Echo Canyon trail (©Visit Phoenix)
These are strenuous summit hikes, and they forever change hikers’ admiration of the “camel’s back” from anywhere in the Valley. The Cholla trail rises from a neighborhood of mansions near The Phoenician’s golf courses and becomes narrow, steep and rocky in some parts. The Echo Canyon trail is so remarkably steep at some points that handrails and fences were permanently installed by park stewards. Each trail offers moments of breathtaking exposure. Trails meet at the summit, but the street-level trailheads are miles apart—so be sure to descend the same way you came.