Hike Echo Canyon on Camelback Mountain

2.4 miles 1280 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

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: 

🥇Top Contributor

3 months ago

Great Views but Very Crowded

This trail is very steep but offers great views so many locals hike it as a part of their workout routine. The trail is often quite crowded . Expect there to be a line of people making their way up to the top.

🥇Top Contributor

4 months ago

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.

Explorer

🥇Top Contributor

almost 2 years ago

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.

Stay Nearby

Phoenix, Arizona

New Listing! Chic Arcadia Condo W/ Pool

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •This contemporary 2BR/2BA condo looks fresh from the pages of a design maga...

From $75/night

Phoenix, Arizona

Central Location W/ Big Backyard & Foosball Table

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Charming and uniquely furnished, this 4BR/2BA remodeled Phoenix home is loc...

From $138/night

Scottsdale, Arizona

Quiet Home With Heated Pool, Grill, Outdoor Shower

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, this 4BR/2BA home offers an ideal location...

From $186/night

Phoenix, Arizona

“Phoenix Rose” On The Arizona Biltmore Fairway

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Tucked on the fairways of Arizona Biltmore Golf course, Phoenix Rose is a s...

From $87/night

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