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I hiked this trail with my husband back in January when I was 38 weeks pregnant (my ambitious idea, not his) and loved it! It was a rewarding challenge with incredible views the entire way. The falls were dry at that time of the year, but it was still well worth it to get to the end. Lots of people were out, but everyone we passed was very encouraging along the way.

Super-challenging hike. About half way up, it starts to feel more like rock climbing than hiking. Tricky trail to follow. Only would recommend for experienced hikers in good shape. That said, very beautiful hike. Very special place. Lots of dramatic vistas. Happy we did it.

To the nice Canadians we met...we did find the way with the help of some locals.

One of my favorite climbs. Love the changing terrain. Challenging but very much worth it.

This is my favorite trail in the area.

Great experience! Must do!

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail, hiked this on a foggy rainy day and saw only three people on the while trip. The aspens were beautiful, unfortunately the canyon was engulfed in fog but there are lots of overlooks that I’m sure are specular on a clear day.

The first 2 miles are on hard pack dirt or paved road from the parking lot. The shuttle service was no longer running. The scenery the entire route is beautiful. I hit a dry season so the creek crossings were easy and dry. I can see more difficulty when water is flowing and would bring water shoes or prepare for soggy feet. The difficult part the trail is about a mile from the falls but it’s not super hard. I did find the trail relatively poorly marked given the 7 creek crossings. Because there are side trails by the crossings, pay attention to picking up the trail on the other side. Basically you are following the creek into the canyon so you cannot get lost but can end up searching a bit for the trail. The falls were almost nonexistent but there were pools of water and it didn’t take much to envision how spectacular it would be in the wet season.

Views at end are as good as anywhere, especially sunrises and sunsets.

We started our hike in the morning around 6 and arrived at the village around 1. The hike was beautiful! The water is a beautiful blue or even crystal clear in some parts. We were expecting the water to be in the 70’s but it wasn’t due to the fact that we went in October. If you’re going for perfect weather hiking then go in the earlier or later months. If you want to go when the water is just right go during the hotter months.

If a trail can be rated by the number of times used, Siphon Draw to the Flatiron is my nearly 200-time favorite. As I get older, however, it kicks my butt pretty hard so I use it less frequently. Start early for shade most of the way.

sweet trail would do it again.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful views on either side. The whole trail is 8 miles in and out and I only did 5.5 miles in and out. Took me 3 hours total given I’m not an experienced hiker and needed plenty of rest and time to enjoy the views. It wasn’t a busy trail I only saw one other person which was nice. It was a cloudy/cool day with a high of 61 when the sun popped out but I was still sweating. Definitely carry lots of water and be prepared for some good steep climbs.

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Spent the night at the top was sweet. I do this trail about twice a month helps me stay in shape and it's a good time getting to the top.

hiking
7 days ago

Well maintained trail. Leaving by 8am is great advice. My wife and I were fine with 2 L of water but it wasn't a hot day. Strangely enough, one of the creeks was bone dry on the way up but running pretty good 3 hours later when we go back to it. We ended up using the road from that point on.

Hate to be in the minority here, but Camelback is just meh. My issue is the crowd and just the general traffic of the mountain. I have done this hike 3 times. The first time was 117 at my truck when I started out. as you can imagine there was only 5-10 people on the trail. The second time up was just about 10 degrees cooler and was also uncrowded. Today the temperature was about 76 and was very crowded and kind of unfriendly.

Yeah the hike is strenuous and a scramble for most of the way, but what I find lacking is soul.

For an in town hike I am all about Piestewa. People just seem happier, less aggressive and I like the views better. Given the opportunity a short drive to the mountains ringing our valley and points beyond seem to offer what brings me happiness and peace. I understand the draw here, but I think I'll reserve Camelback for the crazy hot months when the crowds are sane enough to stay away.

Waterfall looked nice. Not a ton of water but definitely enough to get wet!

Arizona’s own piece of paradise ❤️ it is a very tough hike. Mostly the distance. But well worth every ache.

Maintain three points of contact and move deliberately...

hiking
8 days ago

I hiked in and camped near the ranch. Wonderful hike, quite moderate and enjoyable. The apples were all over the place as of early October!

trail running
8 days ago

Plenty of apples this year (2018). I would try and make it up during October before they go bad.

Only went half way up Echo Canyon Trail, because one of our hikers has a bad knee. Nice views and a good workout going up. Going down the footing is a little shaky.

probably one of the more decent trails in the area. The falls area is worth a look if you can back in there.

The trail at some of the dry river bed crossings aren't marked so keep your eyes peeled or you might end up scrambling up or down the river bed for a while before you realize you aren't in the trail.

1:30 to make it up... how’s a good time to go... great hike for kids... 12+.

Make sure you go very early in the morning if you want to complete this in the summer months. Pretty challenging hike -took me about 4 hours total.

hiking
10 days ago

A beautiful trail from start to finish. A solid moderate rated trail, I can see where for some it could be ranked difficult. Good hiking shoes with good gripping power is a must. Trail required focus on the path as you walked it, no looking around for me, so frequent stops to take in the amazing views. Path is visibly easy to follow, no markers outside of the trail head. Was light traffic today, ran into maybe a total of 10 other hikers. By the end I had 5.7 miles, so as others noted, it’s longer than the states 4.8 miles. Took me 3hrs 15min, with taking about 15 mins at the turnaround point to take in views. Great hike for views and a workout!! Then treat yourself to food & beverage in Tortilla Flats afterward, it’s a well deserved reward!

This is a solid 4.4 mile hike (8.8mi out and back) starting with a mild 1.4mi flat / paved surface climb. The remaining 3 miles is mostly a gradual 1,000ft climb with mixed rocky, sandy, and step up & down path. Took us about 2hrs with few breaks. The trail ends at the falls which cannot be seen until the last few hundred feet of the trail.

Signage along the path is confusing and limited. It is easy to get off the trail. You will cross the Bear Creek like 3-4 times which also makes it easy to lose the trail. It is heavily trafficked so adjusting should not be difficult. Cellular signal was available throughout the trail.

The falls were dry when we arrived. The water was pretty murky. Beyond that, this is a moderate trail with beautiful scenery. Well worth the trip!

Went there yesterday and the waterfall was flowing! It was so wonderful!

Beautiful, moderate, pet friendly trail. I recommend going at sunrise to get a stunning view of the valley and surrounding mountains.

best trail I've done so far, so worth the long hike to see the waterfalls

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