Hike Echo Canyon on Camelback Mountain

Echo Canyon Trailhead, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Autumn, Winter

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1280 Feet

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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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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.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Left before 7 am and did to top of second rail. Great view but was getting near 100 by 8 am when I was coming back down. Beautiful hike but had to rush to get to work

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This hike is very popular in the valley. If you've never been, I suggest for you to go on a weekday in the mid-morning. I don't suggest hiking this trail in the mid-day in the summer because it gets HOT! If you do, bring lots and lots of water.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

This is one of the more popular trails/hikes in the Phoenix area. The crowds will be out in full mass for this trail each day, so get there early! The echo canyon trail is the tougher hike, as you can also use the cholla trail on the other side. Take the temperature and heat in mind, pack water! Dog friendly trails, and upkeep is very good.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

A must do if in the Phoenix area. Cholla is a longer more gradual trail that is less crowded. Echo Canyon provides some steep rails, great views, and plenty of interaction with other hikers. Go about 40 min before sunset and catch some amazing views from the peak.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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