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Address: 5700 North Echo Canyon Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone Number: 626 417 9882
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Take it from a resident that lives with Camelback Mountain and the Echo Canyon Trail in our backyard...be prepared! We see a number of tourists (and locals) attempt this trail and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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AA, Mi
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Attempted this "hike"/rock climb with wife and daughter (age 10) and they had to give up after ~45 minutes and 600/ 1300 vertical feet climb. I returned 3 days later and reached summit in 55 minutes climb + 40 minute descent. This is a very challenging, steep rock climb and not really a hike. Summit view and physical challenge are... More 

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Phoenix
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Take it from a resident that lives with Camelback Mountain and the Echo Canyon Trail in our backyard...be prepared! We see a number of tourists (and locals) attempt this trail and not prepared for the incline and effort it takes. Bring water and turn around if your feel it's too strenuous. We have seen too many rescues.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I woke my friend up at 5am so that we could see the sunrise on this hike.I had read the earlier you get there, the better. Parking was not bad at all since we had gotten there so early. Being from MD we have trail hikes around here and were both in good shape. However, this hike wasn't what we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Visiting Scottsdale from the Seattle area and decided to be adventurous and go for a hike. Which I must say I had never done before. I read reviews on the Echo Canyon and Cholla Trails and settled on Echo Canyon. I did read that this is a challenging hike. But I figured, what the heck, it's only 1.2 miles up.... More 

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My boys (age 10 and 13) love to be active and we decided to hike Echo Canyon on the suggestion of a local friend. Little did I know this was part hike, part rock climbing. This is a great challenging hike. We saw people with gloves on and now we know why! Parking is awful in the morning as everyone... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

There's not a lot that draws me to Phoenix/Scottsdale, other than business. However, whenever I am traveling to the area on business I try to fit in an early morning hike/climb to the summit of Camelback. An advantage of the Echo Canyon trail over the Cholla Trail is parking at the trailhead. However, you need to arrive early to take... More 

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Another great destination recommended by the hotel staff. Beautiful scenery, great tourist shops and places to grab a bite to eat. The shops had beautiful items!

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Kerman, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Get there early, Parking is Yucky, the hike is fun and kids can definitely do this side. Earlier the better.

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Mesa, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This trail has two major drawbacks. I went on it once, will not need to go again. The trail is really boulder hopping, and the crowds are often horrible. Waiting for people to pass on the trail and parking are issues. It is handy, the lower portion of the trail is nice, but I could see when we got up... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I visited the Echo Canyon trail while in town for appointments and needed a break from the city; didn't find it here(spoiler: I'm going to sound like a high maintenance grumpy person)... PROS: Lower portion of trail is nicely maintained and smooth. The rest of the trail is what you'd expect a great hiking trail to be with a few... More 

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