If hiking through, over, and around bizarre rock formations appeals to you, then you'll like this hike.
The hike starts at the Echo Canyon Trail parking area (see the Map). While Descending gradually into Echo Canyon, you are exposed to the myriad of rock formations that make up this area of the park. Take the time to enjoy this area of the trail, it is a good appetizer for the Heart of Rocks. This part of the trail walks through towering spires of rock and is aptly named "Wall Street". Continuing on, you discover a grove of Oak, Pine, Fir, and Cypress trees. The sign here lists this quiet forest area as Echo Park.
One of the nice features of this hike are the well marked trail junctions. After 1.6 miles along Echo Canyon trail, take the Rhyolite Canyon fork here and descend 400 ft over 1.1 miles to the Sarah Deming trail. Walking out of the canyon again, you gain 900 ft while walking 1.6 miles to the highlight of this hike, the Heart of Rocks loop.
The Heart of Rocks loop is 1.1 miles and exposes you to the most impressive rock formations in the park: Duck on a Rock, Punch and Judy, Pinnacle Balanced Rock, Camel head Rock, and others. The entrance to the loop is well marked. Take your time in this area to explore all there is to see.
When you're ready, continue along the Balanced Rock trail to the east. After hiking 1 mile along a relatively flat section, the trail descends back down into an canyon just after the Inspiration point trailhead junction. After 1.2 miles, you reach the last trail junction. Turn North and hike along the Ed Riggs trail the final 0.7 miles back to your car.