Camelback Mountain, Phoenix

4.7
#1 of 19 in Nature in Phoenix & Central Arizona
Named for its peculiar shape, Camelback Mountain is one of the city's most popular and recognizable landmarks. Once a sacred site of the prehistoric Hohokam Indians, the mountain today features two hiking trails that ascend the 390 m (1,280 ft) peak: the Echo Canyon trail stretches 1.9 km (1.2 mi), and the Cholla trail covers the climb in 2.3 km (1.4 mi). Getting to the top will reward you with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, however both trails are steep and difficult. For a more relaxed visit, enjoy a picnic in one of the mountain's recreational areas, where you might spy lizards, snakes, and birds. Pay special attention while walking, as many rattlesnakes inhabit the area. Put Camelback Mountain and other Phoenix attractions into our Phoenix online trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Simply love it! Stunning views. Beautiful flora. Exceptional! One should be careful as many rocks on a trail and on some part of the trail it is rather easy stumble upon. Efficient supply of water is ...  more »
  • A beautiful place to visit in the desert to hike. The trail can be a challenge so wear appropriate shoes, carry enough water, and don't go in the heat of the day.  more »
  • I did this (Echo Canyon route) on a Sunday morning, so it might be less crowded during the week. I arrived at 6:30am and the huge parking lot was already full! However there are people coming and goin...  more »
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  • Amazing Views! This hike was by far one of my favorites. It was challenging, but extremely worth it. We started from the Cholla Trail. Be mindful it is steep in areas and requires rock climbing. Bring water and lots of energy! Enjoy.
  • Beautiful, but can be treacherous hiking/climbing experience. LOVED every single moment of it. So many beautiful views of Scottsdale. Went with my hubby, and 6 year old. Only recommend it with kids that are very good at listening and know that you can't just run around everywhere.
  • Phoenix is a beautiful place to Visit and if you’re Looking for a challenging hike, Camelback Mountains or for you. Not for the faint of heart, it’s bigger than you think it is so packed plenty of water to stay hydrated. Don’t forget your camera it’s a beautiful place to snap photos of the beautiful red rocks against the desert landscape.
  • Definitely not for the faint of heart. I’m just short of 67 and in pretty reasonable shape (and there were older than that there, also), but this climb was a definite challenge. Better have good wind and legs. Think about gloves, too. If I’d of had some I would have worn them but no biggie. An absolutely fantastic hike (read climb)!
  • We just did the Cholla trail. Wow. I am in terrible shape. No surprise there. Get there early. Trail opens at 630am. As we were coming back down around 8am. It was slammed. It was a Saturday but tons of folks. Please make time for this. Amazing trail. Amazing views. Great workout.
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