In June, we brought you an update on the work being done to improve the Echo Canyon Trailhead, from which Camelback Mountain’s Summit Trail originates. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is rebuilding the trailhead, nearly doubling the size of the parking lot and making other improvements that should help prevent congestion at the trailhead.
At the time, Chris Ewell, the department’s lead staff member on the project, told us the trailhead would remain closed until the fall. Now, the city has updated its project website to indicate that the trail will remain closed through December.
While this is sad news for those hoping to take advantage of lower temperatures, with any luck, the trail will be open for business in January 2014, which is prime hiking season in the Valley of the Sun. To get the latest updates, visit the project website or call 480-281-1506. And remember that South Mountain and the Sonoran Desert Preserve, among others, provide more great hiking options in the area.