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Overall: The trail was a great challenge that required some equipment-less light rock climbing towards the end. The view included was great to see especially because you could see the tips of other popular hikes. Lots of beautiful wildflowers and other shrubbery.

The hike: The weather was at a high 60 degrees, low 70s with light clouds. The climb in the beginning is clean and inviting. It doesn’t take long to have a good view of western Phoenix. There are various opportunities for beautiful pictures with a vast backdrop. There are many rest stops through the hike. The last 20-30 minutes of the hike is the toughest. It may require some light rock climbing. It took about 85 minutes to get to the top with many breaks in between. Needless to say it was worth it. It’s a very popular hike so foot traffic is abundant but the people are pleasant.

The view: Just like many hikes the view gives a 360 degree view of the city. This view is especially worthwhile because you are above other peaks so the level of accomplishment you get reaching the top is all the better. Many places to hang out and relax and soak up the view or meditate. It is busy so don’t expect to ever be the only one up there.

hiking
17 hours ago

The dark side is the best hike.

Rocky trail, good hiking shoes a must. Beautiful views. Will definitely do this one again.

A new favorite of mine!

trail running
1 day ago

Great for trail running!
First half is a bit loose and rocky so watch your step if you’re running through. Great little climb up the granite ridge in the middle with a perfect spot to take a break, have a snack, enjoy the view. Back half is gorgeous to run through and connects to another trail if you want to take it further.
First bit and top of the ridge can be busy on weekends.
Parking is limited so get there early.

I enjoyed Camelback. It was challenging, and had good views. I liked climbing up the rocks!

To be completely honest, I don’t think it is super special that I’d want to drive out there often and around so many people of different skill levels. It is a good hike, but to me, it’s a little overrated.

What a challenge! very steep climb and I kept thinking going down would be more difficult, and it was. Had to remove the tri-focals to have better depth perception. I'm and avid hiker in the Rockies and this was tough for me. But I did it! I envy those that can do it quickly and are steady on their feet. I've got a new workout plan for the gym to help with that. 65 and feeling alive! rock on☺️

Pretty neat trail with some amazing views. A lot of bird life going on deep within the trail once you get above the tree line. A few steep ascensions but other than that a simple yet decently long hike. My dog didn’t have too much trouble with those few steep climbs so neither should anyone else.

off road driving
2 days ago

great ride, explore the cave at fish creek bridge

Short hike but good workout! lots of rock scaling.. good hiking shoes and water a must. Took 1 hour going moderate speed to get to top and 25 minutes to go down going fast. No problem with parking mid week at 10 am. This hike wouldn't be fun in the heat. Very steep sections.

Easy hike , the view is not bad !

Short and easy for the experienced hiker, but diverse rock scrambles offer stimulation for everyone. A great ascent for being so close to town. Lots of traffic means plenty of friendly interactions, be patient and remember right of way rules! Early January hike meant cool temps, take that into consideration when I say it only requires .5 liters of water.

Bring a pair of gloves! I brought my fingerless weightlifting gloves and cut up my finger tips. Amazing hike! Take it easy going up there and listen to your body. I thought it would be extremely difficult, but this felt like a moderate hike for me. 3/4ths of the way up was rock scrambling. Also bring good sturdy shoes for traction. Gym shoes won't cut it.

Loved the challenge and the views from the top! Good traction on your shoes and a backpack with 2 liters of water are going to help you here! This trail is very crowded even on weekdays, so not the hike for you if you want solitude or don’t like lots of moving out of the way for other hikers (uphill has the right of way!) Other hikers are very friendly and encouraging.

The descent is incredibly dangerous. I slipped on a boulder and was an inch away from bashing my skull into another boulder. Easily the most difficult trail in Phoenix, so be careful!

Was a awesome climb and beautiful day with my
Daughter

hiking
5 days ago

My favorite hike in Scottsdale!

Terrible parking, very busy trail and a lot of people don’t pay attention which makes some areas dangerous. I prefer echo.

We tried to hike this trail during the New Year Eve snowstorm. Went clockwise and made it to the Hangover trail before turning back. Came back on Jan 11th and completed the loop. I’m glad we turned around the previous hike. I’d consider this hike easy if not for the scrambling needed with a few places on Hangover. Favorite Sedona hike.

My favorite hike in the valley! It is definitely a climb, but so much fun! I highly recommend taking an Uber to the trail head due to limited parking.

Did this trail this morning , definitely not a beginner hike for the faint of heart. Worth the view once you get to the top

on Pinnacle Peak Trail

6 days ago

Great views and very well maintained trails and facilities. The hike is rather too easy but a good one still.

Tougher than expected and way better than I thought going in. I prefer Echo Canyon over Cholla Trail personally, we did both on our trip. Make sure to arrive early if you want to park in their lot. It’s not very big and fills up fast. We got there at 10am on a Friday and got one of the last spots. When we left, the lot was full. I recommend a camelback (or knock off) backpack and good hiking boots. Saw a lot of people without either but honestly, it made it easier.

Did this hike to check it off my Phoenix bucket list but was fairly underwhelmed. For the hype and popularity, especially as a tourist attraction, I would NOT recommend this hike to most. I saw many older individuals, young children, or just tourists in non-athletic clothing (think: skinny jeans and flat-bottom sneakers) who seemed to be struggling or were at risk for falling/injuring themselves. The hike itself isn't difficult in terms of length or even elevation (although I am an avid hiker), but more the scrambling and climbing over rocks. The views at the top were definitely nice but at the cost of feeling more "urban" than a hike out in nature. If you were looking for amazing views, I would recommend South Mountain or even Tonto/the Superstitions area.

I went on a Saturday so there was no parking. Also saw some firefighters doing a rescue, which I later learned happens quite frequently - another reason why I would not recommend this hike to the "average person," per se.

Second time to hike this trail. First time was last July and the temp was 103. Bad idea but I survived! Second time was Jan 9 and temp was 70. I love this hike and if I was local I would hike weekly.

Loved it. Remember to bring lots of water...it’s basically a rock scramble the whole way up after the “plateau” overlook vantage point.

Trail was a little busy when we went but absolutely beautiful. It is a lot easier than the other trail at Camelback mountain so if you have bad knees 10/10 recommend

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

My wife and I are hiking novices but enjoyed this hike. It is VERY rocky compared to some other more sandy/gravel trails we have tried, like Pinnacle Peak and Tom’s Thumb. I would definitely recommend hiking shoes vs sneakers.

We took the anti-clockwise direction which is a more gradual incline, but meant a longer uphill section than the clockwise alternative.

Great trail and views of the valley

Definitely have great views throughout the entire hike, Especially at the end. Very easy and relaxing hike.

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