Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area
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  • bees60
    Cleveland, Ohio41 contributions
    Challenging and beautiful
    We are not mountain hikers, but we are in our early 50’s and we work out. After speaking with friends at the hotel who hiked it, we had to try. Knowing that they do rescues on the mountain every week, we took precautions to try to be safe and agreed that if we didn’t feel safe that we would turn back. We had a backpack and had 6 bottles of water. We only drank 4. It is a climb, not a hike. We used our hands most of the climb. We started at 6:50 am may 1 and we were thankful for the shade on the whole climb up. I couldn’t have done it in the hot sun. By the time we hit the top the sun had come over the mountain. The sun was fine for the way down. We went slow and took lots of breaks. We only had tennis shoes, so not the best footing but after watching enough experts move quickly up and down the mountain we noticed how they used the rock tops to step instead of the slippery gravel in between the rocks. The view was spectacular and we are grateful we did it.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 2, 2021
  • ChiTravel84
    Indianapolis, Indiana89 contributions
    Challenging and rewarding
    Excellent trailhead facilities with restrooms, water, and parking. Summer has plenty of parking but busy season is almost impossible. It took about 45 minutes to reach the summit and about 35 to decend back down. It can be challenging so do not recommend if this is one of your first times hiking trails. Bring water bottles.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2022
  • mskerby
    80 contributions
    Wonderfully challenging
    Wonderful challenge. It’s not sooooo hard like some have said. I’m in shape and was with a group of women with varying fitness levels. The first day we went half way and then turned around with the group because everyone felt accomplished without pushing too hard. The next day I went solo (completely safe with ALL the people around) and finished it. Know your limits and be willing to turn around at any point. Take a big bottle of water (32 Oz was great for early morning in June) and wear sunscreen. I wore worn down tennis shoes and certainly wished I had hiking boots a couple of times for the traction, but was totally fine. You will enjoy it!
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 15, 2020
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stan a
Fullerton, CA37 contributions
Nov 2020
Really good workout for the quads. There are two levels to the parking lot, but the parking is a bit limited. There was adequate availability at 0630 on a Sunday morning.

It took me 1' 45" on the way up and 45 minutes on the way down. I had tee time to make so I couldn't dilly, but was not rushed.. The way up is as bit challenging on a couple sections where I was scrambling over the rocks on all four more than hiking. Those sections were not that long. The railing was not that necessary on the ascent, but was a real comfort on the descent. Be careful of loose gravel on the 4x4 steps on the descent as the traction can be marginal.

Wear good shoes with a good ability to grab the rocks.

(The Cholla trail was closed in early November 2020.)
Written November 5, 2020
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Justine28
Yellowknife, Canada2,023 contributions
Feb 2020
Echo Canyon Trail is one of the two popular trails that will get you on the Camelback Mountain. We hiked here on the last weekend of February, when the weather got up to 27C (80F) which meant we needed way more time than anticipated to complete this trail. The trailhead is well marked, there’s facilities incl. water fountains (there are plenty of bees in this area!), and free parking. The trail goes steeply up and up, the terrain is rocky; there are a couple of spots where you may have to be on all fours or hold on to fencing/ railing or whatever you can find to hoist yourself up there. It was quite fun actually, however, with the beaming sun and hot weather, it turned out to be difficult for hubby (bigger guy, we also lacked in form after winter). We ended up taking many breaks and all in all it took us 90 mins to get to the top. Plenty of people on the trail, but it was a Saturday morning and a beautiful day. Saw plenty of beautiful plants including cacti, and many big lizards. The views are very rewarding throughout the trail. The way down from the mountain took us another hour, mainly because we were taking our time to ensure we don’t fall on the big boulders. Total time 2.5 hours, and a challenging but very doable beautiful trail. Highly recommended! Take more water than you think you’ll need, and good hiking boots.
Written April 14, 2020
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Silberschnabel
Regensburg, Germany345 contributions
Sep 2022
Just did this hike up Camelback Mountain with a colleague. It was one of the rare days where the sky was cloudy. Pretty humid though so no typical Phoenix conditions. During the week there was ample parking space for our morning hike. Lots of people already on the trail. Takes around an hour either way if you are reasonably fit. Not suitable for people who are not used to using their hands from time to time. It's pretty much an ascent rather than a hike. Water is really important. The view from the top is awesome. You should definitely do it when in the Valley of the sun.
Written September 22, 2022
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Rebby2k
New Castle, PA2,342 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Very nice free parking area with restrooms. A box of bananas and warnings gave us the clue that this hike was not for the casual stroller. Things started out gradual with a slightly inclined sandy trail but soon it moved to a staircase and then it became more of a bouldering exercise navigating up a rock face - some times there was a metal railing to grip on to. There are a few views prior to the trail getting really steep but it was a lot more intense than any of us expected despite the number of warnings. Still, a beautiful place to go and try out your endurance.
Written January 19, 2020
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Ntdilts22
Cincinnati, OH64 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
We were concerned bc of mixed reviews on what to expect with this trail. We’re not “pro hikers” or in phenomenal shape, but rather just like to adventure and challenge ourselves on trips. I’ll try to talk to those folks like us.

