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Camelback Mountain | Phoenix, Arizona | Mountain Matron

Posted on February 20, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Camelback Mountain | Phoenix, Arizona | USA

Camelback Mountain of Phoenix, Arizona taunts hikers on a global scale. Operated by the City of Phoenix, parking is free, and the location is unbeatable. A summit celebration sitting at 2704ft, the tallest peak of the city, entitles visitors to an unforgettable 360° view.

2 Summit Trails:

Echo Canyon: The steepest, of the two trails that reach the summit of Camelback Mountain. No Dogs Allowed. 1.2mile one-way with an elevation gain of 1200ft. Some areas of the trail containing slick rock making footing very difficult and caution should be exercised to prevent serious injury.

Cholla Trail: The slightly longer of the two trails that reach the summit of Camelback Mountain, yet generously less rugged until you reach the last .25 miles of scrambling over boulders. Dogs Allowed and must be leashed. 1200ft. elevation gain to the summit.

BOTH TRAILS: Are highly exposed to the heat and offer zero shade. Do NOT allow the low mileage to catch you off guard this is a tough and steep climb for even the most avid hiker. Brings lots of water, sunscreen and stay on trail. Remember this is the desert, and you have the possibility of spotting a rattlesnake or Gila monster.

This is the hike to do if you’re ready to see the best view Phoenix has to offer. Centrally located and surrounded by award-winning food, dining and shopping for visitors of diverse likes.


Echo Canyon- 4925 E. McDonald Dr.

Google Maps

Cholla Trail- 6131 E. Cholla Lane 

(parking is located south of Cholla Lane on Invergordon)

Google Maps

Parking for both trailheads fill fast: start early, consider cycling to trailhead, be considerate to residential area on Cholla Lane, and follow all city ordinances or you will be ticketed.

The City of Phoenix website shares more local mountains offering beautiful views. Visit their website for more information on Camelback Mountain and its surrounding summits at

Ranger Office: (602) 261-8318

Note from a local: Stop by Matt’s Breakfast to refuel. This spot is an early morning local favorite and the fresh-made food makes the wait worthwhile. 


Categories: Hiking

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