We went to the Echo Canyon Summit Trail in Camelback Mountain, Phoenix. The parking lot was nearly full regardless it was a Monday morning. So: this is a very popular trail. The trail starts with an easy walk up to mountain, and there is a point, when the trail turns into a very challanging hike. You can stop at this point and turn back, or you can challange yourself and go on... It is a very rocky trail, you have to climb a lot (almost the entire trail). You "must" have a very good HIKING shoe / boot, and take PLENTY of water (2 L camelback is a must!). This trail is marked as an "extremly difficult" trail and it's true, but this is almost the most beautiful trail in Phoenix. The last part of the trail is the hardest - very hard rock climbing! Keep in mind: it is not enough just climb up.... you have to come down too! If you have knee of ankle pain - don't climb up of be very careful - take your time! It took us 2,5 hours to climb up and 1.5 hours to come down. We went up to the very top - the view is gorgeous ;)
Restroom and water is only at the trailhead!
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