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Beautiful trail and the views are amazing. Challenging at the end towards the view point, have to climb up at times. Bring gloves with grips, hiking shoes and layered clothing. If this trail is your first time, allow yourself enough time to go up and down. Minimum: 6 hours roundtrip. Definitely worth the challenge.

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.

One of the challenging trails I have hiked. Totally worth it.

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
20 hours 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
22 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.

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

Challenging and rewarding all together! Brought 3L of water and did not run out, but it was only 60F out. Gloves helped with the rock scrambles. Follow the dots, arrows and X’s. When in doubt, stay left. It was packed with people, but made for some friendly chats with strangers. Took ~2.5hrs to make the ascent. Bring a snack (and maybe a can of craft beer) for the summit and enjoy the views!!

rock climbing
1 day ago

Up, up and up some more. With all the climbing you earn the views.

Excellent

My all time favorite hike in AZ. The hike is strenuous with some rock climbing/hopping areas. Can be very busy though.

We hiked 12-08-18, we brought 3 bottles (16 oz)of water each and we did not finish all of it, brought lunch though, we had picnic at the summit. Things you need:
Proper hiking shoes, water, food, trail nuts, and a lot of will power and strength, and also you need a keen eye to watch for those painted white dots or the black X to follow the trail others had done, those are easier, don’t listen to anyone who tells you to follow a faster way up, it is hard and you might find yourself going back and following the other trail back up again...

I love this trail. This trail has lots plants and bushes which makes it dense.

Nice hike but very busy. Beautiful views. Easy to moderate hike.

hiking
1 day ago

A great workout with beautiful views all along the way. This is a gravel trail with good inclines so you can definitely break in your trekking poles. Reaching Tom’s Thumb felt very accomplishing and was well worth the hike. Very friendly people on the trail. Bring plenty of water. I will hike this again!

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!

HIGHLY reccomend

2 days ago

LOVE this hike. So worth it! Going over to the summit is a must as well.

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.

Wow, this has to be the prettiest trail in the Phoenix area. The rocks are amazing! But wow, what a climb! Kicked my butt! 4.2 miles took me 3 hours. 2 hours up, 20 minute rest on top and 40 minutes down. But what breathtaking views!

Signs at the base warn that this is a double black diamond, extremely difficult trail. While we turned around at the 0.57 mile marker it was certainly not extremely difficult to that point. My seven- and nine-year old kids climbed it with ease. It’s a well worn trail that appears to have been previously “paved”. Traffic, of which there is LOTS, and Mother Nature have worn away much of the man-made surface, but it’s still there in many spots.

For the vast majority of the hike I did it with a water bottle in one hand, and my daughters hand in the other!

Lots of fun and views are terrific.

Parking is a challenge because of the construction that has taken away many spots.

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.

Loved going on this hike. The views are absolutely amazing and it has some fun scrambling portions near the end.

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.

Nice and easy walk with minimal elevation gains. The views are mediocre compared to other local jaunts but I did see a beautiful Harris hawk at the vista! While these Sonoran preserve trails are certainly designed for novice hikers, they serve a valuable function in combatting the sedentary lifestyle many people lead. Beginners, elderly, and anyone battling the metabolic syndrome/excess visceral body fat can take in this hike and experience fresh clean air and warm sunshine without over extending themselves; this, in turn, lends a lot of credibility and importance to this area.

hiking
5 days ago

This trail did not disappoint! I am in decent shape and huffed and puffed up this sucker...lots of stops to enjoy the scenery” aka catch my breath, but the views going up and at the top are 100% worth it! I chose this over Camelback for a Sunday afternoon and it could not have been more perfect! Highly recommended!

Tougher at start but lightens up. Views are wonderful!

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