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Camelback Mountain, Phoenix

(4.6/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • I am not sure that I would define the journey to the highest summit of Camelback Mountain as a hike. In my opinion, hikes usually involve more walking on a trail. The only walking is at the beginning ...  more »
  • My family and I stopped by to get some scenic pics. It was great that parking was free and despite there being limited parking, it was worth the 10 minutes it took my dad to park to visit. Recommend d...  more »
  • If you're looking for a nice peaceful hike - do not go to Camelback. It is always crowded and you have to park a long way back. The park ranger is a mean old hag that is about as friendly as a rattles...  more »
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  • Great hike, but do NOT use this map location to try and begin your hike up Camelback Mountain. If you put this location into Google Maps it will NOT take you to either of the two trailheads, but leave you wandering surface streets on the south side of the mountain, where there is no trail access. Use "Cholla Trailhead, Camelback Mountain" or "Echo Canyon Recreation Area" locations to get directions to either trailhead.
  • Steep climb second half going up. Smart climbers had lightweight gloves for pulling up and steadying. 1 liter of water per hiker recommended by park rangers. Going slow and occasional resting gets most to the top and down without scrapes. Beautiful views of Phoenix area at the top.
  • The "go to" hike in the Valley. Just be smart people; bring plenty of water, and do NOT hike when its 105 plus.
  • We love hiking the East side of Camelback mountain. Great trail. Beautiful views and good exercise. Be prepared for the fact that the last 15-20% of the trail is very steep and involves some crawling and/or butt sliding.
  • Bring water!!! A must if you want to have a short extreme climb Amazing to the Poeple running up and down But definitely no park walk!