Camelback Mountain Via Echo Canyon Trail

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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 only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1417 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

no dogs

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 depicting a monk who is praying.

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2 days ago

Be ready to work. I’ve done it twice, definitely one of my favorites. It’s a rough climb/hike to the top, but the view is amazing! Temp drops in the canyon a bit, but it’s comfortable.

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Good stuff

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Very rigorous but the view is worth it! One of the best hikes I’ve ever done

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4 days ago

santa was at the top giving out candy canes

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Beautiful view at the top. I would rate the Cholla Trail as moderate until you get to the saddle and then it gets a little bit more difficult. Definitely worth going all the way if you have the shoes for it.

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