Explore the most popular trails in Echo Canyon Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hard hike but so rewarding and great view at the top.

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no shade
scramble
1 day ago

Tough hike but I loved it!

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no shade
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

This past Sunday morning I parked near the Cholla trailhead. Ubered to echo canyon then did the up and over. Finished near my car. Fitbit said 14,459 steps. 2 hours and 40 minutes. Very steep climb. Not for the faint hearted.

Challenging yet rewarding! Definitely bring enough water. Went solo and was not afraid to take a few breaks for myself throughout. I enjoyed every step of the way though and the rewarding mountain top view that I would love to come back to!

Really thought trail as you’re hiking and climbing with both hands and feet, but worth it at the end! I felt really accomplished! Go slow the first couple times and take breaks but everyone is really nice along the way. You can do it!

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bugs
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Got a parking ticket 5 minutes before reaching my car because it was barely after sundown. So be sure to stick to the timeframe! But it was a beautiful and challenging hike overall.

Hiked up echo canyon, down cholla, up cholla, then back down echo canyon. Beware of bees. Great views of the city. Please be mindful of others on the trail and don’t blast your music. Bring plenty of water and don’t forget to take a pic for your mom at the top. Echo canyon is harder than Cholla in my opinion.

It’s pretty tough but everyone on the trail is helpful and courteous

Great fast hike with scramble to the top. lots of people hiking, did it 3x

Super rocky..went up Cholla and down echo...my legs got an awesome workout. This is the 1sr intense hike I've done in like 3 or 4 yrs so I'll be feeling it. Very challenging. make sure you bring plenty of water!

Went up this way..rated extremely difficult last 1/3 of the way...pretty challenging with some scrambled. Absolutely stunning and worth going to the top. Went back down via echo...equally challenging in a different way.

A challenging trail with a fair amount of scrambling in the last 1/2. The view at the top is great.

Only 3 stars because it was very crowded (I got there 15 minutes after sunrise and the parking lot was 3/4 full) the views other than the top are “meh” and as a purest I detest the grab bars and manufactured foot holes to make the climb easier. Camelback suffers from its own success and is no longer a special hike - it’s manufactured.

Awesome hike/rock climb. It’s definitely an aerobic work out. Areas of trail are simply climbing rocks up a steep incline. Very doable - May need to take a few breaks. Do before noon, sun scorching.

We did on Monday morning and it was easy to park and trail not overly crowded.

This hike is a warm up for avid hikers. I don’t consider it difficult at all. My boyfriend hikes it with a 40 lb weight vest for fun. It may become difficult for those that don’t exercise, wear the wrong shoes, and hardly bring any water. Wear the right shoes people and bring plenty of water because you’re in Arizona. Also, please stop blasting your music like you’re in a club, nobody wants to hear your music so wear headphones. Camelback is pretty but way too many people there to enjoy it fully. Try it in the summer time when it’s 113 degrees. You’ll only see a few people on the mountain and you’ll get your exercise in because nobody is in your way. Thanks Camelback!

Super fun trail! Not easy w bad knees but completely doable... just have to take your time going down.

A favorite of mine.

It's little slippery. Need to carry more water during the trail.

Great just before sunset. Actually quite hard and steep. Need to be careful.

My daughter and I did both trails today, back to back. A good test of your conditioning and just beautiful views throughout.

Worth it at the top!

Loved this awesome hike and the views all around! It is definitely a challenging one, but so fun! I started at about 9:45 am on a Monday and the parking lot was full. Luckily my ride dropped me off. It took me an hour and 40 minutes. One of my new favorites!

Great trail but it gets steep and craggy at the top so be prepared to scramble some the last quarter mile.

I went in early morning didn't find difficult. Need to carry more water if you are going in sunny.

SO FUN!!! Did not expect it to be as hard as it was, but the view at top was so worth it. We found this lil cave and snuck in for some photos. Bring lots of water and be mentally prepared to push through!

Definitely a tough hike! Took about 2.5-3 hours with several stops. There are about 3 false summits. Bring lots of water and snacks! Also would recommend hiking boots/shoes for support on the rocky areas.

Super fun and physically challenging trail. You can literally take a break at any point, so don’t let the reviews on here dissuade you from trying. That said, know your limits if you’re not in the greatest shape. Definitely wear good hiking shoes. Make a huge difference. I’d say the only downside is trying to find a place to park (I literally parked 2 miles away.)

Great hike but definitely difficult! It’s more like 2.8 miles total out & back.
I would not recommend for the really young or old. It’s quite a climb at the end. Lots of rock climbing and steep inclines.

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rocky
scramble
22 days ago

This was a fun hike and definitely more challenging than any other we encountered while in AZ. The first 2/3 of the hike were switchbacks with occasional narrow paths with drop offs. The last 1/3 was challenging and essentially involved climbing over boulders. We hiked the first 2/3 with a 2 year old in a carrier but didn’t feel it was safe to take her the rest of the way. My husband and I switched off going to the summit. Took about 15 mins to reach the top. Beautiful views. Recommend going early in the morning because there is no shade and the parking can be horrible. Was about a .25 mile walk to the trailhead. We arrived around 715 am on a Tuesday and had to park quite a ways away but it just added to the length of the hike!

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rocky
scramble
23 days ago

Awesome hike! The earlier you start the easier it is to find parking. It is not for the faint of heart and good grip shoes are a must! My wife is 5 feet nothing and was able to climb up and down the boulders with the use of her hands. Saw a rescue crew going up when we were heading down. Know your limits to stay safe.

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