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Camelback Mountain

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Located near the heart of Scottsdale, the Camelback Mountain watches over Phoenix, Arizona's sweeping semi-arid plains from a spectacular elevation of nearly 1,... more
Located near the heart of Scottsdale, the Camelback Mountain watches over Phoenix, Arizona's sweeping semi-arid plains from a spectacular elevation of nearly 1,400 feet (426.72 meters). The mountain gets its name from the resemblance it bears to the unmistakable shape of a camel's hump. The north trailhead offers views of red cliffs rising 200 feet (61 meters) in some areas, beckoning rock climbers with its challenges. Antelope squirrels, lizards, and snakes are the landscape's most widely-spread inhabitants. The Praying Monk red sandstone formation is arguably the site's most noticeable sight.?... less
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  • benl
    7/14/2019
    I passed this park entrance several times while on business. One day with time to spare I popped in and started this hike to the first overlook. That's fine in a suit. More than that required a retu... moreI passed this park entrance several times while on business. One day with time to spare I popped in and started this hike to the first overlook. That's fine in a suit. More than that required a return trip in proper clothes and a lot of water. The summit was worth the treck but this was tough. There are some steep parts requiring a little crawling as you ascend and some sliding on your butt when coming down. There are a significant number of places with handle rails for help. Really easy to get to if you are in Phoenix/Scottsdale. Worth the full day or even an hour to the first overlook.... less
  • nativeNO
    7/11/2019
    Passed it by several times when going to other attractions. Finally had a stop. Spare, HOT and beautiful. Would be a good hiking area in a cooler time.
  • SuperCub_PIC
    7/8/2019
    Lots of hikers are always in this area. I'd rather go to south mountain and hike there for better views and less crowds. Just feels like a big stair climber where at the end, you see a bunch of hous... moreLots of hikers are always in this area. I'd rather go to south mountain and hike there for better views and less crowds. Just feels like a big stair climber where at the end, you see a bunch of houses.... less
  • Caity R
    7/7/2019
    Love this hike. We do the Cholla trail. It's a great incline, close to 2 miles to the top. The 2nd half is much more like some light rock climbing than hiking a trail though, so be prepared to scrabbl... moreLove this hike. We do the Cholla trail. It's a great incline, close to 2 miles to the top. The 2nd half is much more like some light rock climbing than hiking a trail though, so be prepared to scrabble a bit. Great challenging hike on the way up, beautiful views of the city in all directions. The way back down takes less time :) but going back down over those rocks requires either great balance and shoe traction or going butt down in some spots! I would not recommend this hike for a first-time hiker, nor someone who hasn't been keeping up on their workouts. I know everyone says it, but bring WATER, people! I see way too many people who are clearly not only not ready for this hike, but also come without any hydration. This is the desert, respect it. Last tip - the earlier the better. It's highly trafficked, even in the summer. If you can get there before 5:30 am you'll have a better shot at parking. It's extremely limited, but eases up during the summer heat a bit.... less
  • TravelwithHeather
    7/3/2019
    This is CHALLENGING! I am in good shape and enjoy hiking and it still took me about an hour and 15 to get to the top using the Echo Canyon trail. Tips: 1. Go for sunrise! I got there around 4:30 and t... moreThis is CHALLENGING! I am in good shape and enjoy hiking and it still took me about an hour and 15 to get to the top using the Echo Canyon trail. Tips: 1. Go for sunrise! I got there around 4:30 and the gates were already open. A lot of what I read said the gates didn’t open UNTIL sunrise, but they ARE open before! It’s such a beautiful view at the top! 2. Do not hike this in the afternoon if you are not adjusted to the heat (in May-Oct). It is a very difficult hike and to do it in the direct sun would be hard! 3. LOTS of water! 4. On your way down...when you get to the bars, go backwards, almost like you are balaying in climbing, it’s easier on your joints and way faster! 5. There are bathrooms and water at the base of the Echo Canyon trailhead. 6. Use Echo Canyon if you are driving, Cholla has NO PARKING...you can Uber to the base though. Overall, a MUST DO hike, the views at the top are beautiful and you get to see the whole Phoenix area. Enjoy!... less