Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

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Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area
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Vaycay
Texarkana, TX227 bidrag
des. 2021 • Par
We had a blast but went unprepared. This is a 1.5 hour hike at a steep incline. Most reviews say slight grade lied. This trail was fun but will kick your butt if not an avid hiker.
Skrevet 29. desember 2021
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Anish S
Chicago, IL711 bidrag
nov. 2021
My wife and I decided to do this hike as we were up early and the family decided to skip on the hike. We had planned to leave around 7 AM so that we can beat the rush. The hotel recommended taking a taxi to the hike as the parking lot fills up quickly. However, when we got there around 7:30ish, the parking lot was still half empty, so I guess we could have driven.

note, there are restrooms in the parking area if you need to go before or after the hike.

There are a lot of articles written about the hike itself and you can find videos online as well to see how difficult it is. The hike does require you to have proper hiking shoes. Or at least you should have proper hiking shoes to avoid hurting yourself or getting blisters on your feet.

The hike is pretty much steep incline the whole way. so from the beginning you are walking up a steep incline. The rest of the hike is mostly watching your step to hike up rocks. As long as you are careful in where you step (with proper foot attire), you shouldn't get any twisted ankles. Note, you might get a few scratches on your arms/legs as you scrape the rocks.

There are also areas where at times it's confusing where the trail continues. There are plenty of signs but you may have to look around a bit to confirm the trail path.

We also noticed a lot of locals going on the trail. Most of the locals though were on there way down as we were on our way up. You know they are experts b/c they are pretty much hopping over the rocks running through the trail. it's pretty impressive but I wouldn't try to copy them.

Once you reach the top, which takes about hour and half, do enjoy the view a bit. Be sure to have at least 1 L of water per person (if not more) and take a snack or two so you can enjoy your break up top.

Lastly, the hike down is more difficult than the hike up. It's a bit trickier finding the right footing back down, sometimes requiring you to go slower.

round trip it took the two of us about 2.5 hours, mostly b/c we went a bit slower.

Def a great hike and I would recommend if you have kids over age of 10.
Skrevet 27. desember 2021
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craig1086
Atlanta, GA703 bidrag
okt. 2021 • Par
Man this climb will humble you. First off, only the Echo Canyon Trail is open. Second, bring at least a half gallon of water, minimum. You will need it. Bring hydration tablets as well. Third, get there in the morning, preferably as early as you can to find good parking(free). The first half will give a false sense of security, as it isn't that challenging. Then the real climb begins. Be prepared to stretch, and use both hands and both feet to climb in certain parts, as the trail gets incredibly steep. The trail is mostly rocks, so the heat will factor in, and it's indeed slippery in certain parts. The views at the top are worth it, but you will earn it. Give yourself at least 2.5hrs to go to the top and come all the way back down. Hiking boots or good-grade trail shoes are a MUST.
Skrevet 20. oktober 2021
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bees60
Cleveland, OH41 bidrag
mai 2021 • Par
We are not mountain hikers, but we are in our early 50’s and we work out. After speaking with friends at the hotel who hiked it, we had to try. Knowing that they do rescues on the mountain every week, we took precautions to try to be safe and agreed that if we didn’t feel safe that we would turn back. We had a backpack and had 6 bottles of water. We only drank 4. It is a climb, not a hike. We used our hands most of the climb. We started at 6:50 am may 1 and we were thankful for the shade on the whole climb up. I couldn’t have done it in the hot sun. By the time we hit the top the sun had come over the mountain. The sun was fine for the way down. We went slow and took lots of breaks. We only had tennis shoes, so not the best footing but after watching enough experts move quickly up and down the mountain we noticed how they used the rock tops to step instead of the slippery gravel in between the rocks. The view was spectacular and we are grateful we did it.
Skrevet 2. mai 2021
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Katie R
1 bidrag
feb. 2021
It was really challenging. It gets narrow in a few spots, but it's doable and people are friendly and take turns. Take at least one bottle of water. I took two and drank one-and-a-half bottles in about eighty degree weather. There are no restrooms along the way, so go at the bottom of the hill before you begin your climb. It gets progressively steeper going up. There were moments I wasn't sure I could make it, but you can do it. If I can do it, you can do it. Definitely worth the burning muscles once you're resting at the top and taking in that view.
Skrevet 24. februar 2021
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Ntdilts22
Cincinnati, OH62 bidrag
feb. 2021 • Par
We were concerned bc of mixed reviews on what to expect with this trail. We’re not “pro hikers” or in phenomenal shape, but rather just like to adventure and challenge ourselves on trips. I’ll try to talk to those folks like us.

