Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

Hiking trails are plentiful in Arizona and Echo Canyon is one of the most popular. The canyon is formed by the Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peaks, both of which are significant enough to influence the skyline of Phoenix. The hike is considered challenging and athletic, and crowds often form on the trail during the most popular hiking months. Due to the location of the trail, you may also fee as if you have not really escaped from the city. Regardless of the urban feel of the hike, there is still plenty of wildlife along the trail, as well as a variety of desert plants and florals. The trail is a great way to explore the survival of these hardy desert creatures. The trail has two entryways and visitors should be warned there is limited parking at the trailhead, especially during those most crowded hiking weekends. After the first quarter mile of the hike, the trail becomes physically demanding and many consider is dangerous. Experienced hikers are usually able to navigate the steepest spots and there are a few areas that feature chains and handrails to help with the climb. The trail has been packed down by previous hikers, making it more easily navigated, but also somewhat slippery depending on the weather.

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