the east or west trailhead, or 4.3mi or so point-to-point.
Great on weekday mornings! PACKED on the weekends with a wait time just to park. It's good to see people being active, but if you don't like crowds, avoid the weekend. Nonetheless, great hike/workout and view from the top.
Best hike I've been on! I loved the challenge. Brings lots of water. The view at the summit was definitely worth it!
Gross. Too many tourists and rude trail runners. Too crowded. Least fave hike in Phx area
Great trail! Steep and rocky. Great views. The park closes at sunset so plan accordingly.
Really great hike but gets super busy. For hiking within a major city limit this is a pretty cool place. When you are at the top you have a 360 view of the valley and it is well worth it.
Not for novices or the casual tourist . Come prepared with 1-3 liters of water , proper footwear and sunscreen
Kicks my butt every time.
Definitely one of the more physically demanding hikes I've ever done, definitely a leg burner. Wear the right shoes/boots
Pretty difficult and always busy. It is very difficult to find a parking spot on this side of the mountain. If you haven't tried this side, do it once to check it off your list. Cholla is much better.
Visit was August 3, 2016
We hiked this trail near sunset, so we only made it as far as the second set of rails. That part was River's favorite because he got such an adrenaline rush. We took a break and watched as others experience the same excitement once they reach the top of the rails. The description is pretty accurate when it describes this trail as a "leg burner", particularly the railroad tie section. We'd recommend when coming back down the rails / steps it was best to go backwards (rails) or sideways ( rails/steps) to avoid hurting your knees. Also, wear the right shoes and stay on trail unless you are a very experience hiker/climber. Excited to go back to AZ again so we can hike this one the whole way through.
Very fun. I usually prefer "woods and water" on my hikes but I love this challenge with the rocks!!!! Very easy to find and trail well marked!