Sunrise on January 15, 2014 couldn’t have come fast enough for the many hikers who have been patiently waiting for the re-opening of Echo canyon trail at Camelback Mountain. The popular trail had been closed for nearly a year and regular hikers had to find an alternative trail and mountains to hike while Camelback went through an updated preservation remodel.
Some of the first changes that hikers will notice right away are the parking upgrades. Parking has been expanded to include 135 slot spaces from the previous of just 68. Hikers and vacation spectators who come from all over the world to hike and take pictures of Camelback Mountain can rejoice in the much needed bathroom accommodations with newly added flush toilets.
Other added features include bike racks, a covered ramada for the hot temps of summer and cool refreshing water fountains. The initial path at the summit which starts the hikers up the trail to reach the top of Camelback has been revised completely. Out are the old wooden steps which have been replaced with a smoothed out uphill path.
New signs are posted along the trail to let hikers know where they are and what dangers to look out for. According to AZ Central the cost of Camelback Mountains renovation project was $4.34 million dollars.
No dogs are allowed on the Echo canyon trail side, this is open to hikers only but you can hike with your dog on the Cholla Trail side. The Echo canyon trail to Camelback Mountain is open sunrise to sunset year round and is one of the busiest places to hike in Arizona.