Camelback Mountain, Phoenix

4.7
#1 of 17 in Nature in 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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  • Bring water and hike in the morning if it’s going to be hot. It’s a medium difficulty hike with the last 20% the toughest. Great views allow 3-4 hours to complete with a half hour rest or chat at the ...  more »
  • This is a great gem of a hike in the city and only a mile from my house. Depending on how motivated you are, this trail can be hard, really hard or you can take it slow and you will be fine. The birds...  more »
  • It's a good thing I worked out before taking on this adventure. At the age of 60, I was proud to be able to keep up with my 30 year old daughter. If I had gone with my husband (age 61) he would have i...  more »
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  • I had spent a day dealing with a big jerk... so I thought I'd come here to relax and enjoy the 102 degree heat and other dangers of early Summer hiking. Little did I know I'd sit on a little prick. I do love it here though. I say go if you aren't sure... but then again, would you trust my opinion?
  • The Cholla Trail is a fun but strenuous climb. Plan on at least an hour each way to complete this hike and would recommend leaving early to beat the heat of the day. Parking was also an issue so plan extra time to park and walk from your parking location off the main road. Take caution of hikers going the other way and watch out for runners who seemed to expect you to move out of the way for them, I don’t agree with but sharing for those to be aware. The views are well worth it. Bring plenty of water. Enjoy the trails!
  • I went on a solo hike while visiting my grandparents for Christmas. This was a great hike! I did the Echo Canyon trail on the way up and met some cool people at the top and went down the Cholla trail with them. Everyone was so cool! I was also glad I got to do both trails. Would do this trail again in a heart beat!!
  • I loved the hike... or the hike/climb. We went from the east side across to the west. That is the better - easier direction. It is mostly hiking but some rock climbing is involved. We did it as a warm up for the Grand Canyon. It is a difficult hike but well worth the effort.
  • Beautiful sights. Challenging climb for beginners but doable and fun. Lots of water. At least 3-32oz. bottles.
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