Camelback Mountain Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, AZ 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)
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.
Camelback is fun, but it gets busy...parking is very limited. Great view of the valley at the top.
Would consider Echo Canyon side hard but Cholla side moderate. For a city hike, like this much better than Piestawa - parking is bad here too, but the etiquette of the crowds inexplicably seems far better. Take a lot of water. It's worth the views at the top
Trail is hard but worth it when you get to top. Lots of rock climbing to get to the top.