Hike Echo Canyon on Camelback Mountain

Echo Canyon Trailhead

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.

Pack List

  • Plenty of water (CamelBak)
  • Snacks
  • Good hiking/climbing shoes
  • Camera (GoPro)
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RT Distance 2.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 1280 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Autumn, Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Scenic
Wildlife

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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.

Nice city hike

If you are looking for a hike that is convenient, a good workout and with views of Phoenix then check out Camelback. It is a very busy trail with locals and tourists alike. Either take your time scrambling up the mountain or hussle for a heart pumping workout. I went the first week of December and there was a Christmas tree at the top decorated in eco friendly ornaments!

Pretty Nice For Being Right In The Middle Of The City

This is a pretty good hike right in the middle of the city. I definitely wouldn't do it in the summer. We did it a couple weeks ago and the rocks were pretty hot from the sun even though it was only in the 80's.


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