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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 129 attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Mountains, Hiking Trails
Activities: Rock climbing, Hiking
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St Croix Virgin Islands
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67 reviews 67 reviews
6 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

At this year's NBPA conference in Scottsdale, the gathering was treated to a reception and presentation at a place called Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. The Scene Up close to red and ocher bare mountainsides carved by the one great sculptor over millenia is a very large room with glass walls and large patios (although the temperature even as the sun... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Plan on an hour up, an hour down. Sometimes you'll need to use your hands crawling up the rocks. Parking is major pain unless you go early.

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Walter Hill, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I read several reviews where people advised against hiking Camelback in the heat of the afternoon. I was only in Phoenix for 24 hours on business, so I had no other choice but to hike it around 2:00 p.m. The temp was 111 degrees and there were maybe 7 or 8 cars in the parking lot. We hiked up Echo... More

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chicago
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Okay hiking camelback in July, perhaps not the best idea but in our defense we tried to get started early (6:00am) only to discover the lot was completely full! It was a Sunday. We returned the next day mid morning prepared with sunscreen, hats, and plenty of water. This hike is no joke. I'm am moderately fit and had to... More

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new jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a climb. If this is your first hike, it may not be for you. We went with friends and I had no idea it was going to give me a bit of a challenge. We had fun, but make sure to go when the weather is cooler and bring lots of water. The mountain is pretty steep and... More

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Port Norris, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is just too much. We got lost finding it. Had to park way away from the mountain in a neighborhood. Just weird and honestly there are much better hikes in less traveled areas.

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Peoria, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I would not recommend Camelback Mtn to anyone. Overly traveled. Touristy, parking is impossible. Police give out tickets because the parking lot is so small hikers have to park in residential areas, and they call the cops who issue parking violations. Try squaw Peek and the often forgot about Dreamy Draw which has great hiking paths and the views are... More

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We started our hike at 5:45AM. Glad we did! We made it to the top and enjoyed the wonderful view and a snack before coming back down. My husband and I are both in our 50's- if we can do it, so can you!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you want to make it to the top, HAVE LOTS OF WATER AND GOOD KNEES! you will need it, but ohh wow! a must do! BEST HIKE IN PHOENIX!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a challenging hike in the middle of the city. It is extremely crowded and often there is no parking. Why not drive a little, get out of the city and get the same view? Arizona has so much gorgeous hikes! But if you are stuck in the city and are in decent shape, this is a beautify "city... More

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