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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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Coral Springs, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I did not come equipped to hike, but I made it mostly up the mountain. Had I not been alone, I would have tried to climb higher. Water is a must. Go early or late, not mid day (when hot). I absolutely loved the rising sun. I climbed the Echo Canyon trail. It is nice to have the parking and... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I started my "hike" at about 730am and had no issues parking at the trailhead. There are two parking lots and when I left (around 930am) they were full. It is more of a non-technical climb than a hike as you climb up rocks, but I thought that was a lot of fun. It only took me 45 minutes to... More

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Miramar, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We went here today early morning around 9:00am, the parking was crazy as I learned that people start hiking around 6:30 am. There is a half mile walk up to the trail. When you get there the path is pretty easy, as you continue up the mountain maybe around 1000 feet it gets pretty intense. If you do a lot... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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150 reviews 150 reviews
67 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Hiked Camelback today by myself while visiting Phoenix. This is my second time doing the hike. When I hiked it four years ago, I did have on hiking boots. This trip was a mostly a business trip so I really did not have room to pack them so I did it this morning in tennis shoes. They were fine going... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We hiked the Grand Canyon down and back out in one day in July, so when we were in Phoenix for a conference, we thought, hey let's get some exercise and do Camelback. Started about 9am, had plenty of water, salty snacks, but when we turned a corner and saw basically straight up, we thought wow. 37 trail posts later... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

this was rock climbing for us, not hiking, as billed...although there were many who knew the mountain well and were running up and trail running down without much worry. We were deceived by the 1.1 mile ascent being billed as a fun but challenging hike. Later we discovered the extremely difficult rating! Still worth it...just come prepared!

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Somers, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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111 reviews 111 reviews
40 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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