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

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Tonto Basin, Arizona

Cholla Campground

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Nice Views

Nice views of the PHX area. Pretty crowded. Can get tough in some spots. Worth the effort though.

Challenging

So when I first tackled Camelback I did Echo Canyon. It was really hard. Somebody told me Cholla was easier. So I did Cholla. It was not easier in the least. It was challenging in a different way, but just as challenging as Echo Canyon. Don't be fooled. Take plenty of water. Hike before the full heat of the day. Wear good shoes. Hang on to those sheer rock faces. Have fun. Be safe.

It's pretty tough hike, it can get pretty crowded

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