Are You Ready for Hiking Season?

As we enter October in Arizona we enter Camelback Hiking season.  As summer weather cools down, outside activities become very enjoyable in a dry and cool Phoenix Metro climate.  With this desirable weather though brings many more out of town visitors, snowbirds and tourists looking to tackle either Echo Canyon or Cholla Trail.  Besides having […]

Camelback Claims More Victims

Two men in their late 20s were rescued from the Echo Canyon trail Sunday 7/8/2012. Phoenix Fire rescued them after they had made it 3 quarters of the way up but were unable to continue. The two guys ran out of water and other generous hikers dialed 911 and stayed with them until helped arrived. […]

Summer Hiking – Bonus Challenge

There are a few obvious tips you will read about when it comes to summer hiking.  These include, drinking and carrying plenty of water, wearing sunscreen and appropriate protective clothing.  There are other common sense guidelines and yes they are very important to follow when hiking Camelback Mountain given the intensity of both trails that […]

Andrew’s Camelback Experience

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Phoenix on a business trip.  The afternoon of May 1 and with a couple hours of free time, I headed to Echo Canyon for a little hiking, sightseeing, and stress relief.  As I had not planned on hiking while in Phoenix, stupid me thought that drinking as […]

Lewi’s Going Away Hike

Here are some pics from Lewi’s going away hike back on June 25, 2007. It was a hot 109 degree day and we sent Lewi to Rocky Mount North Carolina in style.  The hike was on the Echo Canyon side and there was maybe 8 other people there that day.  This was a good thing […]

Sonoran Desert Weather

Phoenix climate is categorized as subtropical arid climate and is described by many locals as a “dry heat” or two seasonal.  This is because Phoenix typically has only two noticeable weather conditions, hot or warm. While the extremely hot summers keep many visitors away, the very warm winters attract many out of town visitors otherwise commonly referred […]