Did this trail in conjunction with the Cholla trail, trailhead-trailhead-trailhead starting at Cholla TH.
This was one of those experiences I'll never forget! After summiting from the Cholla trail, I started heading down via Echo Canyon. About halfway down the trail, I stepped in a tight spot between two small boulders, and when I picked my foot back out, it ripped the back half of the sole on my right shoe off! As I walked farther down I started worrying that the whole sole may come off before I could get all the way back to my car. With every step, the back of the sole slapped loud and hard against my heel! Then, maybe 15-20 minutes later, the sole on my left foot thought it was missing out on something fun at my expense, so it decided to just do the EXACT same thing. I can't tell you how stupid I looked, hiking down the trail with two large hiking boot flip-flops. With every step, they made a loud flip-flop type sound, which caused more than one head to turn
When I reached the Echo Canyon TH, I was a bit nervous. I checked my backpack and realized I had no sort of tape at all. So by this time I'm going through the names of all those I know in the area thinking, "I wonder who I could call who could run out here with some gorilla glue or duct tape." Couldn't think of anyone who was available. I then saw a City of Phoenix worker patching the cement on the water faucet at the Echo Canyon Trailhead, and I say, "Excuse me, sir, I've got a bit of a problem here." I show him my two mondo-flip flops and say, "You got any glue, or duct tape you can spare? I still have to go back to the Cholla trailhead." He looks at me and laughs, says, "You people are just crazy out here," and then says, "You know, I don't know, I don't carry stuff like that on my truck, but let's see." He then spends a few minutes digging into every compartment of his truck, while I'm praying to God, calling in favors.
He then finally pulls out a partial role of duct tape that was obviously several years old, it didn't even want to separate from the roll.
This nice Phoenix employee looks at a boulder in front of me and says, "Throw her up there," and he starts wrapping my right boot for me. He tells me this reminds him of his days as a medic in Vietnam. He then tosses me the roll and says, "Here, keep the change." I hop on over to a bench to wrap the other boot.
With a new boost of confidence, I take off back up Echo Canyon. Saw a really cool caterpillar and big lizard (see photoset).
Took less than an hour to flip-flop down, and an hour to go back up. All told, 3:45 TH-TH-TH.
Difficulty (for me):
1/2 (of 5)
Took just over an hour going up, about 45 minutes down after finishing Echo Canyon, for 1:50 total. Total for both hikes, 3:45. Trail had nice view of the Phoenician! Really enjoyed hiking the ridgeline. My Echo Canyon portion of this trip was a bit more interesting...check it out