Phoenix, Arizona

Hike Echo Canyon on Camelback Mountain

2.4 Miles Total - 1280 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Tiffany Lachner

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.

Read More

Tags

Fitness
Photography
Running
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Scenic
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Challenging

This is definitely a challenging hike, but worth the effort! Very popular, parking is a nightmare. Bring more water than you think you need. Great views!

Fun challenging run/hike

Started before the sun came up so we had headlamps to light the way. Also helpful were gloves since there is a lot of bouldering or navigating over large rocks that were cold at that time of day. The view is well worth the climb!

This Will Challenge You, But Worth it!

Don't let some of the other reviews saying this is easy to moderate. If you plan on making it to the top this will challenge even the fittest people. Making it to the top will be worth the suffering. Also make sure to wear good trail shoes or hiking boots. There is lots of climbing and bouldering especially towards the top. Good tracking and ankle support is a must. Also if you have bad knees this might night be the trail for you. Also to let you know this trail is one of the most rescued trails in the Phoenix area. Many visitors attempt this only to find themselves hurt, lost or dehydrated. Plan accordingly and you will have a good hike with some amazing views.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Stay Nearby

Apache Junction, Arizona

Mesa / Apache Junction KOA

Cave Creek, Arizona

Cave Creek Group Site

Overview Cave Creek Group Site is located 20 miles north of Cave Creek and Carefree, Arizona. It is a historic campground constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). This sit...

Roosevelt, Arizona

Burnt Corral Campground

Overview Burnt Corral Campground and Recreation Area (elevation 1914') is about 5.8 miles south of Roosevelt Dam along the Apache Trail (AZ Hwy 88) along the shoreline of Apache Lake. It is nestl...

Tonto Basin, Arizona

Cholla Campground

Overview Cholla Campground at Roosevelt Lake, is one of several campgrounds on the shores of the largest lake/reservoir located entirely in the State of Arizona. It is situated within a lush sono...

Nearby Adventures

  • Climb the Praying Monk

    Park at the Echo Canyon Parking Area.From the trailhead, hike up Echo trail until your reach the saddle.  At the saddle, you will turn south and start taking the climbers trail to the headwall, which is just past the sign that says "caution, activ...

    0.5 miles

  • Climb the East Face of the Praying Monk

    5.6 Sport climb, up an 80 foot face, 9 bolts to the top.  This was the first outdoor climb for myself. It opened the doors to getting out of the gym and becoming a part of the local climbing community. I highly recommend it, as it is not too diffi...

    0.5 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike Up Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

    This challenging hike up the east side of Camelback Mountain has beautiful views of Phoenix and Scottsdale, and is not often crowded.You will begin on switchbacks heading up the mountain, with trail markers to guide you at first. The hike increase...

    3 miles 1275 ft gain

  • Hike Quartz Ridge

    Quartz Ridge in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve (also known as Trail 8A) is a great escape getaway trail that can be done as a single track or combined with many intersecting trails. It is a very popular trail for hikers, trail runners, pet walkers,...

    1.8 miles 415 ft gain