Echo Canyon Trail @ Camelback Mountain

Echo Canyon Trail @ Camelback Mountain

Phoenix is an urban sprawl much like LA, albeit cheaper. One wouldn’t expect to find any nature paths or scenic hiking trails in such a mega city, but there is one — the popular Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain, which reaches up to 2706 ft in elevation. Not a very imposing height for those of us who are used to the 8,000-11,000 ft ranges we have here in California. However, what it lacks in size is made up for by the fun 2.4 mile out-and-back rock scrambling trail.

We got up early-ish to hit the trail by 7am in order to beat the heat, but it was already 86F at that point. The dry heat made the 86F feel somewhat tolerable. A sign at the trailhead advises of daily trail closures between 11am-5pm during extreme heat.

The positioning of the hill made it so that we spent the majority of the time hiking in the shade
The fun started shortly into the “baby” hike
To cover 1,300 ft in elevation gain in a little over a mile means steep ascents
You know it’s hot when the shirt comes off.
For a Thursday morning there was a continuous flow of hikers. I can’t imagine what this place looks like on weekends.
View of the sprawl with a saguaro standing guard
The view at the top was average, but the cool breeze was a welcome addition.
Red rocks, saguaros, and civilization

By the time we got back to the trailhead 2 hours later, it was already 93F, and we had sucked down all our water (park recommends 1L per person). All in all, this hike was a fun cap off to our short culinary trip to the Sonoran desert.

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