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Echo Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 5.0 (5)

A premier trail in Chiricahua, with rock formations, slot canyons, and more.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

Point to Point

6,778' 2,066 m

High

6,270' 1,911 m

Low

40' 12 m

Up

535' 163 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features River/Creek · Views

Description

Begin by heading down the trail from the parking area; after a short distance, turn right on the Echo Canyon Trail instead of the Ed Riggs Trail. Soon afterward, begin to enjoy views of nearby spires and rock formations. At this point, you are at about the height of the tops of the formations. There are also more distant views of the spires in the canyon below.

After a bit, the trail descends via switchbacks into the spires in an area aptly named "Wall Street". Sheer walls rise on either side of the trail; from above, no one would guess a trail traverses the tangle of rocks and boulders.

The formations continue beyond Wall Street, looking like all kinds of every-day objects to the creative mind. This is Echo Park... check out those echos!

The trail ends by hugging the edge of Rhyolite Canyon to descend to a junction with the Hailstone Trail (turning left will create a loop back to the Echo Canyon Parking Area via the Ed Riggs Trail) and the Upper Rhyolite Canyon Trail (turning right will take you down to the visitor center via the Lower Rhyolite Canyon Trail, or to the Heart of Rocks Loop via the Sarah Deming Trail).

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A hiker looking out from the edge of the Chiricahua Mountains.
May 26, 2021 near Willcox, AZ
Rock formations along the top of Chiricahua.
May 26, 2021 near Willcox, AZ
Spires and balancing rocks stand along the Echo Canyon Trail.
Feb 3, 2017 near Willcox, AZ
Hiking through narrow Echo Canyon.
May 26, 2021 near Willcox, AZ
Cactus Flower
Oct 13, 2017 near Willcox, AZ

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Apr 30, 2021
Apurv Aggarwal
Apr 11, 2021
Ryan W
Feb 1, 2020
hdjohnson
Short loop with Hailstone and Ed Riggs trails 1.7mi
Nov 1, 2019
Braxton Cox
Started at Massai Point, hiked to Echo Canyon parking area, did Echo Canyon Trail, Hailstone Trail, and Ed Riggs Trail back to Massai Point. Lots o… 1.7mi
Oct 8, 2019
Jim Chang
May 6, 2017
C B
Mar 7, 2017
Barbara Beardsley
beautiful hike, glad I had hiking pole. 3.4mi
Jul 6, 2009
Rick Ihnat
With Jacqueline. She tried to investigate a rattlesnake.