Echo Canyon Summit Trail

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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.

2.5 miles 1417 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

rock climbing


wild flowers




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.

10 minutes ago

Great trail with amazing views!

16 hours ago

6 days ago

11 days ago

Great hike! It was a little difficult for a few members our large group. We hiked with a party of 10 ages 23-59, including my sister who is 6 months pregnant. We only had 1 person turn back at the early technical parts. We are from Kansas and our exercise doesn't typically include large altitude changes. Overall it was a challenging hike and our family enjoyed it.

18 days ago

Great hike...the rain made it that much more challenging!

20 days ago

Update! Dogs are no longer allowed on the trail. Ive been hiking Echo for 11 years still to this day 1 of my favorites. Great challenge everytime.. 29:52 up and down

21 days ago

22 days ago

A tough hike, lots of boulder hoping and steep incline almost the entire hike. But feeling from finishing this is worth the pain...

25 days ago

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.

27 days ago

30 days ago


Best hike I've been on! I loved the challenge. Brings lots of water. The view at the summit was definitely worth it!

1 month ago

Gross. Too many tourists and rude trail runners. Too crowded. Least fave hike in Phx area

1 month ago

Great workout!!!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great trail! Steep and rocky. Great views. The park closes at sunset so plan accordingly.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Not for novices or the casual tourist . Come prepared with 1-3 liters of water , proper footwear and sunscreen

1 month ago

1 month ago

Kicks my butt every time.