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Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

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Echo Canyon Park

Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Valley, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from September until May.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 1,161 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No shade

No dogs

Waypoints (0)
Tips
Getting There

Trail closes at sunset.

Trailhead is on Cholla Lane. Parking available on Invergordon Street. Make sure to bring plenty of water.

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Reviews (2274)
Photos (1265)
Recordings (1807)
Completed (5830)
Jack Hollin
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Clark Patterson
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Hiking

Definitely harder than i remember! Wow, didn't help it was 107 today... Made it to the top but certainly wished I would've stopped at the helicopter pad... Get's much more difficult after that!!! Climbing and bouldering to the top. Wished I would've went much earlier in the day, the heat took me out!

Mark Shelly
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My favorite after work hike, up halfway to the helicopter pad and back down. Why is it still closed?!?! It doesn’t take 3 months to repair a trail....

Tiffany Stelling
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We hiked this route last June and it was pretty challenging. Make sure to get there early and bring plenty of water. Trail was very busy towards the late morning hours, in the afternoon they weren't letting anymore hikers enter due to the heat. Beautiful views at the top! Wear sunscreen.

Jaida A
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Great hike, parking is still closed

David H
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World-class trail with lots of precarious sections. Inexperienced hikers should take caution but definitely give it a try. Not unusual for someone to require a rescue team/helicopter for assistance. It starts out relatively easy and gets progressively difficult so a good trail to build skills. Views are amazing.

Laurel Hamilton
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Curtis Langstraat
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Hiking

This trail is still closed

Jake Anderson
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HikingRocky

This trail has a fairly gradual ascent until you reach the upper section. You can get some great views of the surrounding area. Parking can be difficult but it is easier the earlier you go.

Lauren Little
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Hiking

Love this trail but it is closed currently

Hannah Hillis
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Hiking

Indian Bend Wash. Pretty flat for a nice walk/hike!

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Mark Fitch
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Hiking

Sadly this trail is still closed. Just tried to get on it but there’s no access.

Susan Pesso
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Closed today Saturday April 4. Is it open during week days or closed due to coronavirus?

Tasha Steinbeisser
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Hiking

I love the Christmas tree on top around Christmas time!

Geoff Keating
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Amy Beghtol
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Hiking

Loved this hike! Challenging yet very doable for all skill levels. I was sore for 2 days afterwards. Great view from the peak. Very heavily trafficked and parking was very difficult.

Brian Brenzel
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This was a great 6am hike. The sunrise at the top was amazing! It’s a nice workout and legs will get some good work in. Steep and fun!

Andrew Williams
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Great short hike to do while visiting town! Not too short, not too long, and just the right amount of gain. First half of the trail was like any other trail, while the upper half was fun with all the scrambling. Conditions were great. Nice and sunny and in the 70's. I brought 1.5 liters of water and only went through 1. I definitely recommend trail runners or boots, I was surprised with how many people were wearing trainers and slipping all over the place.

Cris Tietsort
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Hiking

Worth the view. We prefer the Cholla side to Echo. Feels less hectic and less scrambling. Plus, getting to the 2/3 point at the Heli Pad still gives an excellent view and you avoid much of the scrambling. Parking can be tricky on weekend.

Jeci Marciano
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Dad, Marie and Andy

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Stacie Warnsholz
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Hiking

Thank you and this was a great hike again today !! I went today also ! Hike was wash out a bit here and there from the recent rain ... but In excellent shape .. good grip shoes is a must ... perfect hiking temperature... love it!

Danica Cureton
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Trial is open again after the incident a few days ago. Just hiked it this afternoon! I went up Echo and came down Cholla. Definitely recommend water, snacks, good gripped shoes (I used Reebok CrossFit shoes and they worked great for me), and good cardio condition!

Stacie Warnsholz
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Does anyone know if camelback has reopened since the situation Saturday,? Apparently at 300 Lb boulder fell and pinned a man - the last I heard all trails were closed- any updates ?

Marissa Cook
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Trail was closed due to damage from rain

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