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Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

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Well worth the effort!

I really had mixed feelings about taking on this hike after reading several reviews. However we set... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Nice Hike (climb) on a Cool Arizona Day

Echo Trail was a great way to climb Camelback Mountain. It was 60 degrees and partly cloudy, so... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5700 North Echo Canyon Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Camelback East
+1 602-261-8318
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I really had mixed feelings about taking on this hike after reading several reviews. However we set off at 10am on a really pleasant day (not too hot) and started the ascent after parking in the free car park. You start on sandy gravel, then...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Echo Trail was a great way to climb Camelback Mountain. It was 60 degrees and partly cloudy, so much more comfortable then when my co-worker did it on a 90 degree day. Good parking, restrooms, and water at the trailhead. Trail is very well marked....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CraigH08
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was a bit hesitant to take my three visiting nephews ages 6, 8 & 10 up Camelback but we had a blast. Not an easy climb for the youngest but they loved every minute of it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Shift1Properties
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a steep climb with large steps over railroad ties and uneven rocks. Great views once you make the summit. Not a casual stroll. I saw many people turn around early in the climb. Bring water and strong thighs.

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank OhioTexican
Reviewed 11 November 2018

This was the first time we hiked and I thought we bit off more than we could chew but we took our time, paid attention to how the more experienced hikers did it, and are so glad we pushed ourselves and hiked the trail.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank heth8910
Reviewed 7 November 2018

As a first time climber on the Echo Canyon route up Camelback Mountain, my wife and I weren't quite sure what to expect. We heard from some that the climb was difficult and from others that it was not too challenging. We found that it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank DouglasJ400
Reviewed 7 November 2018

It has a great panoramic view, and to a person like me who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, Echo Canyon Summit Trail reminds me of the Mission Peak in the Bay Area, but Echo Canyon Summit Trail is shorter yet steeper. It took...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ryan H
Reviewed 23 October 2018

This was my first time hiking this trail and I was very impressed. There are some challenging areas and it's not for the faint of heart. The views are spectacular, the restrooms are clean, and the park staff/rangers are very friendly. Well maintained grounds if...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank ChiTravel84
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

I took this trail, a 1.14 mile trek up a rocky 45 degree ascent to the summit of Camelback Mountain on October 5 and back down by myself and it’s one experience I’ll always remember much like my previous ascents to great summits of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Jeofrey_BB
Reviewed 3 October 2018

My sons and I were visiting from NJ. Awesome views of the city, and Arizona vistas. Need to be relatively fit to make this hike.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Joseph P
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17 September 2018|
Response from schirley p | Reviewed this property |
People have done it. I didn't , but yes, you have to walk back to your car. Other people have used Uber to drop off then have pick up the other side. Hope this helps!
13 April 2018|
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Response from Autumnm00n | Reviewed this property |
Sunrise. Is the best time to get there earlier the better do not attempt in the dark it gets extremely difficult the first half mile not bad but when you start up the part with the railing use both hands. Bring mucho water... More
Jennifer W
20 January 2018|
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Response from Autumnm00n | Reviewed this property |
No this is a difficult trail you can go partly up not far it you want but it gets extreme at parts