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Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail

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Echo Canyon Recreation Area

Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 1,414 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Bird watching Running Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble No shade No dogs
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Please note parking is currently limited at the trailhead. If the parking lot is full you can park at the JW Marriott for a few hours which is a half hour walk to the trail head. Camelback Mountain is one of the most popular hiking and rock climbing destinations in Phoenix, Arizona and offers spectacular views of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The mountain is located in the Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area northwest of Scottsdale and between the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix and the town of Paradise Valley. The mountain was previously a Native American reservation and has special historical significance. The summit can be reached via two hiking trails: the Echo Canyon Trail or the Cholla Trail - both trails are strenuous and subject to extreme heat. Make sure to bring plenty of water as numerous people have died of heat stroke. The last half mile of the trail involves a rock scramble so proper footwear is key. Traffic is extremely heavy during the winter season on the Echo Canyon route so consider the Cholla Trail or other hiking trails in the Phoenix area. Visiting climbers might also be interested in The Praying Monk, a 100 foot rock formation resembling a monk who is praying.

Parking is extremely limited. To take the Cholla trail, you will get there off E Cholla Lane, the crossroad for which is N Invergordon Rd. There's no parking up Cholla Lane, and it's quite limited on Invergordon. Be prepared to add .35mi or so to your hike to get to the trailhead. It's just an easy stroll along the road in a decent neighborhood, though. To take the more challenging Echo Canyon trail, you will take N Echo Canyon Parkway south just east of the Tatum & McDonald intersection. There is a lot off of a roundabout. If it isn't full, you can drive right in and park. If full, they will have it blocked out and only let cars in once some leave, so come early!

Readily accessible from anywhere in the Phoenix area. Trailhead parking is limited and fills up quickly.

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Alftan Dyson
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Difficult trail. The last bit was definitely rock climbing and challenging. Amazing view at the top and rewarding feeling to reach the top. The trek down was quite steep and somewhat dangerous with the slippery rocks.

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Liam Neill
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Pretty view at the top, but too many people and dangerous because of the slippery rocks.

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Leah Spencer
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Chris Judson
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Think of it as a marathon: you’ll settle into a pace and the last half (6 miles) are the hardest and the last .2 take grit. Super rewarding climb when you are on top. The rest is downhill.

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Amanda Zender
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Lindsey Smith
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Hard and awesome but too crowded.

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Daniel Villegas
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Zain Ali
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A hard hike at the end because you basically have to mountain climb but definitely worth it. Don’t try to come with a water bottle, you need to be handsfree (use a camelbak). Would definitely do again

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Mark Spoonamore
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Harder than I remember lol

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Lindsay Smith
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Parking lot was already full when I arrived 15 minutes before sunrise and the nearest alternative would have added over an hour of walking time I didn’t have. Just posting bc I couldn’t find anything online about how early was early enough to park and I wanted that to be a heads up to others.

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Danielle Koenig
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Fun! A little crowded and hard to manage the scrambling with so many others.

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Charles Black
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Second time up, had a great time. On the way down about 100 ft below the summit I ended up yeeting myself head over heels in front of a bachelorette party and a whole mess of others. I'm not sure how far I fell, but according to my buddy it was long enough for him to say, "Oh sh*t CJ" and I was still falling. Knocked into a woman on the way down who I'm very glad is completely fine, and super thankful and grateful to everyone who rushed on over to extract me from the upside-down-wedged-in-a-rock position I was in. Somehow I'm completely fine as well. I think my camera broke my fall, which again, somehow, is completely fine. Super happy that my slip up didn't injure anyone else or myself, and now have the good fortune to have a decent story. 10/10 would hike again.

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Gerard Tapia
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Phillip Alcorn
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Very difficult and strenuous

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Jameson Bottle
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Good hiking shoes needed & plenty of water

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Gary Fromm
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Ricky Vina
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My 4th time up this mountain. The parking situation still sucks. Carpool if you can. This hike is tough. Bring good shoes and plenty of water. People die on this mountain from fatigue and dehydration. It should be renamed Natural Selection Monument because people show up without neither.

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Taylor Gunder
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Definitely hard, harder with baby but so fun!

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Danielle Ortega
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So FUN Camelback sunrise Hiking crew is absolutely beautiful today black and Orange !!! Got up to the top by sunrise!!

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Colleen Warrick
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Lots of rock scrambling. Challenging hike especially in the heat.

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Renata Araujo
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Amazing hike!!! You have to climb most of the time.

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Ryan Hamic
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cholla side still closed for maintenance.

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Kevin Johnson
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Crowded; well maintained, bring a pair of hiking shoes / boots.

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DJ DeFlorio
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John Viviano
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My favorite hike

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