Explore the most popular no dogs trails near Phoenix with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Steep, rocky, and narrow in parts. Definitely a difficult trail but doable. the views from the top are worth it. Go early to beat the crowds - a highly trafficked trail.

Great work out. Amazing environment! Friendly fellow hikers!

It may be perfect for kids but I was there at 545am and it looked like a shopping mall. Phoenix has lots of other locations unless you have kids go there.

Good workout. Nice views of the city.

Pretty easy to be honest if you've hiked Camelback. Stairs pretty much the whole time besides the beginning, steep in most areas. Good hike, very pretty at top. Up and down in 1.5 hours.

Great hike for leg day!!! It’s pretty crowded so get there early if you want a good spot close to the trail!

Fun trail, great views, gets hot fast, go early.

Good hike a little hot, get out early and get er done!!! I think it would be great to trail run this trail.

Challenging hike with beautiful views.

What a beautiful, challenging trail overlooking Phoenix and the surrounding mountains. The fellow hikers were some of the friendliest I’ve encountered.

This is a great hike if your just looking for leg day which is cool but it’s a little short and overly designed for my taste. Very intense incline and worth while view at the top

Beautiful hike. Great trail for a steady incline run.

great hike, go early and bring water

Great trail. Great challenge.

I really love this trail. Echo canyon is even more fun on the other side of Camelback Mountain.

Perfect morning hike. I always get a good breeze at the top, no matter the time of day or month. I love it.
Stay along trail, anything else is unsafe. Plenty of water if starting late, you exhaust easily because it's so steep.

Great views and a lot of bouldering! This made for some good exercise and a great father-daughter outing on Father’s Day. The trail is really well marked, even in places where a marker couldn’t be placed there was blue paint or reflectors directing you.

The reason I did not like this trail was because there were so many people (even in the heat of summer on a holiday, people who are native to Scottsdale use the trails for exercise). Yes, they’re respectful of the trail and are friendly, but I prefer trails with less activity. My personal opinion.

If you choose to do this trail in April-October go in the early morning or late evening. Be sure that you have great close-toed hiking shoes; going uphill is easy, but going downhill made me cringe. Steep ascent/descent. Also, be careful of bees near the top. If you’re allergic, I don’t suggest hiking all the way to the top. I got stung for the first time in my life and there were dozens of them. Finally, be sure to bring more water than you think you’ll need. We arrived as a bunch of ambulances and firetrucks did because a person had to be carried off of the mountain; he had heatstroke.

Very pretty hike, but should be rated hard. About half of it is steep switchbacks.

Great views of the city, and challenging vertical hike

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty good view from either the first false peak before the scrambling begins or from the top if you decide to make the climb. The difficulty of this hike really should be adjusted especially due to the length the out and back aspect makes it quite easy and a huge amount of the scramble path is well marked by blue dots. In fact if you have good core strength it is entirely possible to do it hands free. For anyone who was curious like I was beforehand, this is only a class 2 hike.

Not a bad little hike for being in the middle of the city. Trail wasn't too crowded, only took 36 m in n to summit took my time coming down. Deffinently go early and beat the heat and bring water. I would not say this is a very hard hike, though the last little bit is a little technical.

I do the majority of my hiking on South Mountain and frankly its hard to find a trail that challenges you like this one does. Cholla Trail is a short sweet challenge that combines hiking, single track, climbing and great views over heights. From Parking it's about 3/4 mile to the trail head and makes for a good warm up. I went Memorial day afternoon and the traffic was light.

I did Flat Iron a few days before and that made this hike more difficult than I thought but it's a good change of pace from South Mountain. I think this trail is comparable to Echo in that it gets steep in places on the upper half to where you're climbing and scrambling.

Rocked the Brooks on this one and did just fine. Only brought one 16 oz water as it wasn't so hot in the late PM - probably a second bottle would have been wise.

Great trail. Fairly moderate until you reach a few hundred feet of the summit and then some use of the hands is required. Overall not a terribly difficult hike (if you are an active hiker and in adequate shape). Heard from others that Echo is a steeper trail.

The trail was a great workout...especially in the 100 degree weather...bring enough water, in summer months you are better off going earlier in the morning when it's cooler. Whole hike took us about 1 hour 30 minutes going at a decent pace. Ended up hiking in early afternoon and heading down the mountain we were the only ones on the trail. This was definitely because of rising temperatures but Cholla also sees less foot traffic than Echo from what I've been told and from what we saw today. Unreal 360 degree views of Phoenix and the surrounding valley from the summit.

Great trail. Love the views from the top. See if you can find the helicopter landing area off of the switchback portion of the trail.

If you’re new to the Valley and want to get to the top of Camelback - this would be the easier trl to use. Do this first. Then next time do Echo. It is a lot harder.

I think this is a much more enjoyable hike than Camelback. Still a beast but terrain is more consistent.

Started at 6:30 and took 48oz of water. It wasn’t enough. I could have used 64. That said the climb is tough but worth it at the top. I was slowest guy on the trail I think. I saw one guy who was running it and did it twice at least. It is very busy. You are never out of sight of people. I met an 83 year old who has been doing it for 43 years.

Great workout for a hike! It basically stairs all the way to the top. An incline and elevation gain of a little over 1,000ft! Beautiful views of the valley day and night. It’s a favorite spot!

trail running
1 month ago

Well marked, some loose surface and sharp rocks. Good for experienced trail runners. Great views, easy to get to from Scottsdale. I went clockwise, I think best direction for early morning shade and allows for a faster finish pace back through the valley to the car parks. Get the steep, busy summit section done first. Lots of people park close to the start of the summit tail. You can park further up and jog down to the start. Going back to do again on my next visit and will include the summit trail to add some more distance.

This was an amazing hike but quite difficult near the top where the trail disappears where the boulders and rocks take over. Was glad there were others around to watch where the choose to go to get over the boulders. But, once you reach the top, wow! Coming down was much easier.

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