The trail descends from the Echo Canyon parking area; turn left a short distance from the trailhead to access the Ed Riggs Trail proper. The trail continues to descend 0.2 miles through bushes and trees to the junction with the trail to Massai Point; continue right. Ever descending, the trail works its way along the side of the valley for the next 0.7 miles. This section of the trail is in the forest and was spared by recent wildfire activity. The coolness of the trees is welcome in the heat of the day.
As the trail approaches the one mile point, views begin to open up of spires. While it's only a taste of what's to come if you continue beyond the end of the Ed Riggs Trail, it's still very impressive.
The trail terminates at the junction with the Hailstone Trail and the Mushroom Rock Trail
. The Hailstone Trail will create a loop (with the Echo Canyon Trail
) back to the Echo Canyon parking area; for a longer loop, take the Mushroom Rock Trail
to the Sarah Deming Trail
, then up the Upper Rhyolite Canyon Trail
and Echo Canyon Trail
to return to the Echo Canyon parking area.