Camelback Mountain Via Cholla Trail

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Camelback Mountain Via Cholla Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May.

2.6 miles
1148 feet
Out & Back



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


wild flowers




no dogs

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

20 hours ago

After marker 26 it gets hard and scary.made it on top- what a view ❤️

3 days ago

Shoes with decent traction make this a much more enjoyable experience. The hike from wherever you'll end up parking is probably longer than the hike to the top!

5 days ago

The bigger challenges are watching your footing and dealing with the crowds. Certainly not a casual tourist hike, but very doable. Wear shoes with good traction, and bring water.

6 days ago

Parked at Echo Canyon Trailhead. Trekked from one end to the other completing Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon and Cholla Trail 5 miles out and back. Camelback is crawling with tourists, friends and families. Be courteous of all fellow hikers. Always bring plenty of water!

10 days ago

It's too easy. I smoke J's and drink 40's all day up and down

11 days ago

Great hike! The view from the top is amazing. Definitely worth doing this if you're in the area. It was challenging at times and relaxing at others. The trail was crowded on a Friday afternoon, but I found parking. Bathrooms at the trailhead. Great experience.

13 days ago

Happy to say I made it to The Summit with my Son on 2-8-2018. Personal Goals ✔️ Amazing Experience! No washroom or Fees

14 days ago

Great hike! I’ve done it during the day on a weekend and during the week at sunset. Going at sunset was my best experience as it’s not as crowded and you are basically hiking in the shade. Once you get to more towards the top it feels more as if your just climbing it so take your time. It’s a good hike though and the view from the top is pretty cool!

Epic view at the top of a scramble from the helicopter pad. Not for those who fear a bit of exposure but so worth it at the end. Love that you can lose your way and have to hunt for trail markers and blue blazes.

16 days ago

Beautiful views and a great challenge . The only thin I would recommend is that after the saddle , they provide better and more frequent markers to get to the top.

20 days ago

Hard hike but totally worth it! I would recommend bringing gloves as the top 1/3 is pretty much rock climbing.

Great trail! Moderate up until the top 1/3 then defiantly more challenging! Everyone on the trail was really nice!

20 days ago

Such a memorable hike! Not for beginners (even though I pretty much am one) but I was able to complete it and enjoyed the scenic views! Great hike to do with a group of friends

21 days ago

Trail is in good condition. Heavily traveled. Lots of scrambling towards the top. Well worth the view.

22 days ago

Feels sketchy near the top, especially if you’re scared of heights. Great hike though.

24 days ago

Awesome hike and what a view!!

28 days ago

Very tough towards the end, but great hike glad we did it!

1 month ago

11-2-2017 First Official Hike with my Daughter And Son-In-Law! Hoping to get passed Marker 27 next time as I gain experience! The heights are intimidating....

1 month ago

This one is not to be missed!!!

1 month ago

Love this trail, always a good sunset and sunrise hike!!

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