Echo Canyon Trail at Camelback Mountain
This trail is an intense and difficult anaerobic hike the entire 1.2 miles to the summit. It ascends 1,280 ft, from 1,424 ft above sea level to 2,704 ft.
Getting a parking spot can be a long wait if you arrive on the weekend after 6 AM as there are climbers galore. Be sure to bring plenty of fluid, and if you are not an experienced hiker anticipate the round trip hike to take about 1.5 to 3 hours.
The trail begins with railroad ties and small rocks for the first 3/8 mile. The first rail comes next, which is the steepest and most difficult part of the trail. After this challenge there is about 200 feet of low grade hiking until another, less intense, rail section. Once past the second rail, the Echo Canyon trail consists of large rocks, phenomenal views, and continued steep grade until the summit, another .7 miles. There are many good places to stop for water and photos, so be sure to bring your camera!
Directions: About 5.5 hours from our area. Take the I-10 East all the way!