If you live in Phoenix and are looking for a challenging hike then Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail is what you should go for. The trail is located near Scottsdale, Arizona and has an elevation gain of 1,423 feet.
If you want to get the best views of the Phoenix metropolitan area then Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail is the best trail in Phoenix that offers that. It’s a 2.4 miles out and back trail and even though it’s not too long it’s an intense workout. The trail is not easy and tests your physical strength so if you are not physically fit doesn’t put yourself in trouble by hiking it.
Camelback Mountain should be in your list of things to visit if you are in Phoenix; if you miss it you have pretty much missed it all. There are two trails that you can use to get to the top of the mountain, Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail. Echo Canyon trail is the shorter trail than Cholla Trail but still the more difficult one.
Reach the top of the mountain
The trail begins from the dirt path near the parking lot; you can park your vehicle in this parking lot. It’s better to go as early as possible so you can park your vehicle easily. Start following the dirt path and it will lead to the side of the mountain. When you reach the end of the dirt path you will encounter many large boulders for the rest of the trail. These boulders make the path a bit difficult but it’s a nice workout if you look it positively.
Even though the whole trail could be called a rock climbing there are quite a few rails along the way that you can hold onto. But, for a part you won’t find any rails and you will have climb without any help. You have to be very careful while hiking as the wildlife is very common there and there is great chance that you will see a rattlesnake. When you reach the top you will be mesmerized by the 360 degree view of the city.