Echo Canyon Summit Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Camelback Mountain is iconic throughout the Phoenix area, and is perhaps the most popular of in-town hiking locations. Extreme heat, no shade, and thick crowds make this a difficult hike during the summer months. The summit offers view of the Phoenix metro area.
Great workout and views but so crowded. The price you pay I guess. Shout out to the silver haired eco warrior who biked there, hiked up, flew down and then picked all the recycling out of the trash can and put them in the appropriate bin.
Recommend getting a ride as parking is tough. The first bit seems fairly easy, but once you get to the boulder climbing it's fairly constant to the top. It was more difficult than I expected and required frequent rest breaks, but was well worth it!
Great view, tougher hike than expected.
This hike is a serious challenge for most hikers. All but the most agile and phiysically fit will require frequent rest breaks. Go at your own pace and get an early morning start to avoid the intense heat of mid-day and early afternoon sun. It's a great trail for the challenge alone and deserves 5 stars but its popularity makes the hike very crowded as the most sensible early morning and late evening times to hike are of course the most crowded. Although I must admit there was a certain sense of comraderie among hikers whom I heard encouraging each other as they tackled the tough ascent to the summit.
Great trail. Very challenging. Boulder climbing 50% of the time.
First time hike. took 1.75 hours roundtrip at a moderate pace. crowded at 8am on a weekend. tough parking. lots of boulders-watch your step as you can easily twist or break an ankle, like we saw happened today. at least 3 tough elevations, the first does have a hand rail to get you through. great views. will do again.
Very hard to get a parking spot. I parked about 1.5miles from where the trail started, thats its only down part. But above all the hike was really fun, you truly get to see how beautiful the Arizona desert can be.