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Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon and Cholla Trail

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Camelback Mountain Park

Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon and Cholla Trail is a 4.8 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 walking and is best used from October until May.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 2,618 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Walking Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble No shade No dogs
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NOTE: As of July 2020, the Cholla Trail section of this hike may be closed due to maintenance. Please check here for updates and more information: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/camelback-mountain 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)

Tips: - The journey to the summit of Camelback can take longer than you might think, and we'd strongly recommend carrying water. - Some may find the Cholla trail to be difficult - proceed with care and always be prepared to turn back. - Parking is restricted at both trailheads - take heed of posted signs to avoid tickets and respect property owners.

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Nate Thorne
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Chris Chris Reile
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Renzo G-B
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Ty Maguire
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HikingGreat!No shade

Sunscreen, bars and LOTS of water are highly recommended. Very little shade. Pretty view of Phoenix! Definitely worth it! According to my Apple Watch the hike was a little over 3 miles.

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Aaron Whited
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Super busy not a fan of how many people were out hiking it, loved the challenge and views tho

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Shannon Gilmour
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This hike/climb was amazing! It was super difficult, especially at the end. Totally worth it though! That view is incredible! This was my first time doing anything like this, I took it slow and made it! Awesome experience! I started around 4am and had a lamp with me. By the time I was heading back down around 6 or so, the handrails were too hot to hold onto. If I have the chance to do this again, I would definitely bring gloves for the railings and the rock climb.

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Breea Fink
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Amazing!

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Kathryn Knight
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Lost battery power near end.

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Easton Webb
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Christopher Becker
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Emilio Camacho
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Was supposed to do the full out and back, but I did not have it in me this morn to go up and down 1 more time. Got off the trail twice on the way down Cholla, scary descent as it was new to me. Next time I’ll complete that Monster, watch.

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Jennifer Wong
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Arrived at the trailhead at 4:30am. Got the first parking spot near the trailhead. There were about 3 other cars in the lot. It was dark but we didn’t need a headlamp. It started getting light on the way up. You’ll feel like you’re hiking straight up the mountain for an hour. We got to the top right after sunrise. Hiked the Cholla trail down the mountain. Definitely recommend starting at Echo then to Cholla. It’s harder but the trail is more rewarding and fun. It took 1hr 40min to hike.

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Jennifer Wong
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Raquel Inacio
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love this hike. usually go up on Chola trail and come down Echo. Echo is much harder to go up. make sure you have plenty of water and wear appropriate shoes. gloves will also be super helpful. if you dont have climbing equipment and experience please stay away from the suicide rocks. the views are amazing! go early!

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Argelia Almaguer
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My Everest!!!

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Martin Ramos
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Hard very very hard! But BEAUTIFUL!!

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Donald Wolak
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nice hike. we took our time , stopped alot took breaks and lots of pictures. we finished in under 3hrs.

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Gina Batista
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very difficult hike. Very rocky.

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Brett Williamson
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MaryEllen Candra
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Less of a hike and more boulder hopping. Wear gloves to hoist yourself up. Fun time!!! Can be crowded.

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