Hike Echo Canyon on Camelback Mountain

Hike Echo Canyon on Camelback Mountain

Echo Canyon Trailhead

Distance

2.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

1280 Feet

Activities

Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Autumn, Winter

Type

Out-and-Back

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Scenic
Wildlife

This is visible from almost anywhere in Phoenix with 360 degree views. It's an intense workout, with rock climbing almost the whole way up and great photo opportunities with plenty of wildlife.

If you live near or around Phoenix, you know that Camelback Mountain is pretty hard to miss. Due to the mountain's height, this hike isn't exactly what you would call easy. There are two sides of the mountain you can hike, Echo Canyon and Cholla Trail. Echo Canyon is shorter, but still an extremely difficult hike. Cholla Trail is longer and also strenuous.

To hike Echo Canyon, find a dirt path from the parking lot that leads up the side of the mountain. Once you get to the end of the dirt path, it's nothing but large boulders the rest of the way, making it a great workout but also very tiring. There are rails along part of the hike to hold onto, but most of it is straight rock climbing. There is also an abundance of wildlife, but be very cautious for rattle snakes – it is common to spot one from time to time while hiking.

Once you reach the top, the 360 degree views of the entire city are amazing. Makes the climb well worth it!

Try to do this hike during a weekday, and preferably when the weather is not too hot.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

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Iconic Hike in Phoenix

This is definitely a must if you are traveling to Phoenix. 360 degree views of the entire city. Bring plenty of water, and good shoes.

Hard but Worth It

Harder than you’d expect. But totally worth it. Especially for sunrise. Don’t forget your headlamp! Look up the sunrise time on the weather channel then subtract an hour and that’s when you should set off! It was super busy by the time we summited and we left at 5:30AM. By the time we were at the end there was a line for parking at 7:30 AM... it was thanksgiving so that may be why.

Always do this trail in the morning!

Get there early and you'll avoid the crazy crowds and heat. But no matter what time of day, this trail is definitely a good, short mountain workout in the middle of the city.

Distance

2.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

1280 Feet

Activities

Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Autumn, Winter

Type

Out-and-Back

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