Hike Camelback Mountain
If you mention hiking in Phoenix, chances are people recommend a hike up Camelback Mountain. It is one of the most prominent features in the Phoenix skyline. The Camelback mountains resembles the two humps and head of a camel. Camelback was designated as a city park in 1968 and remains a Phoenix point of pride.
Thousands of locals and tourists head to Camelback to reach the summit of 2,704 feet.
To reach the top you have two options
- Echo Canyon Summit Trail
- Cholla Trail
Both hikes are strenuous climbs. It is not a beginner hike, you will gain over 1,200 feet in elevation and climb over a mile both ways.
The Cholla trail and the Echo Canyon Summit trail offer beautiful views of the city with steep rocky sections and drop offs. If you reach the summit you will be rewarded with stunning sandstone and unparalleled views of the city!
Other hiking Trails
Bobby’s Rock Trail and the Ramada Loop Trail are less physically demanding hikes in Camelback park and offer beautiful views as well.
Parking is very limited and Camelback Mountain is extremely popular. Because of this expect to wait for parking on the weekend.
There are two parking areas:
- Parking is off of McDonald drive which will give access to the summit trail as well as Bobby's Rock Trail.
- Parking is off of Ingerverdon which gives access to Cholla trail
Location: The Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area is between the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix and Paradise Valley. Enter at Echo Canyon Parkway just east of Tatum Boulevard off of McDonald Drive