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Camelback Mountain Trail

HARD 32 reviews
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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.

4.7 miles 2483 feet Out & Back



nature trips

rock climbing

trail running



wild flowers


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)

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1 day ago

Trail is hard but worth it when you get to top. Lots of rock climbing to get to the top.

2 days ago

Do this hike all the time! Love the feeling at the top!

7 days ago

It starts off easy and you're wondering how this hike is considered HARD... then you get to the rocks and you begin to climb and climb and you realize this hike isn't as easy as you thought. Bring a lot of water during summer. It's HOT and can become difficult. Bring some gloves, I found myself slipping as I held onto the railing.

10 days ago

Just don't do it in the summer otherwise it's great!

12 days ago

cholla trail was moderate except near the unmarked top. that was difficult

13 days ago

Best hike I have done so far

13 days ago

13 days ago

Great hike. Not too long but with some great structure. Large boulders and scrambles. Unfortunately it rained when we reached the highest point so climbing down was slippery. In all a good trail and something you should follow in the Phoenix area.

17 days ago

Fun hike with lots of traffic. Got there 6:30 Sunday and lot full. Of course downpour 2x but made for great photos but very slippery conditions coming down. Not that tough to be honest and was hoping for more of a workout.

22 days ago

23 days ago


23 days ago

Rapid elevation climb and a lot of fun to free climb. Lots of caves and an excellent view of the entire valley from the summit. Only downside is that the place is absolutely packed and parking is a nightmare.

24 days ago

1 month ago

Great workout!!!

1 month ago

Amazing. Definitely a climb to remember! Go early and bring water!

1 month ago

This is my favorite place to hike! Always intense, but always well worth it!

1 month ago

If you are looking to test your limits and really challenge your body, this is a incredibly satisfying hike. I would highly recommend to anyone who is moderately active. Getting to the top is so worth it; the spectacular view all around. You cannot be disappointed! Highly recommend plenty of water and some high protein snacks. Remember sunscreen.

1 month ago

If your looking for a work out this is the mountain your looking for! The top is amazing in the evening!
Bring your Camelpack!!