Camelback Mountain
Camelback Mountain
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  • Kevin
    Mountain View, California89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very challenging, but has some great views of Phoenix at the top.
    If you hike Camelback Mountain, go in the early morning (like around sunrise) if you can to avoid the heat. I started at the Echo Canyon Trailhead and unfortunately got a later start than I wanted to...if I came at sunrise I would've avoided the heat and would've gotten shade from the mountain. You will be bouldering for a lot of this hike, and sometimes it can be hard to distinguish where the path is. Be ready to use your hands climbing up and down, as you will need them. It is definitely not an easy hike, but the views are outstanding. It took me about 1 hour 20 min to climb up, and about the same time to climb down (I had to go more slow climbing down as my knees were still sore from a previous strenuous hike at the Grand Canyon from several days before). Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat/sunglasses, along with snacks.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Nikko Gandia
    Monterey, California486 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon trail
    Hiked via Echo Canyon trail on 5/5 & other trails during a Phoenix/Sedona trip & posted a trail guide video! Search [Nikko Gandia Camelback Mountain Trail Guide]. Blog post version is linked the video's description! Parking fills up fast, snagged a spot by starting later in the day. Facilities available at trailhead-water, restrooms, shade canopy, & benches. Bring enough water for the heat & inclines! Steep inclines/technical scrambles at the midway point for about a 10th of a mile & during the last quarter of a mile of the summit. 360 views are awesome.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written December 3, 2023
  • Afshin F
    Woodbury, Minnesota2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once in Lifetime Experience
    Definitely challenging and rewarding! It was very useful to have read the reviews before heading out as the parking was definitely a challenge (Lyft worked well, as I went up on Echo trail and came down on Cholla. 2.5 hr round trip)
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written January 12, 2024
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Scott E
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Parking is a challenge. I had a friend drop me off on the Cholla side and pick me up on the Echo side later. I would definitely start on the Cholla side as it is a little less challenging than going up Echo but still very challenging with steep climbs and rock climbing in parts. I would recommend doing both sides with either friends or using Uber to get and from. You don’t want to have to park 3/4 mile away from the entrance and use your energy. The 360 views on top are spectacular!! Well worth the adventure. Getting down is slow and methodical (at least for me). Great hike but go early as it gets crowded the later you go.
Written March 1, 2024
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Andres A Alba Lovaton
Miami, FL38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Worst service ever, food terrible, no place to sit, no information boards, call center is a mess. They actually don’t care about anybody, had reservations none work, excuses and excuses for poor guest service. You can’t even sit down and get a decent drink.
Written February 29, 2024
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Chirag
Columbus, OH2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Absolutely amazing hike. Various different elevation. Some sections are difficult to hike. Recommended for those who have some experience in hiking. Wear comfortable clothes and take bottle water
Written February 10, 2024
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Afshin F
Woodbury, MN2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Definitely challenging and rewarding! It was very useful to have read the reviews before heading out as the parking was definitely a challenge (Lyft worked well, as I went up on Echo trail and came down on Cholla. 2.5 hr round trip)
Written January 12, 2024
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KPV8
Saint Paul, MN39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I was very skeptical for two reasons: I am significantly afraid of heights and have never rock climbed. We read reviews to see if it was manageable for people who are physically active and in good health. We kept seeing reviews write about “rock shuffling.” We tried to YouTube what that meant and Google it. Two of us were skeptical and a little frightened after seeing, “double black diamonds” and some people say it’s very advanced.
Well, we did it and loved it.

In my opinion, rock shuffling is being able to navigate where to step next on large boulders almost the entire time. Tons of steps and if you can do a box step while exercising, that’s the highest step I encountered on the trail.

On the way down, your arms and shoulders get some work holding the handrails to navigate where to step.

The only thing that scared me the entire time related to heights was at the very top - but only on one side of the summit. It’s big enough that you don’t have to go near it. There are no hard/fast drop offs or ledges on one side and the views are amazing. Everything is a gradual slope. Don’t get me wrong, if you fell you could seriously get hurt or die. I’m just talking about the fear of a drop off.

Someone recommended we bring 4 bottles of water each. You’ll need BOTH of your hands to do this. We had a cheap adidas string backpack to put keys and water in.

Saw a couple folks carrying a Nalgene bottle or plastic water bottle without having use of both hands, bad idea.

Also saw at least five people in sandals. This is not a Teva hike. Need decent tennis shoes. This trail is busy with people passing on way up and way down frequently on a weekend. It was cool and 50’s when we went. If the weather was in the 80’s or above this review may be different. No critters come out in the colder weather so it was not a worry.

I think it took us about three hours, but we were focused on seeing views and just enjoying it.

A mom carrying an 11-month-old in a carrier did it, a man in his seventies does it TWICE a day. Several people run it…..

I hope this helps make your decision. I’ll add some photos.

Hope you enjoy it! The way down take 1/3 of the time!! Happy hiking!!
Written December 10, 2023
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Nikko Gandia
Monterey, CA486 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Hiked via Echo Canyon trail on 5/5 & other trails during a Phoenix/Sedona trip & posted a trail guide video! Search [Nikko Gandia Camelback Mountain Trail Guide]. Blog post version is linked the video's description! Parking fills up fast, snagged a spot by starting later in the day. Facilities available at trailhead-water, restrooms, shade canopy, & benches. Bring enough water for the heat & inclines! Steep inclines/technical scrambles at the midway point for about a 10th of a mile & during the last quarter of a mile of the summit. 360 views are awesome.
Written December 3, 2023
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Kevin
Mountain View, CA89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
If you hike Camelback Mountain, go in the early morning (like around sunrise) if you can to avoid the heat. I started at the Echo Canyon Trailhead and unfortunately got a later start than I wanted to...if I came at sunrise I would've avoided the heat and would've gotten shade from the mountain. You will be bouldering for a lot of this hike, and sometimes it can be hard to distinguish where the path is. Be ready to use your hands climbing up and down, as you will need them. It is definitely not an easy hike, but the views are outstanding. It took me about 1 hour 20 min to climb up, and about the same time to climb down (I had to go more slow climbing down as my knees were still sore from a previous strenuous hike at the Grand Canyon from several days before). Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat/sunglasses, along with snacks.
Written September 29, 2023
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Devyoung
San Diego, CA165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Great way to get outside!

We did the Chollas Trail. The 1st 1/2 is fairly straightforward - some steeper parts and a bit rocky at times, but mostly a trail that is easy to follow. The 2nd half becomes much more technical - much rockies with a less distinguished trail. At times some people use their hands to help get up. About 1/2 the people who "knew" wore gloves.

Took about 1 hour to get uo (with pictures, etc...) and about 45 minutes to get down. 2 hours in total with pics, etc at the top.

Also - easy to get ubers to/from. Very convenient from Scottsdale.
Written May 10, 2023
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Luke H
Milwaukee, WI4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Beautiful views of Phoenix and the valley! I took the cholla trail right before sunrise, and it was gorgeous all the way up.

This hiking trail is very challenging, with the first half being a very steep incline and the latter forcing you to maneuver through the rocky terrain.

Definitely wear stable shoes and it would be wise to bring a buddy if you are a novice hiker. I was hear for a work trip and went solo in my old tennis shoes for working out, there were a few times I lost my footing and almost fell
Written April 29, 2023
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Brightgalaxy
Raleigh, NC113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
One of the steepest mountains where I have climbed so far. I am a regular hiker and I took about 3 1/2 hours both ways in total.
Written April 27, 2023
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