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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!

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2 days ago

It‘ s a nice short but moderate hike. It took me 50 minutes from the parking lot to the cave and this is including stops to take pictures. On the way back I took my time looking for critters and reptiles. Found some scorpions and lizards.
As for the cave I was the first one of the day and I had the cave all for myself. Loved it!!!

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

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

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.

Would go 1000 times again. Pretty rocky at the end but worth every second!
Bring water !!!

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.

I'd call this moderate but strenuous. Nothing incredibly difficult about the ascent, just a lot of work if you aren't in the best shape (me). I particularly enjoy that it's not the usual desert landscape. There are a lot of trees and shady areas that you can feel the temp drop as soon as you walk through them. There's a beautiful view of the Needle at the top with plenty of space to relax and enjoy the view. A great all around hike. Plan on about 90-120 minutes up and about an hour back down.

Getting to the trailhead is straightforward. Once you get off the 60 you go about a mile on pavement, then loose asphalt. Then the rest of the road in is about 5 miles of washboard dirt so be prepared. Nothing a little car can't handle, but it does take a bit of time to get to the parking lot.

The trail is pretty easy to follow and mostly marked by its wear. In the few spots it wasn't completely obvious there are kairns ti guide you in the right direction.

Did this hike a week ago and loved it. Definitely a change of scenery. Felt very foresty (as opposed to the usual desert landscape) with the trees and bush, especially at the beginning. Awesome rock formations and views the whole way up. I was worried about the trail's difficulty but would say the trail is moderate and the elevation is gradual. Weaver's Needle is super cool to see too. Loved how "out there" the park felt (as opposed to more urban environments like Camelback or Dobbins Lookout), a total escape. We started at 2 pm, weather in the 60s or so, and almost the entire trail was in the shade, so we got pretty cold at certain points. Wished I wore leggings and brought a jacket. Moderate to highly trafficked. Also, beware that the trailhead is at the end of a 7 mile dirt road. Saw quite a few sedans but would still recommend driving a SUV if possible.

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.

5 days ago

Excellent

for two 66 year olds it was all we wanted. beautiful scenery

Always a tough hike but rewarding at the top

Gorgeous hike with an amazing sunset while I hiked back down! I don't agree with the person who said you cant take a small car down to the trail. I did it just fine. I've also taken my little car all the way down the 88 to Roosevelt Lake.

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

I forget how much I love this trail. It never ceases to impress me when you come up over the saddle!

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.

My favorite hike yet. Beautiful up, at the top, and back. Hope to do it again soon.

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.

Started Clockwise....ended up all over the place as not marked well at all.....but what a beautiful adventurous hike it was!

A great hike today. Love this trail. Dont be scared of it, just get out there and do it.

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.

Had some hard spots but overall easy and worth the trip.

Hard but worth the effort!

hiking
10 days ago

Need a red rock pass!!!
Amazing views. Went during the week and had the whole cave to myself. You definitly should bring a hiking stick to assist in the downward decent. Loose gravel is tricky. Took roughly 50 minutes going up. I thought it would be a much faster hike being only 3 miles but the elevation gane is over 3000’. Very dense desert vegetation once you are about halfway up the trail. Very picturesque. Would not recommend for young kids.

Did this with my dog today. Great hike! It gets a bit harder towards the end. All of the previous reviews are quite accurate.

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