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Super easy trail.

Wow those views make the slightly perilous conditions worthwhile! Rain a few days earlier made the rock faces very slippy!

Be careful and wear good shoes and you are in for one hell of a view

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Proud to say at age 72 I made it to the top today my second time after 7 1/2 years when I climbed before. Seems like it was much more difficult this time but then again I am much older. It was a perfect day for hiking, the weather was about 62° and sunny skies. The views from the top are spectacular, take plenty of water and a snack. trekking poles are great in certain areas but most the time you won’t need them, definitely you’ll need gloves for the cables.

This is a great workout trail, and the view on the top is amazing.

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rocky
1 day ago

This trail was a serious challenge, bring snacks, gloves and some tunes (air pods).

Great hike this morning. Really crowded but still happy to do it since we were in town. Lots of scrambling and gloves would have been nice but we made it just fine. If we were to do it again we’d wear our hiking boots vs the hiking shoes just for the additional ankle support. The hike down was a little tough on ankles and knees but worth it.

Good hike but always busy on the weekends

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

What a great trail! Tough but absolutely worth it! Gloves are a necessity for the cable portions - and a little upper body strength helps too. But what a fun way to climb! All the way up is beautiful scenery to birds-eye level and a 360 degree view at the top. Amazing!

Pretty easy hike to see something that I have only seen in many photos. Very beautiful.

hiking
4 days ago

Cool area. Parking is weird. I would park at the campground.

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☺️

A good trail all the way, although it's steep for the last quarter mile. Lightly used above the saddle. We saw one hiker near the top and five others below the saddle (the saddle is mile 3 from the trailhead). When we hiked it a few days ago, there was water in the creek and our view from the top of Agua Caliente hill included a snow-covered Mica Peak!

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.

The guides kinda just rush you through. The canyon is gorgeous but I didn't get to really take it in.

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.

My little beagle loved it and crushed the uphill portions. Carried her downhill because she didn’t want to leave plus the critters during dusk were all out driving her nuts. Went only up to the cable sections about 1.2 miles up. Too difficult with a dog on leash and dogs are not allowed past the saddle.

Gloves with grip and hiking boots/shoes.

Great hike. There are a few spots that definitely require a little patience and safety; otherwise you will be calling an airlift out.
Go on a weekday if possible. Less traffic. There are a lot of spots that only one person can pass at a time.
No dogs past the first guide cables. Don’t be that idiot.

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

short hike very beautiful place a lot of people I enjoyed

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.

Accidentally took the blue trail and 6 miles became 11. Still a great hike on a well marked trail.

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.

This was a pretty complete hike. Steep going up and down, some scrambling, 3 point touch at times, and of course use of upper body strength with cables assistance....lots of areas with cables. Yes gloves are essential here! nice views for sunrise. Was very fun and challenging. Would say a little more difficult than Camelback echo canyon.

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.

This was definitely challenging but so fun and worth it!!! There are railings to help you move along when the trail gets steep and even steps carved out at one of the inclines. There are also plenty of "rest stops" where you can hang and enjoy the view from above. However, watch out for the boulders because every time you think you're close to the top, there's another mountain of rocks you must overcome! I recommend the song "The Strong Will Continue" by Nas & Damian Marley to help you persevere to the top (and for the hike back down)! The view from the summit was breath-taking! I highly recommend Camelback Mt and will be going back and perhaps try the Cholla trail next time I'm in Scottsdale!

One of the most best hikes we’ve done so far in Arizona. The rock scrambles and cables make for a fun adventure m. Some cable climbs are very steep and difficult to find your footing, but overall very doable for all ages. The climb up the front half of the mountain is gradual. You circle around the back of the mountain, a small decent and than a climb to the very top. The cables are all on the opposite side of the mountain. We were out and back in 2.5 hours and traveled with a 6 month old on our back. Tight and nerve wracking in some spots but was a lot of fun in the end. At the trailhead stick to the right on hunter trail. At the top of the first mountain circle around towards the left towards the cable decent. Fantastic views and wish more trails were like it :)

Great morning hike. We went early to avoid crowds and the reviews don’t lie. By 9 the parking lot is filling up. We were approximately 1.5 hours. There were many tail runners and people of all ages and physical abilities. A long rock scramble up that will get your legs working but worth the mile to half mile climb for the amazing 360 views at the top. Many people including us carrying their kids up in front or back carriers. A must do if you are in the city.

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