|Camelback Mountain as seen from Piestewa Peak|
After being closed for improvements for nearly a year, the new Echo Canyon trailhead at Camelback Mountain was opened Wednesday, January, 15, 2014. Providing access to one of the most popular, iconic and infamously crowded in-town hikes, the new recreation site features smoother traffic flow, double the parking, restrooms, water and a stabilizing trail realignment. The summit of Camelback Mountain is the highest point in Phoenix and the aggressive ascent is a prime workout for peak-bagging hikers and cardio trainers alike.
This trail is NOT RECOMMENDED for novice hikers or those who are not accustomed to desert conditions. Although it's frequently touted as a "must do" for out-of-state visitors, Summit Trail is not a walk in the park. It's an insanely steep haul with loose footing, sheer drop offs and elbow-to-elbow foot traffic. Prime season for the hike is from November through April. Off-season temperatures can climb to the triple-digits making it downright dangerous to attempt. Dehydration---which can be, and has been deadly--- is a common problem for hikers on this route. Additionally, the sheer volume of trekkers using this trail is taking a toll on the terrain---and with so many other wonderful Phoenix hiking destinations, it's smart to test your mettle elsewhere.
LENGTH: 1.23 miles one-way
ELEVATION: 1504' - 2704'
4925 E. McDonald Drive, Phoenix
INFO: City of Phoenix, 602-261-8318