Do this hike while you're visiting! If you like outdoor activities and are in decent shape I would recommend the Echo Trail. What they didn't tell me when I started was that this trail was less of a hike and more of a rock climb. Be prepared to use all fours and if you are taking children or the less physically inclined this may be too difficult. In that case there is another trail on the opposite side of the mountain that may be more appropriate for their fitness levels. I was looking for a fun adventure, a little challenge, with a huge pay off and I found it here on the echo trail leading to the top of Camelback Mountain. There's no doubt I will be sore for days but it was some of the most fun I've had while I've been here. Do not go in the middle of the day when it is hot. Try to go very early and if you get up there by six or seven you can see the sunrise. I did not make it in time for sunrise and by the time I headed back down the last 20 minutes was in the scorching sun.
Such an incredible experience I'm so glad I did this!!!!