Camelback Mountain, Phoenix

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Address: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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Time Required: 07:00 Hrs

Timings: 24-hrs Details

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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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  • I'm more into the mountains but this is great early in the morning being so close to home. Bring 3 times the water you think you'll need and be careful! Someone is always having to be rescued from the trails.

  • This is a fun climb. Can be difficult to get it to the top. I'd call it advanced. Great views, bathrooms and water fountains at the trail head. Beautiful views.

  • View of Camelback Mountain from our hotel room was captivating. A welcome change of scenery. Scottsdale was full of life couple with pockets of quiet if you wanted that. Took a piece of it home to Canada with me in my heart.

  • This is a very popular mountain to hike in the Valley. When I go hiking in the Desert, I generally enjoy the serenity and peace that comes with the blue skies and cactus littered landscape. The Camelback hike is a little too hyped and too popular and generally quite busy. The view isn't much better than most hikes in the Valley anyway.

  • I've hiked Echo Canyon Trail (off of E. McDonald Rd) twice so far, and found it to be very good exercise, for a trail hike. Phoenix Parks and Rec lists it as Extremely Difficult. While I think of that as a slight exaggeration, for trail hikers that would be true, though you won't find yourself scaling any cliffs. As tempting as that would be, Parks and Rec forbids hiking off-trails, due partly to the occasional heat related deaths and the many mountaintop airlift rescues that have taken place on this mountain, and due partly to the environmental damage caused by legions of hikers not sticking to the trails. The parking lot at Echo Canyon is very nice, with restrooms and all those trailhead amenities. If you go during peak hiking hours, however, you will probably find the parking lot full, and will have to head over to Cholla Trail (off Cholla Ln) or do what I usually do, leave town for your hike and forget about established trails in mountain parks.

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