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Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

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Address: 5700 North Echo Canyon Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone Number: 626 417 9882
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If you like hiking trails, this is not for you. However, this is a very fun bouldering trail that is a great leg workout and tons of fun. Steep inclines are large boulders make up... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Surprise, Arizona
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Surprise, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

If you like hiking trails, this is not for you. However, this is a very fun bouldering trail that is a great leg workout and tons of fun. Steep inclines are large boulders make up this trail and it is 1.2 miles each way. I recommend it!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This was great little hike with lots of Bouldering and really nice views of Phoenix. Their are a couple of steep inclines but with the help of the railings it was pretty easy. I agree with others that this was a great workout.

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Denton, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

First, don't attempt to drive here yourself. There are about 20 parking spots and the lot is always full. You cannot park in the neighborhood and the closest place to park is 1.5 miles down the street so the best bet is to Uber it. Make sure you wear hiking shoes and not tennis or running shoes. There are some... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There are people who run up it. The fastest is 14+ minutes. For those who aren't interested in running up a trail it is a really cool place to hike as you go by Echo canyon then up and around under the cliff. It is very dramatic. After that the texture of the trail changes some which is interesting. When... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great trail for seeing the valley, however is sometimes a bit crowded as many locals and tourists alike hike here. If you are able to go at off times and not peak times is a huge plus and parking and everything is usually much better!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Liked the scenery and challenge of the trails. Best to go when it's not crazy busy (i.e. very early in the morning or mid-afternoon).

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Binghamton, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It's an awesome natural area, at least for those of us from the east. The climb is worth trying, though at age 77 I could only make it half way up the mountain. Wonerful views.

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This hike was fantastic, but does include basic rock climbing sections and a constant incline. It was a good aerobic workout and well worth it in the end. The views from the top are great. Allow over two+ hours and bring a minimum of 32oz. of water per person.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I read a lot of reviews about this and I this most are scaremongering. Yeah it is a steep walk but if you consider yourself half fit it's not a problem. just take water with you, use the rails if you need them. You will likely need all your limbs at some points but once at the top it is... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

If you are wanting to take a hike, then you might want to try something else. If you want a serious amount of boulder scrambling, some steep drop-offs and a fabulous view at the top, then go for it! We were well prepared and had a terrific time. Gloves are nice for hand protection.

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