Hike Camelback Echo Canyon Summit Trail
Access and Parking
Echo Canyon Park allows access to the Echo Canyon Summit trail as well as the shorter Bobby's Trail on Camelback Mountain.
The parking area is small and there are only about dozen spots to park on the nearby street, so on the weekends you can expect to wait for a spot to open up in order to park or be prepared to hike to get to the trail head.
Hiking the Trail
The rocky path of echo canyon trail starts off with many man made steps. They will give your knees a good work out.
Once you make your way past the initial stairs you'll find the majority of the path is rocky. You will be climbing over large boulders to reach the summit.
Very few areas of the hike are level, so wear some good hiking boots or shoes. There are two steep rocky inclines that you will have to take to reach the summit. They are even more fun on the way back down!
Over a few more boulders, you are almost there. Keep going up until you reach the summit and enjoy the 360-degree views of Phoenix. It is stunning and you can see for miles and miles.
The summit has a large flat surface where you can have a snack and enjoy the view. There are plenty of other people up there that will gladly take your photo, so you have proof you made it to the top!
If you visit Phoenix hike Camelback Echo Canyon Summit trail. It is one of the best urban hikes.
Location: Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area is between the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix and Paradise Valley. Enter at Echo Canyon Parkway just east of Tatum Boulevard off of McDonald Drive