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Rated hard but if you’re in shape and have okay balance this shouldn’t be any trouble at all. Be sure to hydrate, take water and good shoes.

Trail is xtremely well traveled. Rated hard but with the well groomed and placed steps, handholds and rails its overrated. I'd say it's an easy hike with plenty of opportunity to stay safe for fit individuals. Big falls possible if careless or weak. Lower body injuries will require rescue and dehydration is most risky factor. Slippy gravel at times recommended grippy soles.

I'd call this moderate but strenuous. Nothing incredibly difficult about the ascent, just a lot of work if you aren't in the best shape (me). I particularly enjoy that it's not the usual desert landscape. There are a lot of trees and shady areas that you can feel the temp drop as soon as you walk through them. There's a beautiful view of the Needle at the top with plenty of space to relax and enjoy the view. A great all around hike. Plan on about 90-120 minutes up and about an hour back down.

Getting to the trailhead is straightforward. Once you get off the 60 you go about a mile on pavement, then loose asphalt. Then the rest of the road in is about 5 miles of washboard dirt so be prepared. Nothing a little car can't handle, but it does take a bit of time to get to the parking lot.

The trail is pretty easy to follow and mostly marked by its wear. In the few spots it wasn't completely obvious there are kairns ti guide you in the right direction.

Did this hike a week ago and loved it. Definitely a change of scenery. Felt very foresty (as opposed to the usual desert landscape) with the trees and bush, especially at the beginning. Awesome rock formations and views the whole way up. I was worried about the trail's difficulty but would say the trail is moderate and the elevation is gradual. Weaver's Needle is super cool to see too. Loved how "out there" the park felt (as opposed to more urban environments like Camelback or Dobbins Lookout), a total escape. We started at 2 pm, weather in the 60s or so, and almost the entire trail was in the shade, so we got pretty cold at certain points. Wished I wore leggings and brought a jacket. Moderate to highly trafficked. Also, beware that the trailhead is at the end of a 7 mile dirt road. Saw quite a few sedans but would still recommend driving a SUV if possible.

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22 hours ago

Beautiful!

Echo Canyon is a great workout, no question. A little scrambling the last part and of course 'the rails' will test you but they aren't nearly as bad as they are reputed to be. It's a great morning hike late in the season because the last part has a lot of shade. Is it harder than the Cholla trail? Overall in my opinion no. There are some challenging spots but all in all I feel it's slightly easier.

Parking sucks, no question. Best bet is to get a ride to and from unless you want to camp out on McDonald in the wee hours of the morning hoping for a spot.

This Trail is tricky. Most people hike right straight up the bottom of the canyon in the middle. It is best on the way up to stay to the left and follow the ridge, same thing on the way back down stay to the right and follow the ridge. there's a little hiking in the middle Canyon but watch for the trails veering off.

Excellent

for two 66 year olds it was all we wanted. beautiful scenery

I did a solo hike yesterday, going up it was a little difficult finding the trail. Great scenery, beautiful views from the summit I will be going back soon.

Always a tough hike but rewarding at the top

Gorgeous hike with an amazing sunset while I hiked back down! I don't agree with the person who said you cant take a small car down to the trail. I did it just fine. I've also taken my little car all the way down the 88 to Roosevelt Lake.

Expected it to be a little harder than it was but great views nonetheless. Would definitely would reccomend a sunrise start!

I forget how much I love this trail. It never ceases to impress me when you come up over the saddle!

Very fun hike, lots of scrambly off-trail areas.

My favorite hike yet. Beautiful up, at the top, and back. Hope to do it again soon.

Great hike. Harder and more challenging than anticipated but well worth it. I recommend a backpack for water so you can use both hands to climb up the harder parts.

Hiked on Sunday 12/3 and could not summit due to icy and snowy conditions. Beautiful hike.

A great hike today. Love this trail. Dont be scared of it, just get out there and do it.

Decided to give it a shot in the mid-afternoon instead of super early in the AM. Got a nice parking space and didn't have to twiddle my thumbs behind slowpokes or get trampled by speed demons. I think I passed about 10 people and was passed by about 10 people. Guess that makes me pretty average.

Started around noon and finished at 5:20. Great hike, I did hike clockwise first up the Fremont ridge. This seems to be a popular hike to the ridge ran into a dozen people or so. But after the ridge I didn’t see a sole. Pure wilderness solitude!

Terribly marked trail, but overall a TON of fun. Amazing views from the top and some climbing required. It's easy to get lost on the way down, so make sure you have adequate time for sunlight.

Hard but worth the effort!

Such a rewarding hike!

Fabulous trail. Beautiful scenery. About 2 hours to the top, barring breaks.

Great trail with beautiful views up and back down. Moderate difficulty... would be good for kids and people who don’t move as well or as quickly. Lots of rock features and beautiful vegetation all the way up.

This was the most difficult trail I have ever hiked. I can say I've achieved to the top and would never hike it again. Check mark it off my to do list. done ! I fell on my butt 2x going down. very easy to get lost. no wonder people get rescued every year up on that mountain.

My favorite around PHX.

We are so glad we practiced hiking in the South Mountain first before tackling this last week. It is for people like me who likes scrambling, clinging and finding my footing. My 13 year old son did it without much difficulty. There are false summit but keep pushing till you reached the top. I prefer this trail over cholla trail on the other side. There were families with small kids and they made it to the top, the parents just had to carry them in some points, all you need when hiking with small kids is PATIENCE, and water.

Beautiful Hike but came to kind of a dead end and hard to follow Trail. Later found out that was as far as we could go without more advanced hiking skills and equipment! We were a tad frustrated, but didn’t risk our safety. Nice Workout Too!

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