Camelback Mountain, Phoenix

Mountain · Nature / Park
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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  • The hike itself was awesome. Challenging with significant vertical elevation change, but a feeling of accomplishment when completed. You do need to be in pretty good shape. We started at about...  more »
  • Parking lot is always full and you will end parked on the roundabout and delay to other confused drivers  more »
  • We did this hike on a beautiful 70 degree day and it was very challenging. Hardest hike we've ever done but it was so worth it. Take plenty of water. Crowded trail but not so much that it takes away....  more »
  • An excellent place to overlook the city during the sunset. Climbing in the daytime during the summer is highly not recommended. Bringing some water with you is always a good idea.
  • Amazing place to hike. I would recommend to go in the early morning or in the evening. It takes 1,5h up and then 1,5h down, but with many breaks and easy. In the end it is really steep.
  • Always is a good time hiking there I love Camelback Mountain 🤗😘🙏
  • 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)!

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