Camelback MountainCurrently Open
- Address: Phoenix, Arizona, USA, United States
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 07:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Mountain, Observatory, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Adventure, Nature
Camelback Mountain - Review
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Camelback Mountain
77.25% of people who visit Phoenix include Camelback Mountain in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
37.86% of people start their Camelback Mountain visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 7 Hrs to see Camelback Mountain
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Camelback Mountain
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Camelback Mountain, Phoenix Reviews
I never hiked it.(Disabled). I have lived here for more than thirty years and could only see a hill. Then I moved here. It really IS the top part of a camel!!! I could see the head, hump, and butt! After all this time, I was excited like a tourist! Beautiful!
I was in town for a few days and based on the reviews Camelback mountain was on the list. I read about the strenuous hike and planned to start working out a few weeks before. Alas I got no further than planning. I’m 52, 6’ and 175 lbs but very out of shape. I followed the advice upon arriving in Scottsdale and arrive about 6 am with a lot of water. It was 85 degrees and overcast. Perfect. I found a parking spot by the entrance but the main lot was full. I had my 1.5 liters of water on my back and set out. Upon reaching the trail head I was already out of breathe. Not a good sign. I set out for the summit but already a few folks were running down the mountain past me. Yes running. Pride (or was it stupidity) pulled my out of shape body forward. Long story short - I made it to the top and view was spectacular. I had to stop multiple times along the way up, I was huffing and puffing and my legs were burning. It was stepping and climbing the whole way. I don’t like heights but it wasn’t it an issue. I talked to a few people on the way up that we’re resting and quite a few I didn’t see again. It appeared they gave up and headed back down early. In summary, a cardio killer on the way up and a knee jolter coming down (if you have knee issues not the hike for you). It is not an easy hike and there is a lot of climbing. I made it from my car back to the car in just over 2 hours. Can’t wait to do it again but hopefully smarter this time.
I was recently in Scottsdale to help teach fellow trial lawyers how to help victims of truck collisions. The day before the seminar, I had some time to see the sights and was pleased that the hotel recommended I hike Camelback Mountain. The views are spectacular and it's a great workout. I strongly encourage you to visit if you're in the area.
Camelback mountain is one of the best hikes in the valley if you're looking for a good workout. If you're looking for more of a challenge I would head up yhe echo canyon side. Great work out!
One of the toughest hiking trails in Arizona!!! I tried this with a colleague, only to find out soon how exhausted we were without proper fitness regime. We were shocked to find people returning sooner than expected, and in the end, even enquired with few parties who were returning if they reached the peak. They didn't make it but wished we do! Ultimately, we reached the top only to realize that 6 small bottles of water aren't sufficient. We descended the mount with no water. Sun was excruciating and left us with no choice but to walk. And walk, we did until we found a great guy distributing water bottles at the trail end! One caveat - Start early if you want to park your vehicles nearby and start the trail soon so that you are back before the scorching sun mercilessly punishes you for being late. Yes, we were punished that day. 😂🤣 Yet, we MADE IT our day!!! 😎