Camelback Mountain Via Cholla Trail

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Camelback Mountain Via Cholla Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily 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 best used from September until May.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

no dogs

Trailhead is on Cholla Lane. Parking available on Invergordon Street.

hiking
3 days ago

It’s really not that hard but it’s not a tourist attraction without water and wearing flip flops either.
Exposed 100% of the time so bring sun protection and plenty of water. I personally use my hands a lot so free hands are recommended. A small and light camelback is ideal. No poles.
Finished it before 9AM on a Sunday and it wasn’t too busy or too hot. Just perfect. Temp in the low 80s.

hiking
3 days ago

Fine hike. Last 1/3 of a mile is up rocks. Lots of people on the hike. Cool views. Nothing earth shattering to see, but good exercise.

4 days ago

Been hiking for 9 years now and so far, THE BEST ONE EVER. Not for beginners, but definitely worth it for every hiker if he/she can make it to the top.

9 days ago

Challenging!

10 days ago

What a great day! The second part of trail is essentially rock climbing but very rewarding at the top!

hiking
11 days ago

This trail was a lot of fun and challenging. It felt like I was rock climbing as you get to the top. I would call this a trail loosely because there is no visible trail. You end up following blue dots sprayed on rocks that mark the best route. It seemed dicey at times but the view from the top is worth it.

17 days ago

it's an urban hike. expect lots of people and city views. it's a good one

17 days ago

I guide hikes up Camelback, love the trail & terrain. Try to go really early to avoid crowds- don’t hike it when it’s over 100.. Echo canyon is my preferred route

18 days ago

Definitely not for beginning hikers. Steep, rocky uphill climbs, very little shade. Bring lots of water. Beautiful views, but very suburban- you’ll view lots of rooftops on this trek.

hiking
18 days ago

Great view especially for my first time hiking in Phoenix. BRING WATER. I know it’s a city location but the trail is unforgiving for those that come unprepared.

hiking
18 days ago

intense last 1000m elevation hike!

hiking
19 days ago

Like ants on a log. Even at 6 AM.

hiking
23 days ago

Awesome hike! But on this trail take note that you are in the constant sun. There is very little shade along the way to take a break in. Go as early as possible. And as always in AZ take plenty of WATER!

24 days ago

Great workout

hiking
25 days ago

Challenging but awesome trail!!

30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

The hike is well worth the views. Wear appropriate footwear and gloves would be a bonus. Bring lots of water!

1 month ago

awesome trail

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike, especially for a short one. There are lots of people on the trail, however, on the weekend, apparently. I’d guess that around 1/10 to 1/8 of the trail, especially above the saddle is Class 3. Great views from summit. Take a backpack or water bladder pack to free both hands up for upper part, and bring gloves.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike today.

1 month ago

We ended up having to park at the JW Marriott about 1.3 miles away. We arrived at 8:00 and there was no parking. We walked to the trail from the Marriott hotel, not a bad idea, if there’s no other option. It just made the overall hike about 45 minutes longer. The Camelback Mountain trail is great, though. We went up the steep way (there are 2 ways to go up). The best advice is 1) IT IS ALWAYS CROWDED, SO BE PREPARED FOR THAT....2) BACKPACK WITH WATER SO YOU CAN GO HANDS-FREE..... 3) HIKING SHOES ARE THE BEST SO YOU SLIP LESS EASILY, BUT SLIPPING AT TIMES HAPPENS.... 4) MAKE EVERY STEP A THOUGHTFUL, PLANNED ONE WHEN GOING UP THE STEEP PARTS AND ALSO GOING DOWN.... 5) DRINK MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED, CAUSE YOU DO NEED MORE THAN YOU WILL FEEL LIKE DRINKING..... 6) TAKE REST BREAKS TO GATHER STRENGTH..... 7) DON’T QUIT! THIS TRAIL IS DOABLE, AND IT IS WORTH THE CLIMB! I HAVE DONE IT TWO TIMES NOW. I WAS SMARTER ABOUT THE APPROACH THE SECOND TIME.

walking
1 month ago

Exhausting but fun! Definitely got a work out in.

1 month ago

Beautiful views and well worth the climb!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, more steep than echo in my opinion. Beautiful views Ive only gone up this way and gone down the other side once and vice versa the other time so I would say it would still take a good 2 hours up and down if youre only stopping a few times for water/breathing breaks.

2 months ago

There are some spectacular views, and those are well worth the climb. The climb can be challenging near the top, depending on your experience level.

hiking
2 months ago

I'm actually in love with this trail! The intensity is awesome & the view is amazing! You have to stay focused on this hike though, it's definitely one that you can make one wrong mistake and be done....obviously if you are the climber type hiker this will be your go too, I promise. haha. Oh and make sure you wear some grip shoes, you will slide on these rocks while climbing if you're in typical running shoes. Also, I can not stress enough about the water situation. I always have a 64oz camel pack and a few extra water bottles in my backpack. That's just for me. You have to replace what you sweat.

2 months ago

It’s was a good hike but super crowded, even on a week day. No one wants to wait in line while bouldering. Other than that, great views at the top!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is definitely challenging for new hikers and an overall awesome workout. When I lived closer, I used to hike this every morning during sunrise because the views were so beautiful as you ascend the mountain. I can typically finish the entire hike in about 1.5 hours or less going at a consistent walking pace. The last part of the hike (past where the emergency helicopters would be able to land) involves some scrambling and it can be easy to get lost if you are unsure of where to go. Be sure to look at the rocks for the navigational markings and pay attention to signs. Also, I see a ton of people attempt this hike with just a single water bottle but I definitely recommend bringing at least 1-2 liters depending upon the time of year you go. There is no parking lot and you instead parrallel park on the main road a little ways from the trailhead. It is easy to spot where you need to park though because there are some signs on the road that signal you where to go.

2 months ago

Challenging and beautiful. Harder coming down. Witnessed a rescue here today. So, watch your footing, and bring lots of water. We brought over a gallon and could have used more between two.

hiking
2 months ago

Busier trail which is expected in the city, but the view is great! Much more hike feel than the stairs over at Piestewa. Parking is a a pain and no facilities at trail head. I agree with others, moderate the first 2/3 of hike then more difficult. Wearing proper shoes and bringing more water than you think you need is just smart especially on this trail. Saw lots of people in slippery casual shoes with no grip having a harder time than need be and some with no water.

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