|Hiking up the "Praying Monk" section of Camelback Mountain|
in Phoenix, Arizona
Because so many people do it - from individual trail runners to families and groups of casual walkers and even tourists - the Echo Canyon Trail is sometimes rated as "very difficult" or "almost like rock climbing" but it is actually just an easy hike with some scrambling. Ever efficient, the park authorities even put metal railings on the moderately steep parts so as to minimise accidents in what is called the "Praying Monk" section.
The Cholla Trail was, in my opinion, more scenic than the Echo Canyon, as it passes through a ridgeline with drops on both sides. It reminded me a bit of Mt. Batulao, except that Camelback is more rocky and precipitous. Good thing my La Sportiva shoes did the trick - it was a success, and soon I was having lunch with my uncle in Phoenix! I thank him and my Tita Maricar for another warm welcome in such a beautiful part of the US!
SPRING HIKES IN THE US (2015)
Hiking matters #453: Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, AZ
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