Trail is rated an extremely difficult hike. Let’s start with this. This isn’t a hike. It’s a climb. And it’s is every bit of extremely difficult. You start on a pretty decent grade of a walk but you’re not far into it at all before you get to tall steep stairs with a fence and then a rail section. These are honestly some of the less challenging portions.

The rest of the way after the second rail, you’re not rock climbing, but you’re as close as it gets without using equipment. It pretty much a series of steep rock stairs where you’re picking your own line. It’s going to take your hands and feet to get up.

We went on a 70 degree day at 11 AM. We both drank a gallon of water on the way up. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the top. It’s only a little over a mile, but it’s pretty much straight up in the air.

The things you don’t need that some say you do? Hiking boots, jeans, hiking pole, an extremely trained and fit lifestyle, etc.

Things you do need that some say you do? A gallon+ of water, 2-3 hours of time, a determined mind, a willingness to climb, shoes with some kind of traction.

If you’re carrying a selfie stick all the way up and doing it for the ‘gram, you’re gonna struggle. If you’re looking for a challenge and have the time, you’re gonna be rewarded with a beautiful view and sense of accomplishment.
Written February 16, 2021
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craig1086
Atlanta, GA800 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Man this climb will humble you. First off, only the Echo Canyon Trail is open. Second, bring at least a half gallon of water, minimum. You will need it. Bring hydration tablets as well. Third, get there in the morning, preferably as early as you can to find good parking(free). The first half will give a false sense of security, as it isn't that challenging. Then the real climb begins. Be prepared to stretch, and use both hands and both feet to climb in certain parts, as the trail gets incredibly steep. The trail is mostly rocks, so the heat will factor in, and it's indeed slippery in certain parts. The views at the top are worth it, but you will earn it. Give yourself at least 2.5hrs to go to the top and come all the way back down. Hiking boots or good-grade trail shoes are a MUST.
Written October 20, 2021
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1984laurabohrn
Medicine Hat, Canada62 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
My husband and two children (6 and 10 years old) hiked this on New Years Day. Started out around 10 in the morning. Parking lot had gotten quite full by then, when we pulled up they just were letting a few more cars in. Hike was beautiful. Very different from the Piestawa Peak trail we had done the day prior. Glad we hiked in the morning as the end of the hike we were already getting warm. Lots of spots along the way up to the summit to sit aside to have a break and snacks. View from summit was beautiful. This hike was a great workout. I was hesitant from reading other reviews about taking my kids on it but they handled it better than the adults did I think at times! :)
Written January 3, 2020
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Katie R
1 contribution
Feb 2021
It was really challenging. It gets narrow in a few spots, but it's doable and people are friendly and take turns. Take at least one bottle of water. I took two and drank one-and-a-half bottles in about eighty degree weather. There are no restrooms along the way, so go at the bottom of the hill before you begin your climb. It gets progressively steeper going up. There were moments I wasn't sure I could make it, but you can do it. If I can do it, you can do it. Definitely worth the burning muscles once you're resting at the top and taking in that view.
Written February 24, 2021
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Jānis Baiža
Adazi, Latvia71 contributions
Jan 2020 • Business
Wouldn't call tooking the trail as hiking. It was more like rock climbing. But owerall great experience with co-workers. At the top of the mountain great views to the city. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Also gloves helps a lot, especially when returning.
Written January 12, 2020
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mnguru1
Edina, MN504 contributions
Jan 2023
Great mountain to climb. Plan on taking a few rest breaks along the way. This is a hard hike-no doubt about it- but certainly fulfilling. We got a workout, enjoyed the views, and would do it again. Bring water.
Written January 7, 2023
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