PHOENIX -- Heads-up for hikers! If you're planning to hike Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon, only a few weeks are left until the popular area will be closed off to the public.
Starting Jan. 28, Echo Canyon's Trailhead and Summit Trail will be shut down for a major renovation project. The parking area will also be closed. The project is tentatively scheduled for completion this fall.
The renovation is designed to increase vehicle, pedestrian and hiker safety at the busy hiking destination.
Workers will improve the trail by making it more resistant to erosion and better able to withstand heavy foot traffic. Walkways and safety buffers will be added.
Crews will also work to ease traffic and parking congestion by adding a roundabout at the park entrance.
And good new for hikers frustrated by lack of parking. The project also includes adding more parking spots. Right now there are 68 spaces. After the work is completed, there will be 132 spaces.
Finally, crews will be constructing a permanent restroom at the site.
Even with this popular summit trail closed for renovation, there are still more than 180 miles of trails in Phoenix for hiking. North Mountain offers challenging elevation gain, sweeping valley views from the summit, ample parking, and convenient access off of 7th Street.