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

Super tough yet equally rewarding hike!

This is an exciting rock scramble pretty much in the city. You get plenty of nice views, a great work out, and memories.

Great for all levels of hikers. For the less experienced be sure to bring LOTS of water and take breaks when you need to.

Word of advice for all when heading back down the mountain: don’t hike, fall with style!

hiking
3 days ago

beautiful hike, great for families. Bring water!!

Hello fellow hikers, I hiked this peak on a cloudy day of mid June’18 with tiny drizzle. Its a beautiful hike through the ascend and descends of two peaks. I could spot name plates of well maintained biology. I must say, the Authority folks are doing their job very well. Its a easy hike and not a loop.
P.S - carry the water cans placed at entrance for pick up and drop at designated spots if you can, that shall help water and nourish the biology en route the trail.
Happy hiking and good health!

This is an amazing trail... it’s a great workout and definitely a substitute for interval training.

mountain biking
6 days ago

Smooth and flowy desert ride. I did it counter clockwise and would probably do it clockwise the next time I go...

Absolutely LOVED this! I will admit this trail is marked extremely hard for a reason. I am not an experienced hiker but I had a blast climbing up the rocks! Bottom part was honestly the hardest for me cardio-wise since it was basically incline walking. After the first couple sets of stairs and rock climbs it does get a bit easier to climb but be aware it it’s pretty much straight rock climbing to the very top. View was totally worth it! My body will be sore for a few days but I would love to do it again!!

First time walking this trail and I loved it. A leg workout for sure, first part is a little tough but gets easier up top. This is a huge hiking area so I did not have too much time to explore side trails as much I would love too. Definitely returning and exploring more. Highly recommend this trail! Bring plenty of water! I was almost out walking down the hill.

Took us 1 hour up, 50 minutes down. The trail is easy to follow. This is a leg workout! Great views at the top and along the way. We started the trail at 6 am and the temperature was perfect. You do get some shade in the middle of the hike too, at the hour we went.

hiking
10 days ago

Good hike! It goes up and down twice, so basically hiking two mountains simultaneously as both are connected from east to west. The end and beginning of the end was definitely the most strenuous part, but definitely one that can be accomplished in 2 hours from start to finish. Moderate level hike.

hiking
10 days ago

No real hiking paths. We ended up just walking around and exploring. It was nice area but prob wouldn’t go back.

First hike I did in Arizona. The views were absolutely amazing. A difficult trail, but that was my first time hiking all year, so if I can do it (and little kids can) anyone can!

hiking
12 days ago

Good, worthwhile jaunt if you’re a Valley resident. If you’re a visitor there are better ones to do.

It is amazing. Gotta do it. But it is rough.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice hike beautiful scenery, moderate trail condition

hiking
13 days ago

First of all, I’d definitely recommend doing the hike. Very clearly marked. Well maintained. Beautiful view — I did mine at sunset and it was amazing.

My watch registered this hike at just a shy under 5 miles. And, it was a tad harder than I had anticipated it would be.

The first .25 miles are nothing but a walk through the desert. The next .75-1 mile was essentially straight incline - you think you’re done a bunch of times. Tons of switch backs. Very little relief. The last .75 was a mixture of ups and downs but since you can see your destination it’s not bad at all.

I’d strongly suggest not going in the heat of the sun.

If you only hike one trail in Scottsdale it’s got to be this one! This is a challenging rock scramble that rewards you with a beautiful view of the surrounding city at the top. It Can be especially challenging in high heat but during the winter and early spring this trail is still busy and much easier. Be prepared for a down climb that feels more like falling with style.

BE WARNED, 19/M/220lbs, Your average weight lifter. Hasn't hiked since 15.
1.I put myself in a really bad spot on this hike, i started at 5pm(my first mistake), I didn't bring enough water(2nd mistake), and i summited it to try and impress this beautiful girl(3rd mistake).
2. Made it to the top through great effort, didn't realize that the sun was going down, didn't have a flashlight, was delirious from lack of water/heat/exhaustion.
HOWEVER; this hike has reignited my passion for the outdoors and the mountains, ill be returning on the 8th, with gear......

