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A tremendous hike! Great views, excellent challenges, moderately/heavily trafficked throughout the park. I recommend an early arrival to ensure cool weather. The first mile on the trail is straight up switchbacks, be patient and push through, the top is well worth it..
I recommend a Camelpack with at least 2L of water and a light snack, I use Cliff Bars.
Plan to spend 2 to 3 hours hiking this trail all the way to Tom's Thumb.
This is fun, but difficult hike! It is 2.5 miles roundtrip and took us 2 hours 45 minutes including 2 breaks. I would only recommend this route for those in good physical shape and confidence on steep terrain. For those not meeting that criteria, I recommend the Cholla route which follows the "tail" of the Camel.
Prepare for a sustained, steep rock scramble (using hands and feet). There is a section of steep slick rock on the "neck" of the Camel where you must pull yourself using a steel railing. Good footwear is a must for the whole route.
We did this hike in the morning (8am) to avoid the heat and to ensure parking in the Echo lot. 2 liters of water and a light snack was more than enough to fuel me for the hike.