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A bit of a climb in the first 1/3 then pretty easy to the top. Great views of Scottsdale at the top and Fountain Hills just before the top. Really enjoyable hike.

Very nice easy trail.

2 days ago

Nice incline for the first 1.5 miles. Breathtaking views. Slippery and steep on the way down. Not for casual hikers.

Fun, challenging and endless views with mild weather yesterday. My first time hiking Camelback. Take plenty of water.

nice treck

4 days ago

Did this on Saturday and got rained out but made it to the thumb and back. A fun experience.

So beautiful! Good workout!

My favorite McDowell trail - rugged but beautiful and very doable!

Great views - good morning walk

Great family hiking trail!!! We saw two Diamondback Rattlesnakes, Spiny Dessert Lizard, Quails, Rabbits, and amazing views!! Highly recommend this hike. It was a little busy but people were very friendly. Our 8 year old kept up with no problems. Take plenty of water and sunscreen. Enjoy!!

Really nice short in and out trail leading to some breathtaking views and some interesting ruins. We had the place to ourselves it was lovely

Nice easy hike on a gravel and sand marked trail. Some ups and downs, but not too strenuous. Went around 4:30 pm and was mostly shaded. Finished around 6:30 with a brisk pace on the way back. Can’t see the sunset here but beautiful colors on the surrounding mountains and area.

Excellent work out

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.

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.

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.

My first ever hike in Arizona (I ended up doing six in six days during my visit). Very enjoyable and simple, with great views every time you turn around. Lots of parking at the trailhead, as well as very friendly staff (volunteers?). I was there on a Saturday in late September at about 9:30 AM, and there were tons of people, mostly finishing, although they were spread out, so it wasn't a problem. Only saw one or two people going up while I was on my way down.

Nice trail, good workout. The way back is definitely more difficult, especially with the sun beating down. Made it to about the 70 mark, then turned around due to knowing I'd have to go back up a decent incline and it wasn't getting any cooler. stunning views, the people were, meh...not the friendliest but that didn't stop me from saying hello. recommend, probably during the week.

Killer beginning, but well worth pushing all the way to the top. Amazing views in every direction!!!

Not for beginner hikers. The extensive and steep rock gardens extended far beyond my anticipation! Invest in quality hiking or trail running shoes and a hydration pack.. carrying your water via bottle would be very uncomfortable as you use all limbs to make it up and down this beast. Once to the top; the 360 degree views are priceless!!! Definitely added this hike to my favorites!! Do NOT go off the trail and heed all signs! Have fun and be safe!!!

trail running
20 days ago

NIce trail for practice runs... do it clockwise and you get a nice downhill run!!!

This is an easy 1-mile out-and-back trail. Nice views of the surrounding valley. Very interesting history lesson on the signage along the way.

Found an earring on the trail, partial hoop diamond- if anyone lost please let me know!

Nice workout. Started at 9.30u, a bit late on this very hot day. Only made it to the top with 2 Liters of water, good footwear and multiple stops but the views were worth it. When you’re halfway up you understand that the warnings at the start of the climb are there for a reason (not used to these in the Netherlands)

Great views from the summit. If anyone lost a rock, painted with Relax on it......please contact me, I found on trail. atthepost1017@gmail.com

I would rate this as easy to moderate, but I love riding my mountain bike here.
Most any bike can use it thou.

good trail. nice hike . but somewhat dull

26 days ago

This is a nice trail. with a lot if cardio involved. good 2.5h hike. Nice overlook of the Valley. a must

27 days ago

First mile is very difficult. After that it’s pretty easy. Great view

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