Camelback Mountain (Echo Canyon Trail) Hot
The hike begins in Echo Canyon park, which is located off of McDonald Road, east of Tatum Drive. The signs point out Echo Canyon park the South side of McDonald Road. Spaces are limited at the parking lot so get there early. There are restrooms and water at this trailhead.
30 yr old Recommendation: Quick climb with some good city views at the top. This is a Moderate hike. The climb will get your heart going, but it's over much too quickly. The hike is kind of short.
If a steep climb in the middle of the Phoenix area to great metropolitan views gets your heart pumping, this hike is for you.
Parking has always been a bit of a challenge at the Echo Canyon trailhead. Try early or late or bring some patience. The hike is worth it.
This urban hike is convenient for those of us that don't have the time to leave the valley for a longer hike... we still get our hiking fix fulfilled from this one. This well marked trail climbs steadily to the top of Camelback Mountain. Some fun scrambling in several places. Once you reach the top, sit back, relax and enjoy the views of the beautiful people living on the mountain. How many swimming pools can you count? There's water at the trailhead, but make sure you bring plenty with you on your hike.