2.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Distinctive and dominant on the Phoenix landscape, Camelback Mountain is just begging to be conquered. The two different routes to the 2,680ft summit offer different challenges, and both are featured in this guide.
Echo Canyon is the popular route, which ascends 1,400 foot up the western side of the mountain in just over a mile. The journey quickly becomes a real leg-burner but delivers some good hiking experiences and a varied terrain.
The Cholla trail heads up a well maintained trail on Camelback's east flank, but becomes a challenging and technical ascent upon reaching the ridgeline. This fun 1.3 mile route becomes increasingly rocky and precipitous, and though the conditions here are not extreme, we'd certainly urge caution and wouldn't recommend this route for young children or folk with a strong aversion to heights.
• Approx. 1,300ft (from 1,450 - 2,680ft)
• The journey to the summit of Camelback can take longer than you might think, and we'd strongly recommend carrying water.
• Some may find the Cholla trail to be difficult - proceed with care and always be prepared to turn back.
• Parking is restricted at both trailheads - take heed of posted signs to avoid tickets and respect property owners.