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“Great hike for all ages” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Camelback Mountain

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
Type: Mountains, Hiking Trails
Activities: Rock climbing, Hiking
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Glenview, Illinois
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“Great hike for all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We made it to the top....Ages 9, 12, and 46! I can't say it was easy, but well worth it! The first half is pretty standard hiking, but the last part you need to be a bit fearless. Coming down is a bit more nerve racking than going up. Bring a bottle of water and a small camera. Maybe some trail mix for the top to give you the energy to make it down!

Visited March 2013
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Beautiful scenery!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

This place offers a more challenging hike and some parts are very steep. Best to go in the morning when its less hot. Bring lots of water. The Echo Canyon area was closed for renovations until later in April so you need to use a different entry point and park on the street.

Visited March 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

I did the trek up Camelback on a beautiful late Saturday afternoon in March and had a wonderful time and am really glad I worked it in to my quick trip to the Scottsdale area. I did the Cholla Trail as I believe the Echo one is closed right now, and was surprised at how easy it was to park there. You park on the street about 10 minutes from the start of the trail on a main road that borders a golf course. You then just follow all the other people who are walking to the trail or returning.

As far as the trail and hike itself, it was easy if you are in OK shape and you can easily stop and rest at many points. However, to reach the top-top of the mountain it gets a bit more dicey up there. For 80% of the trail you are simply walking up a path, and a lot of people stop near the top and don't keep going. If you do keep going the rest of the way, you are then pulling yourself up rocks, looking down high cliffs on your side, and generally trying not to slip and fall. Some parts of this final stretch I don't think are safe for kids or people out of shape. For anyone else, it's highly worth it to keep going.

Visited March 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Bring lots of water and be in good physical shape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Camelback mountain is not the faint of heart or the novel tourist. It is very roughed and a tough climb to the top. Most people get air lifted off mainly because lack of being prepared. East coasters beware this is not for the causal hiker. If you are up to it and make it the 360 view of the valley of the sun is one to behold. It was a fascinating climb for my daughter and I.

Visited April 2012
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Elkhorn, Nebraska
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“THE BEST!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

The Echo Canyon trailhead is the better place to start - can usually find a parking spot here. The scenery changes with elevation here, you can really see how thousands of years of nature has carved this incredible mountain. You'll see plenty of people along the way and rarely is it crowded. Take a photo at the top and break for an awesome view of Phoenix @ 360 degrees!

Visited September 2012
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