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.

Great Hike ! Be ready to sweat and climb up some
Rocks. Well worth the effort

2 days ago

Definitely worth it! Beware though that it is a 4X4 climb to the top.

3 days ago

Camelback kick my butt but it was so worth it!

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome trail! Difficult but rewarding 100%! Excellent vistas awarded at the top!

hiking
4 days ago

favorite trail in phoenix area

6 days ago

It is a bear! The rocks challenge your lungs and stamina going up, and punish your feet, toes, ankles and knees coming down. Great experience, but not for the faint of heart.

6 days ago

tons of people hike this but it's a great trail to get in some boulder hoping and get that cardio going. the views of Phoenix are great and worth the effort

rock climbing
7 days ago

This was a fun trail. Be ware it is more a rock climbing or rock hiking than a regular hike.
Bring comfortable hiking shoes (be sure that the shoes are for hiking). The views are great!

hiking
7 days ago

Love this hike, great workout!!

8 days ago

Yet another weekend

hiking
8 days ago

Great view at the top and along the way. Lots of people on the trail. Took me about 2 hours to complete.

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing hike! Very difficult, but well worth the climb.

hiking
10 days ago

Great views. Moderate traffic. Difficult in some areas

hiking
10 days ago

Incredible hike, but one that should only be done with caution!

10 days ago

Hard hike. Lots of rock climbing but the view at top is worth the climb!

hiking
11 days ago

I love Echo Canyon! Always a great hike.

Probably one of the hardest hikes I’ve ever done, but the view was well worth it!

hiking
13 days ago

A tough trail with a lot of people that made it more difficult. Some people thought it was a race to the top and back down. This trail is not for people that are out of shape or scared of heights but I liked it a lot and would do it again.

hiking
13 days ago

Not a long trail but tough.

hiking
13 days ago

Great workout! Get there early. Parking fills up. Go up Echo, then down Cholla and back. It's tough, but rewarding.

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