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Went when it was slightly rainy and enjoyed the experience, the climb up is a nice vertical climb, slippery when wet (lol). My heart rate was elevated as I went up at a fast pace, the view at the top was incredible, pretty much as good as it gets! The trail is marked so following the posts was a nice way to stay on target, the descent was fun, tricky but keeps your mind focused and constantly working.

Very nice hike. At 62, it was a challenge. Saw lots of people in tennis shoes, which is asking for a twisted ankle or slipping on a rock. But a great hike none the less.

Amazing Trail. More treacherous than the photos really give it credit for. It’s straight uphill but not terribly long. Not for amateurs.

Great workout definitely worth the view!

Wonderful hike! The views from the peak are nice and you get a 360 view of the surrounding area. The way down does have a lot of loose rocks but as long as you are careful you will be okay! The parking lot is small so If you see cars in the overflow on the right just park there and it's a short walk to the trailhead.

FYI, I thought I’d mention that you can’t park at the trailhead. It’s down the street and then you walk up a hill to get to the start. This is a challenging hike that is pretty much straight uphill until you get to the top. Gorgeous views make the climb worth it! I did need to use my hands to climb in certain spots. A little tough on my knees coming back down. Proper footwear with good grip is important.

This is straight up and straight down Great views but couldn’t really enjoy until you stopped. But great workout

Gorgeous hike. Combined spur and dragonfly and a couple others. Beautiful photography. Best 6 bucks this couple ever spent.

Novice hiker, but i am in decent shape. Not too tough. Trail was great. I went early in the morning to catch the sunrise at the summit. The trail isn’t intimidating until you get to the last stretch to the summit. Basically, the heli Landing spot is where it gets dicey. Just take your time. I got lost going down a couple times. That was the gnarliest part. Sunrise was great time to hike it. Tennis shoes are ok, but hiking shoes/boots would have been much better

Not difficult at all enjoyable little hike

hiking
2 days ago

By far the best marked trail I have ever hiked and the most well maintained. There are many hills for photo opportunities are you head to the Thumb". If you are feeling a little more adventurous, look for the Miner's Cave and The Ogre's Den (not accessible), those were 2 cool additions I found during this hike.

heavy traffic on the trail but nice views from both sides as you're ascending. Be prepared to walk a near mile just to get to the trail head.

physically demanding and definitely not for first time hiking beginners, bring plenty of water and good gripping shoes

Definitely not a trail running trail- Absolutely spectacular views well marked Trail very pretty. All rocks. And definitely not a trail to take If you want to move fast! extremely crowded far too many hikers on trail for my preference

hiking
2 days ago

Well laid out trail with some loose rocks in spots so watch those ankles! Great payoff with a pool of water (it rained a little recently) below a group of rocks with Hohokam petroglyphs. Shamefully some recent graffiti added near the site.

I started at 10:30 am, I was surprised to see that most of the way up is in shade.

walking
3 days ago

Amazing! This easy scenic hike is something everyone should do at least once. The rock formations are so unique and this is an outing even young families will enjoy. During December, there are sign posts with the 12 days of Christmas, Arizona-desert style marking the first 1/4 mile of the route. Very easy and well maintained trail!

Fairly easy hike. Can get slippery at the end but beautiful.. Best in Jan/Feb after a good rain

Enjoyable hike. Quiet, moderate to easy hike. The views throughout are wonderful.

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.

This is my first time hiking camelback Mountain! I’m disabled and it was brutal! I made it 50 or so feet from the top. But didn’t feel safe scaling the rocks to the top. I’d be willing to try the echo canyon trail, I’m told it has more support. It’s definitely a challenge both physically and mentally. The energy of the mountain is definitely different! It’s super crowded! I’m still wrapping my mind around it

I enjoyed this with my 6 year old. Sun was pretty brutal mid day, for being December, and very little shade. Not too busy and beautiful views from the top. Moderate is a good rating for this trail.

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.

hiking
5 days ago

Ild call this moderate for sure. It’s lots of loose rock, sorta steel, and a bit of both at the end. With the effort though!

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked this about a month ago and the weather was (and still is) perfect. The first half on the way up is challenging and steep, but after that it's pretty easy climbing to the summit. Would definitely recommend using the lookout points to catch your breath and drink lots of water. This probably wouldn't be where I take a novice for a first hike. The views were absolutely incredible though! Most of the trail is in the sun. Would say it's moderately trafficked and well-marked, I doubt anyone could get lost. The parking lot is right at the trailhead, with restrooms and water; the park is really clean and well-maintained. Definitely plan on coming back soon!

hiking
5 days ago

Just did this oneand had a blast. Has a strong vertical ascent line. It’s not camelback grade but it’s a good solid workout and a lot of fun. There’s an American flag at the top which makes for some fun pics. I will probably do this one again with a weighted vest to crank up the workout.

The views are awesome!
Good challenge, but really crowded and people don’t yield:(

First time we hiked this trail so only went a couple miles in before turning around. We saw a Doe and her three fawns. A beautiful area and a nice easy hike. Looking forward to coming back and trying to finish all the way around and go to the Lookout.

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.

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