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I've done this hike a few times starting at Echo then to Cholla and back to Echo again. It typically takes me about 3.5-4 hours to complete and only 2 hours to go from just Echo to Cholla. When I hike this trail, I am usually going at a consistent walking pace and only take a break once I reach the top. I would definitely recommend bringing at least 2 liters of water like the other reviewers stated. In my opinion, Cholla is the easier of the two trails and Echo has a lot of scrambling. I personally prefer to start at Echo since it hurts my knees more going down large rocks versus going up them. Echo has parking (and bathrooms) at the trailhead whereas Cholla only has parallel parking along the main road. Both trailheads are easy to find as they are well marked by signs.

Difficult but so great

Great hike went this morning. Had beautiful weather and great views. Was mild traffic not too bad just make sure to start by 9 on the way down was getting a little crowded. Also bring the right shoes very rocky terrain. Overall I enjoyed this hike and would do it again.

For reference we got there at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday and there were only a few parking spots left. Loved the hike despite the large crowd.

go up to the top , then come back down to the half way point. then run the back side all the way around to the front parking lot.

only did it 11 times in a row , in 13 hrs .

It’s a high trafficked Trail. I took my dog, and she loved it. It’s great for families, as well. VERY HARD TO FIND PARKING. You have to have good luck from the parking Gods to get in that tiny lot.

It was a very difficult trail towards the summit. It was totally worth the climb, and I felt very accomplished after the climb.

2 days ago

Sneaky hard trail. Good Stuff!!

For lots of breaks and someone out of shape, 3 hours round trip. Definitely something I have to do at least once a year. If parking wasn’t so difficult, I would go every weekend! We went around 11:30 on a Thursday and it was crowded.

Respectable short hike but too much traffic and not much variation along the way.

Great hike with several challenges. Parking fills up so get there early.

I'M EXHAUSTED! An hour trek to the top with water breaks. A complete work out with lots of sweat included, and I still have to go back down to the trailhead. Well worth it.

Hiked this trail with a few friends. Started hike around 8 am to avoid hot sun and to get a parking spot at the base of the mountain. Trail was well travelled with numerous challenging sections. Our first time, it took us about 2 hours. Great views from the top and well worth the climb. Good footwear is a must and three point contact on the way down helped in avoiding jarring of the knees.

You get to use your arms too as in a lot of parts it’s a scramble uphill. Good shoes and a treking pole can help. The way down offers a nice, alternative challenge to hiking and scrambling up. Great views to marvel at.

Nice hike with great views of Phoenix at the top!

very exciting hike the top is scary but so worth it its an amazing view and my favorite hike in the area so far definitely worth your time

Lots of boulder scrambling, plenty of elevation, and fabulous views from the top. You may want to wear gloves because you'll be reaching over quite a few boulders on your way up. Wear sticky soled shoes and be considerate and tolerant - it's crowded, and some hikers are struggling. You may need to park at a nearby shopping center or hotel lot due to very high traffic on this trail.

Took a lot of breaks during the hike but it was totally worth it! Not recommended for inexperienced hikers. Will definitely do it again.

Love it ... great challenge and beautiful views.

This is always the place I use to introduce family visitors to hiking. Looks easier than it is, but beautiful views every step of the way.

Only giving it four stars because of how crowded it was - we went on a weekend, but would recommend either going very early or during the week. The hike itself is tough, with steep (but short) climbs. May not be suitable for those who have height/vertigo issues, but the view at the top is well worth the climb! Bring water and be prepared to navigate the crowds

Pretty rocky at the top. Beautiful views.
This trail gets very crowded.

Pretty short hike, but a great workout. Went in the afternoon on a Sunday, fairly crowded but not unbearable. Got to the top in just over 30 minutes, if I lived here would definitely return and try and improve my time. Really accessible from downtown Phoenix (I biked over) and great views at the top. Would love to go again either at sunrise or sunset.

Go before sunset. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the sunset & then the lights of the city. Absolutely breathtaking. It is definitely a very populated trail and people are not always polite. But the view from the top is 100% worth it. Also, go all the way to the top - you can do it. For an avid hiker I would say this is easy-moderate (go at least an hour before sunset). Otherwise I would say hard for a beginner (go at least 1.5hrs before sunset). Try to beat your time every time you go! I'm at about 30 minutes up. If you go at night you should be fine with the flashlight on your phone but you can bring a headlamp if that makes you feel better. You can do by yourself or with friends. If you have trouble parking, just park in the neighborhoods as the trailhead is not too far.

Great workout. Would be 5 stars if not so crowded.

Nice hike, few people on the loop though the trail to the summit is crowded. Parking is difficult on weekends.

Would be 5 stars if not so crowded. Don't attempt on weekends!

Es una montaña espectacular, todos los fines de semana la subo al lado de mi amigo. Al principio batallábamos mucho, pero después de un tiempo lo encontramos más facil. 100% recomendable.

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