Camelback Mountain, Phoenix

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  • Address: Phoenix, Arizona, USA, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 07:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Mountain, Observatory, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Adventure, Nature
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About Camelback Mountain, Phoenix

This is a beautiful mountain that forms a very important landmark of the Metropolitan Phoenix. The name is derived from the fact that from a distance the shape of the mountain represents the hump of a kneeling camel. It is also the destination of the very famous Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area. The mountain is located between the Arcadia neighborhood of the city and the Paradise Valley town.

The park on this mountain comprises of:

  • 2 hiking trails, namely the Echo Canyon Trail and the Cholla Trail. The trails are adventurous and challenging both given the dirt paths, rough terrains and the presence of boulders. Both the trails start from the foot of the mountain and merge in the peak of the mountain.
  • The Praying Monk is a red sandstone formation which is used for hiking. It is named in such a way as the shape of it looks like a man kneeling to pray.
  • The Winter Skiing resort is another attraction that you can look for in here.

This place was once known to be considered sacred by the Hohokam Culture that later abandoned this place in the 14th century. Many years later also at the time of establishing the recreation area the traces of many caves were found here.

Camelback Mountain Information

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as it involves a lot of walking and climbing here.
  • Carry water and light snacks along with you.
  • Apply sunscreen and wear hats and sunglasses.

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Camelback Mountain, Phoenix Reviews

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  • 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.

  • We hiked the Cholla trail to the peak, on a Friday morning. I recommend that you get there early as the trail has parts that start to bottleneck near the top. We made sure to bring a large water bottle each with some snacks to have along the way. There are plenty of different lookout points along the way should your physical fitness not allow you to climb the more technical spots where you have to use your hands to help hoist you up. Keep in mind that from the Cholla trail side does not have any water or washrooms. Highly recommend it, we took our time and went up and down in about 2.5 hours

  • Beautiful place to hike, definitely hike all the way to the summit. Two different entrances, we made the mistake of coming up one side of the mountain and back down on the other. Definitely worth it though!

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