Trail is rated an extremely difficult hike. Let’s start with this. This isn’t a hike. It’s a climb. And it’s is every bit of extremely difficult. You start on a pretty decent grade of a walk but you’re not far into it at all before you get to tall steep stairs with a fence and then a rail section. These are honestly some of the less challenging portions.

The rest of the way after the second rail, you’re not rock climbing, but you’re as close as it gets without using equipment. It pretty much a series of steep rock stairs where you’re picking your own line. It’s going to take your hands and feet to get up.

We went on a 70 degree day at 11 AM. We both drank a gallon of water on the way up. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the top. It’s only a little over a mile, but it’s pretty much straight up in the air.

The things you don’t need that some say you do? Hiking boots, jeans, hiking pole, an extremely trained and fit lifestyle, etc.

Things you do need that some say you do? A gallon+ of water, 2-3 hours of time, a determined mind, a willingness to climb, shoes with some kind of traction.

If you’re carrying a selfie stick all the way up and doing it for the ‘gram, you’re gonna struggle. If you’re looking for a challenge and have the time, you’re gonna be rewarded with a beautiful view and sense of accomplishment.
Skrevet 16. februar 2021
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stan a
Fullerton, CA37 bidrag
nov. 2020
Really good workout for the quads. There are two levels to the parking lot, but the parking is a bit limited. There was adequate availability at 0630 on a Sunday morning.

It took me 1' 45" on the way up and 45 minutes on the way down. I had tee time to make so I couldn't dilly, but was not rushed.. The way up is as bit challenging on a couple sections where I was scrambling over the rocks on all four more than hiking. Those sections were not that long. The railing was not that necessary on the ascent, but was a real comfort on the descent. Be careful of loose gravel on the 4x4 steps on the descent as the traction can be marginal.

Wear good shoes with a good ability to grab the rocks.

(The Cholla trail was closed in early November 2020.)
Skrevet 5. november 2020
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mskerby
Paris, Texas, USA74 bidrag
jun. 2020 • Venner
Wonderful challenge. It’s not sooooo hard like some have said. I’m in shape and was with a group of women with varying fitness levels. The first day we went half way and then turned around with the group because everyone felt accomplished without pushing too hard. The next day I went solo (completely safe with ALL the people around) and finished it. Know your limits and be willing to turn around at any point. Take a big bottle of water (32 Oz was great for early morning in June) and wear sunscreen. I wore worn down tennis shoes and certainly wished I had hiking boots a couple of times for the traction, but was totally fine. You will enjoy it!
Skrevet 15. juni 2020
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Kerry A
261 bidrag
des. 2019
Not a great deal of parking so go early - this also helps with the heat! Take more water than you think you'll need; this is an intense hike but the views are amazing.
Skrevet 15. juni 2020
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dfotinich
Los Angeles, CA35 bidrag
jun. 2020
Overall this was an amazing climb that I would recommend to most, with several caveats that I will mention below.

Got started at 7am and took 45 minutes to reach the top (for context, I'm in my 20s and hike regularly). Weather was as good as you can get for June, with temps in the 70s. Shade is available throughout the trail in the morning, and the final stretch is basically all in the shade. The downhill took 50 minutes. I would budget at least 2-2.5 hours for the hike regardless of what shape you're in; you don't want to be in a hurry coming down. It's really easy to get hurt.

The statistics of the trail (2.3 miles round trip. 1300 ft gain) vastly understate the challenge. As many others have said, this is a climb, not a "hike". After the first portion of the trail, you are pretty much grappling on boulders to get to the top. If you have bad knees, or have never done any rock climbing, bouldering, or off-piste hiking, this might not be the one for you. From what I know, the Cholla Trail requires far less bouldering, but it is temporarily closed now.

Here would be my tips:
- Get started early, especially in summer (the sun rises at like 5am in AZ in June). You'll have better weather, more shade, easier parking, and prettier views. Quadruple win.
- Wear hiking boots. I wore Nikes and made it, but life would've been far better in proper shoes.
- Bring a backpack. You'll be using your hands. I saw a handful of people going with a water bottle in hand which is a terrible idea
- Bring enough water (minimum 1L per person), but if you're going in the morning on a mild day, don't go insane. I used ~0.5L personally and brought like 3 liters which was overkill. If you choose to go in afternoon/eve, DISREGARD and bring as much water as you want.

Be careful, and don't hesitate to turn around if you feel unsafe!
Skrevet 8. juni 2020
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