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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 128 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Mountains, Hiking Trails
Activities: Rock climbing, Hiking
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Somers, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Camelback is a challenging hike. Be prepared for steep terrain, the Phoenix sun and a real sense of accomplishment when you reach the top. Bring plenty of water, good hiking shoes and, if hiking in the sun, a pair of light gloves to protect your hands from the railings that are baking in the sun on various parts of the... More

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Chatham, Ontario
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40 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

This is a fairly decent climb. We got up about 3/4 of the way and my wife was starting to get worried about how steep it was getting and what it would be like going back down. The trip back down was actually easier than I was expecting, worse case you can sit down and do a backwards spider man... More

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Newport Beach, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is Phoenix's iconic hike. Yes, it has crowds and can get hot, but it's fun, has great views, and is worth doing. Make sure you have a Camelbak (pun!) full of water and good hiking shoes. Leave around sunrise to avoid the crowds (300,000 visitors a year) and stay cool. This hike is smack dab in the middle of... More

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Michigan City, Indiana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I am always looking for an adventure while on vacation and try to get to Camelback mountain every year when I visit Scottsdale. The climb is unlike any other with a variety of obstacles and terrains. The mountain is well taken care of and the all the hikers are friendly and helpful. My advice is to start early when the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It is now the first week in September. I will turn 65 in October. At my age, I had no problems at all taking this hike. Skill levels would be intermediate to experienced. Not advisable for small children or someone carrying a baby. Once you've reached the top, you can see Phoenix and the surrounding area. Well worth the hike.....Beautiful!... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Such a beautiful mountain to hike! In the middle of a big city!! HOWEVER this isn't the hike you go on your first time out. This is challenging and involves climbing not just walking. There are two ways up... Echo Canyon and the backside which is a more steady climb vs straight up. Take water, wear the right shoes, don't... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We hiked Echo canyon trail to the summit. It was a VERY challenging climb. It took very bit of my will to make it to the top but I was glad I did it. GREAT VIEW.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Tough trail but such a pleasure to be able to hike to the top and see all of Phoenix and the surrounding area!

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Scottsdale, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a hike for the fit and experienced hiker looking for a challenge. Several areas of tough vertical boulder steps. Due to its popularity it has become quite popular and crowded on weekends. If possible, I suggest to hit this trail on a weekday morning.

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Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stayed at The Phoenician and decided to hike up Camelback one morning. We enjoyed it so much we hiked again the next morning. It was such a great experience. The closer you get to the top the more challenging it gets. We have never really hiked before, but this was fantastic!!

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