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Echo Canyon - Summit Trail - Camelback Mountain

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The Echo Canyon Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in the valley and also is one of the most difficult. It is closed through fall 2013.

If you plan to visit the mountain when this area reopens in fall 2013, be conservative in planning your hike! In addition to a gruelling climb, warm weather months can bring hot, dry desert conditions with a steep climb. Everyone who hikes Camelback for the first time reports that it was more difficult than they expected.

If you have a chronic health condition such as asthma, diabetes, a heart condition, knee or back problems, or any other health or medical issue, limit both your exertion and your exposure to the heat. The strenuous climbing, dehydration, and intense desert heat will combine to make any medical problem worse. Stay within your training, physical limitations, and abilities.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year 'round Sunrise to Sunset. Closed until Fall 2013
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Phoenix
Operated By:

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department

Park Ranger Office: (602) 261-8318

General Information

Latitude: 33.521671

Longitude: -111.974265

Length: 1.2 miles

Elevation: 1425' at the trailhead


Location: Located South of E. Lincoln Dr. and Tatum Blvd. Head South from E. Lincoln Dr.and Tatum Blvd. and turn left on E. mcDonald Drive and turn immediately right on N. Echo Canyon Parkway to the parking area.


  • trails for hiking
  • unique rock formations
  • great scenery
  • wildlife viewing

Hiking Time: 1.5 to 3 hours roundtrip depending on speed.

Rating: Moderate to Strenuous.



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