Hike Up Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

3 Miles Round Trip - 1275 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

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Take this slightly longer hike up Camelback Mountain for scenic views of Phoenix. For the shorter and arguably easier hike up, check out the Echo Canyon Route.

This challenging hike up the east side of Camelback Mountain has beautiful views of Phoenix and Scottsdale, and is not often crowded.

You will begin on switchbacks heading up the mountain, with trail markers to guide you at first. The hike increases in difficulty about 1 mile in, when you reach the saddle, and you will have to do some scrambling during the last stretch to the top.

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Hiking
Scenic

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3 Miles
1275 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Apache Junction, Arizona

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Tonto Basin, Arizona

Cholla Campground

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It Was Hot!!!

I did the easier side of the mountain and started at 6am. By the time we made to summit it was already 97 degrees. There are sections of rope climb and a few bottlenecks that may slow you down but you do not need any technical experience to make it to the top. This is just a hop from the city and well worth the effort.

Good hike in the Middle of the city.

Right in the middle of Phoenix, this very popular trail is always crowded, but definitely a good little workout- The Echo trail is like a mile long stair master, so if you want a good quad workout do that side of Camelback instead.

Beautiful Hike In The City

The mountain is easily spotted throughout the city, and it offers an amazing perspective from the top. However, prepare for massive crowds on weekends that can make it difficult to park. There is no designated parking lot so anyone looking to hike will need to park on the street.

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