AAA Editor Notes
Echo Canyon Recreation Area, 4925 E. McDonald Dr., is where you will find the trailhead for the 1.3-mile Echo Canyon Trail to the top of 2,704-foot Camelback Mountain. The Echo Canyon Summit Trail is rated a double black diamond, extremely difficult, trail that gains nearly 1,200 feet in elevation. Hikers who reach the summit are treated to excellent views of Phoenix and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.

Note: This extremely popular trail lures large crowds, especially in winter and spring and during weekends. When the parking lot is full, rangers close the entry gate, and cars are not permitted to idle at the gate while waiting for it to be reopened. Dogs are not allowed in the Echo Canyon area.

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