Camelback Mountain Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2913 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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)

hiking
8 hours ago

5 days ago

If you're not in great shape avoid during the summer. While I was there two people had to be air lifted off the mountain. I did the entire thing Echo Canyon to Cholla and back approximately 8-9 miles took about 4.5 hours not my best time but the heat was intense averaging 110-115 as always bring more water than you think you'll need.

5 days ago

Arrive early to get parking and beat the heat. Bring more water than you think you will need - a snack at the peak is a good call. Excellent hike!

6 days ago

I'm 56. This was challenging but doable! A lot of people on the weekends.

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7 days ago

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11 days ago

Excellent hike. Hard and amazing! Best full hike so far and my favourite!

hiking
11 days ago

Challenging hike- loved it

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21 days ago

My first hike in AZ. Beautiful!

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walking
1 month ago

Bring more water than you think. The trail can be very congested at times.

1 month ago

Beautiful area! Trail is clearly marked and railings help on the steep parts. Bring lots of water.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, very steep at times. Make sure you pack plenty of water. Drank at least two liters of water.