Camelback Mountain Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Distinctive and dominant on the Phoenix landscape, Camelback Mountain is just begging to be conquered. Distinctive and dominant on the Phoenix landscape, Camelback Mountain is just begging to be conquered. The two different routes to the 2,680ft summit offer different challenges, and both are featured in this guide. Echo Canyon is the popular route, which ascends 1,400 foot up the western side of the mountain in just over a mile. The journey quickly becomes a real leg-burner but delivers some good hiking experiences and a varied terrain. The Cholla trail heads up a well maintained trail on Camelback's east flank, but becomes a challenging and technical ascent upon reaching the ridgeline. This fun 1.3 mile route becomes increasingly rocky and precipitous, and though the conditions here are not extreme, we'd certainly urge caution and wouldn't recommend this route for young children or folk with a strong aversion to heights. Elevation gain: - Approx. 1,300ft (from 1,450 - 2,680ft)
I hiked the Echo Canyon trail and it was certainly more of a climb than a hike! I usually like to hike in less crowded areas, but this experience was actually really neat! Everyone is so pleasant and encouraging when you pass by, some people are even helpful in the tough areas. It's definitely a strenuous hike and you gain quite a bit of elevation in a very short distance, but it's well worth the view at the summit! This is now one of my new favorite trails, I will be back for sure!
Beautiful from start till finish. Completely different from anything I have hiked in Northern California.
Amazing trail but tons of people on the weekends and in the evenings. Bring lots of water and stay on the trails, and try not to go alone, especially if you are not familiar with the trail.
Great exercise and good views, but always busy. Takes a little over an hour to reach the top
Amazing hike! Must be prepared for rough rock and lizards.
Beautiful hike. Difficult incline for a mile stretch. If you don't feel you can do the entire thing, there is a hand rail installed to help get to the first break point about half way up which offers a very nice view. Needed a moderate amount of hand usage going up and even more going down. Happy hiking!
Very tough, not for the weak! Definitely for experienced hikers. Literally on your hands and knees at some parts...but the view is totally worth it in the end. Bring PLENTY of water and snacks if needed. Probably not a good idea to hike this trail in 90+ degree weather.
Great rocky hike. Not typical for these midwesterners
Fantastic hike for anyone but I loved it as a non- local visiting from Washington state. A lot of hand and feet work so balance is helpful on this one for sure. Parking is horrible for this trail. So go early like I did (7am) or late in the day. It's a busy trail is an understatement.
A must do trail. Its 4.7miles if you go back down the opposite side and return. If you go to the top its only 2.6 miles roundtrip. Great views. Climbing up a lot of rocks and hold onto the hand rail.
A city hike / climb that provides a great workout. My (crazy fit) wife and I do this hike to start our day when vacationing in Scottsdale. It's crowded if you don't start first thing and parking bites but we do enjoy it.