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It’s was a good hike but super crowded, even on a week day. No one wants to wait in line while bouldering. Other than that, great views at the top!

I did this hike clockwise and felt as though it was okay but I wish I hadn't brought my dogs. I went on a weekend and it was really crowded throughout the entirety of the hike. There were a people without leashes on their dogs that ran up to mine along with a few other owners that walked directly toward my pups even though I was clearly moving away to the side. My dogs aren't aggressive but one of them gets very nervous with other dogs so I like to keep them separated. I almost never have any issues like this and its possible that this was a one off situation but it really distracted me from enjoying the hike. The trail starts with an incline that gets the blood pumping and then the last half is a nice descend with some steep parts. The views were quite average in comparison to other nearby trails. The entire hike took me less than 2 hours going at a leisurely pace. The trailhead was easy to get to and had a large parking lot.

Easy hike with little portions of elevation. Great for dogs and children.

Great trail, but once you get towards the point in the trail that takes you up to the lookout the path isn’t very clear. If you want to see the lookout there is a way to drive up to the top which had many tourists.

I've done this hike a few times starting at Echo then to Cholla and back to Echo again. It typically takes me about 3.5-4 hours to complete and only 2 hours to go from just Echo to Cholla. When I hike this trail, I am usually going at a consistent walking pace and only take a break once I reach the top. I would definitely recommend bringing at least 2 liters of water like the other reviewers stated. In my opinion, Cholla is the easier of the two trails and Echo has a lot of scrambling. I personally prefer to start at Echo since it hurts my knees more going down large rocks versus going up them. Echo has parking (and bathrooms) at the trailhead whereas Cholla only has parallel parking along the main road. Both trailheads are easy to find as they are well marked by signs.

This trail is definitely challenging for new hikers and an overall awesome workout. When I lived closer, I used to hike this every morning during sunrise because the views were so beautiful as you ascend the mountain. I can typically finish the entire hike in about 1.5 hours or less going at a consistent walking pace. The last part of the hike (past where the emergency helicopters would be able to land) involves some scrambling and it can be easy to get lost if you are unsure of where to go. Be sure to look at the rocks for the navigational markings and pay attention to signs. Also, I see a ton of people attempt this hike with just a single water bottle but I definitely recommend bringing at least 1-2 liters depending upon the time of year you go. There is no parking lot and you instead parrallel park on the main road a little ways from the trailhead. It is easy to spot where you need to park though because there are some signs on the road that signal you where to go.

It is a good hike.. the trail is not heavily markedly

Great hike went this morning. Had beautiful weather and great views. Was mild traffic not too bad just make sure to start by 9 on the way down was getting a little crowded. Also bring the right shoes very rocky terrain. Overall I enjoyed this hike and would do it again.

Great trail, awesome incline towards the peak. Lots of loose rock but almost no crowd! Great views of the whole valley. Parked on Tatum and used trail 100 to meet with the trail to the peak.

1 day ago

Easy in technical hiking where you aren’t scrambling over boulders. It’s a nice short loop hike with some quick elevation climbs. Also excellent views as you walk the spine.

go up to the top , then come back down to the half way point. then run the back side all the way around to the front parking lot.

only did it 11 times in a row , in 13 hrs .

on Corona Loop

1 day ago

The hike was easy and didn’t take a long time to complete

1 day ago

I started out today on my way from Piestewa Peak Park to Tatum Drive along the L.V. Yates (8), but not having done that in quite a while, I was a little bit unsure of how to go, so when I came to the Ruth Hamilton (8B), I turned off and headed back to the park. I had not even gone quite as far as I thought, but gave up and turned back. That's kind of the tail end of the 8B anyway, and involves a bit of a climb up to the peak. From there it travels down to the park, along a narrow trail with tricky footing. The 8B is quite a fun trail.

1 day ago

nice easy trail when you o my have a small amount of time for a quick hike.

The rocks are a bit too loose, too big, and too irregularly shaped for my liking. The trail is a bit confusing and isn’t marked and branches off in many directions a few times. I passed a few families that seemed familiar with the trail and enjoyed it. This was my first time and probably my last. No thanks.

A must-do. It’s not really a hike and it’s great for children. It’s a Phoenix landmark.

It’s a high trafficked Trail. I took my dog, and she loved it. It’s great for families, as well. VERY HARD TO FIND PARKING. You have to have good luck from the parking Gods to get in that tiny lot.

Great hike! It definitely will get your heart pumping.

It was a very difficult trail towards the summit. It was totally worth the climb, and I felt very accomplished after the climb.

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2 days ago

very easy to follow, nice trail head. A good hike

pretty good hike. did this and decided to take 302 loop from base and back around east and North to the 1A trail and back to dreamy draw. lots of ups, downs and switchbacks. overall one hell of a workout.

2 days ago

Sneaky hard trail. Good Stuff!!

Challenging and beautiful. Harder coming down. Witnessed a rescue here today. So, watch your footing, and bring lots of water. We brought over a gallon and could have used more between two.

Excellent trail, plenty of up and down terrain.. beautiful views, so clearly se to the city

Very easy trail, highly trafficked “trail”. The view of the city is wonderful, however, make sure to take your anti anxiety meds before making the short walk due to people not watching their children close enough. Also, be sure to wear appropriate footwear as the rocks are rather slick due to the frequent use.

3 days ago

Definitely not hard, moderate more appropriate. Suggest doing the loop and include the 2nd summit, even then not hard. Nice view from summit.

Busier trail which is expected in the city, but the view is great! Much more hike feel than the stairs over at Piestewa. Parking is a a pain and no facilities at trail head. I agree with others, moderate the first 2/3 of hike then more difficult. Wearing proper shoes and bringing more water than you think you need is just smart especially on this trail. Saw lots of people in slippery casual shoes with no grip having a harder time than need be and some with no water.

Respectable short hike but too much traffic and not much variation along the way.

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