Hike Up Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

    3 miles 1275 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    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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    🥇Top Contributor

    almost 4 years ago

    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.

    Family Hike

    Beautiful. Tough. Loved it


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    over 4 years ago

    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.

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