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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.

This a good mtb or hiking trail if you want want to get out of the heat and see some pines. It’s quiet and scenic.

hiking
4 hours 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.

hiking
8 hours ago

Lots of slippery boulders to climb over, be careful and you will have a lot of fun.

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.

Challenging trail, but safe. If you are looking for 45 min aerobic workout (on the way up), then this is the right trail for you

12 hours ago

Excellent

Always a tough hike but rewarding at the top

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

This was my first “hard” rated hike and I was glad I explored so many moderates before doing this one. It’s a strange hike set in a pattern of stairs. I came in pretty cocky and thought it’d be cake, but every time I thought I was near the top, I’d have even further distance to travel. I felt pretty accomplished when I got to the top.

There are aspects of the climb where you’re using your hands to pull yourself up and find yourself scrambling, so it’s smart to get comfortable with aspects of that before tackling this trail. I’m pretty sure I took summit straight through, but between the trek to my car and the climb, I clocked 5 miles. Not sure how that happened.

The parking is a mess. Summit’s lot is closed until next summer.

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.

Came mid-day and managed to park relatively close. Did Camelback the day before and Piestewa seemed much easier. Perfect weather for my two day stay in Phoenix.

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.

Hard but worth the effort!

get the legs ready

Great views, and great workout! Perfect to watch the sunset but bring a flashlight or headlamp for going down.

Such a rewarding hike!

pretty good hike

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.

A great shorter hike with a moderate effort. Challenging without being too long

My favorite around PHX.

Best views of Phoenix while still on the ground. Not like other trails around, lots of cement barriers built along the trail. More like a rock stair climb than a traditional hike but we still had a good time. Stretch your legs before you start, get there early as parking can be full.

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.

Great workout!

short and sweet

intense on the ol' leg muscles, but great trail!!!

Great views and great scrambling spots. Deducted a star for many people, even on Friday late morning, and for stairs.

First time hiking in Arizona and this trail was beyond my expectations!

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike!! This is the “jalapeño” hike in terms of just the right amount of heat for most people... if you want to turn it into a “habanero” you can by running up the hill but the elevation gain is probably just right for less than running. It is steep and rocky so wear solid boots and drop lower becoming more parallel to the trail in the vertical areas... this will help prevent falling/slipping and allow you to maintain pace while also utilizing hand holds on the rocks. A few false summits till you get to the flag and amazing 360 degree views at the top! Glad yesterday was leg day at the gym.... this “enhanced” my experience during today’s hike!!

Definitely a challenge but the homes all around it being built are taking the scenery away from it. Don’t let the short 2.2 miles fool you it is a butt burner.

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