Very intensive

Pretty easy Terrain. Good for all ages. Some harder elevation at the end but you finish on a mile of decline.

fun trail, park off road and go past gate and have fun, if you hike far enough there is a spring, they added a parking lot may 23 2018 not open yet but looks like it we be for ohv use to ride around they have been fixing forest signs and all that, one of my favorite places to hunt and to just hike around

Very intense, very beautiful. Glad I wore very grippy sneakers with rather stiff soles.
1hr up, including some photo and breathing stops. Same timing for the way down.

Great hike .. I would rate it moderate. Have done a couple times with my kids and friends and have enjoyed it equally both times. Beautiful views of the Phoenix area !

Beautiful hike and very well marked and maintained trail

Great trail. Mostly flat. Great for all ages.

hiking
26 days ago

Located in scottsdale, camelback mountain is an extremely fun hike with beautiful view of the phoenix area.
This is considered a hard hike but if you are in good shape and like a hiit exercise then this is for you. Make sure you take plenty of water and hike either early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Trails are not covered by sub most of the time.

Very scenic; starts out with a lot of uphill then gets easier. No bug issues May 24

hiking
27 days ago

Always a good hike.

What's to say that hasn't already been said?
Iconic: Yes
Crowded: You bet
Challenging: Definitely - worth the Hard rating but when I see kids the age of 5 or 6 climbing to the top of this thing I think "recommended for very experienced adventurers" is a general guideline.

This is the most recognized hike in the Valley from what I have come to learn. It was my first hike when I moved here. I really like this hike even though it has the determined runners, back packers, dudes wearing altitude masks carrying weights, little kids (I brought mine 4, 10, 11, 13), sorority girls going selfie crazy at the top and everything in between.

The day I went the Police Helicopter was circling the top of the mountain toward Cholla Trail telling hikers to get back on the path. This bump is crazy and fantastic at the same time. This is the quintessential hike in the Valley and all the craziness is worth it.

If you can focus on the experience of what's going on and not the madness it creates then this is a great hike. I do and it is.

Fun trail and great climb. The views get even better as the hike goes on. The trail can be difficult at times and hard on the body but the summit was worth the climb. Very rewarding once you hit the top. Bring lots of water as the climb can be deceiving.

An extremely difficult but rewarding trail! The trail essentially breaks down into seven parts
1. Initial, winding switchback that can be seen from the parking lot. This is the easiest part of the ascent, but still can be difficult if unprepared.
2. A wooden staircase climb
3. Back-to-back guided handrail climbs. I highly recommend you use these handrails (even if you are a germaphobe!). There are sections where the rocks are extremely hard to navigate without the handrails. Also, because the trail is so crowded, there often times isn't a lot of room to roam around the middle when ascending.
4. Rock staircase #1 - steep and pretty long, but not the most difficult.
5. Rock staircase #2 - The steepest and longest of the three. This is definitely the most brutal part of the hike. It also teases you by having a small false summit about halfway up, so be prepared for that.
6. Rock staircase #3 - Arguably more difficult than the first rock staircase because you've already exerted so much effort climbing, but not as difficult as the second. Thankfully, it's not very long so it can be done in a few minutes.
7. The Summit!! I'm an experienced hiker in the Valley, and I think it is right up there with the views from Piestwa Peak, Dobbins Lookout @ South Mountain, and the top of Flatiron @ the Superstition Mountains. Definitely worth the pain!

Be prepared for this hike! I did it yesterday (5/22/2018) and a gentleman unfortunately broke his leg on the trail. To reinforce past comments:

1. I highly recommend bringing an entire liter of water. "Heat headaches" are a real thing, and the physical exertion needed to complete multiple difficult ascents (each requiring a very extended, steep climb)
2. PACE YOURSELF! The fastest I've done this hike is 70 minutes. I know several people in awesome shape (which I'm certainly not) who can do it in under 50. However, I really only see this done in the winter when it's nice and cool. I highly recommend taking this hike slowly, starting early in the morning (before 8:00 am) and stopping consistently for water breaks. This is essential for those who do not live here in the Valley and are not adjusted to the summer heat.
3. Wear hiking shoes or boots! There are many people who complete this trail in running shoes or cross-trainers, but it is an unnecessary risk. To say there are ample opportunities to slip and fall is an enormous understatement. This trail is as rugged and difficult as they come in the Phoenix area, so make sure your footwear reflects this!

I hope this doesn't scare anyone off because the sense of accomplishment after finishing Echo Canyon is truly euphoric. Amazing workout and amazing views!

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