Echo Canyon Loop
Trailhead: Echo Canyon
Length: 3.3 miles roundtrip
National Park: Chiricahua National Monument
**Kid Friendly Hike**
Directions to Trailhead:
From Willcox, take AZ186 to the Chiricahua National Monument. There is a fee to enter the park. Once inside, take Bonita Canyon Drive through the park to the Echo Canyon Trailhead.
This amazing trail takes visitors on a fantastic tour of the amazing hoodoos and rock formations that make up the Chiricahua National Monument. The trail begins on the Echo Canyon Trail, which immediately begins a gentle descent towards Wall Street. Wall Street is an wonderful display of gigantic boulders, though which you will hike for about one mile, as the trail takes you further and further down into Echo Park. Soon, you will leave the hoodoos behind and find yourself in a lush, riparian canyon. There is one small creek crossing, and then the trail will begin to climb gently out of the canyon.
At 1.6 miles, the Echo Canyon Trail ends at a trail junction with the Upper Rhyolite Trail and the Hailstone Trail. The Upper Rhyolite Trail will take you back to the visitor center. Take the Hailstone Trail to continue the Echo Canyon Loop.
The Hailstone Trail climbs out of Rhyolite Canyon and soon follows a rocky shelf high above the canyon, for 0.8 miles. The views are stunning, but not nearly as impressive as those along the Echo Canyon Trail. There is also limited shade here, I would not recommend this trail in the summer.
At 2.4 miles, you will reach another trail junction: the Mushroom Rock Trail, and the Ed Riggs Trail. Take the Ed Riggs Trail to complete the loop. The Ed Riggs Trail climbs gently back up to the Echo Canyon Trailhead, over a distance of 0.9 miles. Like the Hailstone Trail, it is very exposed.
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