Outdoors

Echo Canyon Trail at Camelback Mountain to be Slightly Longer, Less Steep; Trail Closed January 28 Until Fall

The new Echo Canyon Trail alignment at Camelback Mountain will add another quarter mile to the popular Phoenix summit climb, easing an erosion-causing steep grade near the start.

The renovation is just part of a $3 million project by the city of Phoenix that will be closing the trail and trailhead near McDonald Drive and Tatum Boulevard from Monday, January 28, until sometime in the fall. It's a long overdue makeover for one of the region's most visited outdoor-recreation spots. Phoenix's beloved mountain park has suffered in recent years from traffic jams in its tiny parking lot and the pounding of millions of footsteps on its rocky flanks.

Cholla Trail, the narrower, more obscure summit trail on Camelback's eastern side, will remain open.

See also: - Echo Canyon Trail and Trailhead at Camelback Mountain to Close January 28 for Renovations - Camelback Mountain Parking Options Considered by Phoenix Include No Parking Lot at Echo Canyon Trailhead

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.