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Camelback Mountain, Phoenix

Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 1,500+ 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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  • We travel a lot, ticks off all we appreciate in hotel. Location, style, clean, and atmosphere are super. 
  • This hike was so much fun! On a recent girl's trip to AZ we decided to hike one day. Everyone kept saying how hard it was. All of us are pretty active and we were pleasantly surprised to find out how ...  read more »
  • If you are planning hiking the mountain...please be aware that it is pretty hard. This is really not a place to take stroll or sight seeing. If you are up for the careful. Bring water. A...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • As an active person that doesn't do anything competitive you can never be too sure about reviews. Some say the Echo Canyon trail is extremely difficult and some say its just a tough hike. Nobody said it was a walk in the park and they were right, but you still see people at the summit with sandals or jeans. The best way to explain the hike (Echo Canyon) is a lot of scrambling both uphill and downhill. There is plenty of shade in the morning time but bring water with a backpack if possible.
  • Wife and I went up echo and down cholla and did it by lunch!!! Challenging, but a heck of a fun time!!
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