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Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail

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Echo Canyon Park

Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail is a 2.4 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.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,423 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

bird watching

running

partially paved

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 resembling a monk who is praying.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 hours ago

This is more like rock climbing vs. hiking. I recommend you have both hands free and bring gloves to scale the rocks. Come early before it gets too hot and bring lots of water. The beautiful views are worth the challenge.

hiking
off trail
12 hours ago

The view from the summit is amazing and worth the climb. We left from the Echo Canyon trailhead. The last 1/3 of the trail is difficult and quite steep. Bring lots of water and go early.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Trail shoes highly recommended. Cool and challenging hike. Good for a sunrise hike!

Pretty much a rock scramble the entire way up. Amazing 360 view of the city and not that hard overall!

Start right at sunrise to get coolest temperatures in the summer.

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Finally made it to the trail, and I was the second in the parking lot this time! Had to use headlamp at the beginning. Beautiful views and fun trail! Sunrise was amazing! My only complaint is that someone was blasting music on the way down, where there’s clearly a sign saying use headphone for music in respect to other hikers. We love to enjoy quiet nature thank you for your corporation!!!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

Awesome hike with spectacular views. Parking is restricted to a small overflow lot at the bottom of the hill. I got there at 6:30am and didn’t even start hiking until after 7:00am because I waited in a line for a parking space. If possible try to Uber to the location or get a friend to drop you off and just walk up to the trail. It will save you some time and get you out there earlier. I was also able to hike up while most of the trail was still shaded which made it really nice. Just make sure you get there early!

What a great hike! Fun and adventurous hike. Gotta use your hands a little to rock climb. A little tough but very fun! Parking was full so we parked somewhere and Ubered.

hiking
12 days ago

Awesome trail and views, all around . Hiked this solo with little foot traffic Sunday. Some rocks can be a little slippery and keep eyes open for rattlesnakes. They definitely let you know if you get too close . Overall , my favorite trail

hiking
13 days ago

Did this so long ago- loved to time it with sunrise. About a mile each way- perfect for a sprint and great view from the top! Recommend sunrise - if you watch the sunset from the top your descent will be too steep, dark and dangerous.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

AMAZING trail!!!! Really important: 1. DO NOT go off trail, it can be extremely dangerous! 2. Time your hike depending on the weather! 3. Bring water and snacks! It took me and my family like an hour to get up and then like 40 minutes to get down. I have gotten headaches on similar hikes, so be aware that when the sun is shining, your body can be affected. Happy Hiking! It’s so much fun!!!

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike. Gets a little crowded in some areas, but the views of the metro area are great. Keep an eye out for the bees!

hiking
15 days ago

I loved this trail! Right now there is limited parking due to COVID-19.

rock climbing
bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

Very, very difficult trail! The sun/heat is intense so be sure to bring plenty of water and some fruits and to use sun screen! A lot of intense inclines/climbing up rocks. The view is well worth it though! Took me about 3 hours to complete round trip as my first time. Glad I had hiking boots, my body is definitely sore the day after!!!!

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