Hike Up Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

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

Cholla Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Kevin Kaminski

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

Mesa / Apache Junction KOA

Cave Creek, Arizona

Cave Creek Group Site

Roosevelt, Arizona

Burnt Corral Campground

Tonto Basin, Arizona

Cholla Campground

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Family Hike

Beautiful. Tough. Loved it

Great morning hike

An excellent workout if you're looking to get a little hiking in your day. Keep your eye out for snakes and cacti, don't hike next to the ledges, and avoid during the summer. There have already been multiple heat related deaths in June of this year and it's just the start of summer. There have also been a few fall related deaths, so don't think just because it isn't a huge mountain and the trail is well-maintained that it can't be dangerous.

Great Workout!

It's always a great workout to hike up Camelback. Lots of climbing up and above rocks throughout the whole trail. Definitely a full body workout. Be careful for rattlesnakes during snake season.

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