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Camelback Mountain, Phoenix

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Phoenix attractions like Camelback Mountain can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I've trained here several times. It's a great but tough climb and you need to use a hand railing at times. I'm in good shape but the hand railing could be tough for some. Take plenty of water as they ...  more »
  • Excellent hike to top of Camelback Mtn from its backside. Initial climb uses rails that are not exposed to the sun. Must stay on trail and not wander, as every year people who do wander off trail need...  more »
  • This hike is very steep and rocky, but worth it. The path is laid out well and there are bars/stairs to make the hike easier. My elementary age kids made it about 3/4 of the way up . We went early in ...  more »