Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

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Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area
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bees60
Cleveland, OH41 contributions
Challenging and beautiful
May 2021 • Couples
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.
Written May 2, 2021
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Katie R
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It's a challenge, but if I can do it, you can do it.
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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Ntdilts22
Cincinnati, OH62 contributions
Tough Climb but You don’t have to be a pro
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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stan a
Fullerton, CA31 contributions
Great outdoor gym substitute during Covid times
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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mskerby
Paris, Texas, USA74 contributions
Wonderfully challenging
Jun 2020 • Friends
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!
Written June 15, 2020
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Kerry A
261 contributions
hike Camelback Mt. from the west side
Dec 2019
Not a great deal of parking so go early - this also helps with the heat! Take more water than you think you'll need; this is an intense hike but the views are amazing.
Written June 15, 2020
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dfotinich
Los Angeles, CA34 contributions
Difficult yet Incredible Trail
Jun 2020
Overall this was an amazing climb that I would recommend to most, with several caveats that I will mention below.

Got started at 7am and took 45 minutes to reach the top (for context, I'm in my 20s and hike regularly). Weather was as good as you can get for June, with temps in the 70s. Shade is available throughout the trail in the morning, and the final stretch is basically all in the shade. The downhill took 50 minutes. I would budget at least 2-2.5 hours for the hike regardless of what shape you're in; you don't want to be in a hurry coming down. It's really easy to get hurt.

The statistics of the trail (2.3 miles round trip. 1300 ft gain) vastly understate the challenge. As many others have said, this is a climb, not a "hike". After the first portion of the trail, you are pretty much grappling on boulders to get to the top. If you have bad knees, or have never done any rock climbing, bouldering, or off-piste hiking, this might not be the one for you. From what I know, the Cholla Trail requires far less bouldering, but it is temporarily closed now.

Here would be my tips:
- Get started early, especially in summer (the sun rises at like 5am in AZ in June). You'll have better weather, more shade, easier parking, and prettier views. Quadruple win.
- Wear hiking boots. I wore Nikes and made it, but life would've been far better in proper shoes.
- Bring a backpack. You'll be using your hands. I saw a handful of people going with a water bottle in hand which is a terrible idea
- Bring enough water (minimum 1L per person), but if you're going in the morning on a mild day, don't go insane. I used ~0.5L personally and brought like 3 liters which was overkill. If you choose to go in afternoon/eve, DISREGARD and bring as much water as you want.

Be careful, and don't hesitate to turn around if you feel unsafe!
Written June 8, 2020
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Justine28
Yellowknife, Canada1,881 contributions
Excellent trail and workout!
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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Micheal K
Minneapolis, MN4 contributions
It's a doozy
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is a double black diamond trail and it's labeled as such for good reason. While it's easily accessible in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, it's not a simple climb. This is not a clean trail hike. You probably should have hiking shoes and expect to be climbing using all fours at times along the trail. At the top of Camelback you get some very nice views of the metropolitan area, but it's not the most nature-intense hike you'll ever take. Nonetheless, reaching the summit will feel like a great accomplishment and you can trek down the Cholla trail, if you want to get a ride back to your car or hotel.
Written February 21, 2020
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Kelly from Detroit
Detroit, MI22 contributions
A great experience.
Jan 2020
For a middle aged American carrying a couple extra pounds, this was a great workout. Hiking soon turns into rock climbing and after an hour you have reached the top.
Written February 12, 2020
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