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Camelback Mountain

5700 North Echo Canyon Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (Camelback East)
602 256 3220
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Ranked #4 of 127 attractions in Phoenix
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Type: Mountains, Hiking Trails
Activities: Rock climbing, Hiking
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Phoenix, Arizona
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106 reviews 106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a difficult hike due to incline. However, if one goes slowly with lots of water, most people with average fitness level can make it. It's more dangerous descending due to loose gravel. Go early to find a parking space for both Echo Canyon (west side) and Cholla (east side of Camelback). I prefer Echo Canyon over Cholla since... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

So let's face it, Camelback Mountain is one of the natural icons of Phoenix and all the locals know about it. But as an experience, I can think of other local hiking that is more enjoyable and this is why: 1) Camelback Mountain is so popular that it was recently closed down to expand the parking lot only to reopen... More

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you are an avid hiker, don't visit Phoenix without climbing Camelback Mountain The views from the top are phenomenal. If you are not in condition don't climb in the summer. And be sure to carry plenty of water.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

While the mountain may look simple, and the hike is short, it's steep and challenging. Many people are rescued by helicopter because they overestimated their hiking skills. It's a must, but be prepared. And, please leave your dogs at home! Nothing worse than seeing some fool who brings his dogs when it's over 90 degrees and he only has a... More

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

camelback has become a major attraction, both from the north and south trails. parking is thus at a premium with theft from cars along the street at the south trail not unheard of. if you go, try a week day, the earlier the better, and take water. if you are in good shape, go from north to south and back... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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196 reviews 196 reviews
41 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The views over the city are spectacular, but be prepared for a difficult climb, even when the weather is good. And don't even try it in the summer unless you get up at the crack of dawn. A less demanding hike, but similar views, are available from the top of Piestewa Peak. Better parking, too.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Its one of the best hikes in Phoenix, though difficult with an inclination of I guess 30 degrees or more for 60% of the trail. As its the best trail a lot of hikers would be present so parking is not available if one comes late. This was my second visit here but this time I reached to the top,... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Camelback is the highest mountain in the Phoenix Metro area and to climb it at one time or another is practically required if you are a hiker and you are here. It's always a busy trail, even early on a Monday morning when we went. It's not a long hike - length varies from 2.2 miles to 3.8 miles depending... More

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Aurora, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Got EXTREMELY lucky with parking at the Echo Canyon entrance off McDonald. Got there about 9:30, not having any idea parking was minimal. Lot was full, but one guy just happened to be getting out as we rounded an aisle. Came a few days after we did the Pinnacle Peak trail (easy in comparison). Everything was fine until we got... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Great hike, lots of beautiful scenery, and well marked trail. We enjoyed the hike! Might be a bit strenuous for those not accustomed to hiking. Last third of hike is more of a climb, again, not for young children or those who aren't in decent physical condition.

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