Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain, Phoenix: Address, Phone Number, Camelback Mountain Reviews: 4.5/5

Camelback Mountain
4.5
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dakgrl
United States224 contributions
rugged rocky trail , great views
Apr 2021
may need to wait a bit to get parking (even early) but can not beat the views. The views are incredible. As most others have said: definitely do not do this in mid day heat. do not underestimate. the distance is not far but most is over rocks not a dirt trail.
Written May 17, 2021
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AKG_8
Paradise Valley, Arizona30 contributions
Please Don't Die or Have to be Rescued on Camelback Mountain!
May 2021
I love this mountain but rated it terrible because there are so many rescues of visitors who were totally unprepared for the extreme heat of the hot months in Phoenix, and tragically, deaths. I live nearby and have hiked up this mountain several times a week for decades. In cooler months this is a challenging but excellent hike. In hot months, many, many people have required rescue, primarily due to heat related illness and dehydration. On one hot day in 2020, 5 people were air lifted off on the same day. People have died on this mountain, especially in hot weather which can be from April through October. OUT OF TOWN VISITORS OFTEN HAVE NO IDEA HOW QUICKLY THE EXTREME HEAT CAN HARM OR EVEN KILL THEM, especially when combined with dehydration. Almost no out of town visitors carry enough water or pre-hydrate. EVEN IF SOMEONE HAS ENOUGH WATER, THEY CAN STILL DIE FROM HEAT STROKE. It's frustrating that so many people head onto these trails in hot weather totally unaware of the dangers. When done correctly; in cool weather, or at sunrise in hot weather--WITH PRE-HYDRATION (drink plenty of water in the hour leading up to your hike!!) and carrying AT LEAST 32 ounces of water, preferably more, and preferably something with electrolytes, it can be a challenging but great hike. However, on a regular basis local hikers see out of town visitors trying to hike the mountain in extreme heat. It doesn't matter how fit you are, if you are not prepared for the heat it can become a life & death situation very quickly. As PHX Parks and Rec says, Take a Hike, Do it Right. There's also a FB page called PLEASE DON'T DIE OR HAVE TO BE RESCUED ON CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN!
Written May 11, 2021
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Rbharvey
Denver, CO1 contribution
Dangerous mask mandate
May 2021
The day I went it was full sun and 90+ degrees. The entire tour is OUTSIDE. It was awful to see elderly people and children having to wear a mask in those conditions. It was difficult for me to breath in the mask and I’m healthy. The mask made it feel hotter than it actually was. It was hard to enjoy the gardens, I was miserable the entire time.
I did take my mask off to get some good breaths and drink water and an employee told me to put it back on.
I will not return, it was completely unreasonable to require a mask after AZ had removed the mask mandate and the activity is 100% outdoors.
Written May 4, 2021
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Layne S
Goodfield, IL113 contributions
Great!
Apr 2021
If you are in Phoenix and in reasonable health, you should do this hike from the Echo canyon. It's fun for all ages and offers great exercise, spots for lookouts, and places to relax. This is a must do especially with families. Challenging but doable.
Written April 29, 2021
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Sally Stegeman F
Indian Head Park, IL59 contributions
Quad burning hike with incredible views
Apr 2021
The hike will kick your ass - or at least it kicked mine - but it's a must-do while in the area. If you go slow and steady, the views are well worth the sweat and pain. Don't recommend going on weekends as parking will be unavailable. It can get quite busy. Early mornings or late afternoons are best bet to avoid peak heat and sun.
Written April 19, 2021
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CG5454
United States4 contributions
Tougher than expected
Apr 2021
Good place to go for a hike. Went for a bachelor party outing and was not disappointed. Definitely more of a climb at parts rather than a hike
Written April 14, 2021
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Patty M
3 contributions
Great hike
Apr 2021 • Friends
It was everything we were told! We hike at home bit this does not compare. We got there early (sunrise) and we had no problem parking. If you read about it, it tells you that it’s a strenuous hike and to bring lots of water to keep hydrated. We did not make it to the top and did not overdue ourselves but we had great views for what we did hike. My only problem was that there are obviously locals who run this hike and in our hike they expected people to move for them and one almost knocked over kids. But overall it was well worth it!
Written April 13, 2021
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Paula
3 contributions
Challenging but fun - be prepared!
Mar 2021 • Family
First off, challenging parking. Went on a Wednesday at 1pm. Circled around the roundabout at Echo Canyon side several times before roadblocks to parking lot opened up. I’ve done this hike before and wanted my kids (ages 12,13,17) to experience it, so I was determined! Other reviews suggesting Uber is a great idea. Second, come PREPARED. With bellies full from InNOut burgers and fries (!) we didn’t need snacks BUT almost didn’t bring enough water, even on a beautiful 70 degree day. For a day this temperature, you’ll need at least 32oz per person, more if temps are warmer. We were rationing at the end. Not a good look. You’ll see people walking up with a small water bottle from the gas station. They won’t make it very far. If you run out, TURN AROUND, because the trail only gets tougher. You’ll maybe make it DOWN without much water, but you won’t safely make it further UP the climb. ALSO, hiking shoes/boots are a MUST. Do NOT attempt this hike in tennis shoes, Tevas, Birks or flip flops. Saw so many silly people: Women in long skirts (tripping on each boulder) people in sandals, a few with small children, encouraging them to forge ahead...etc. If you sprain your ankle, it’s a long way down. If your kid sprains an ankle, it’s even longer.
The elevations and boulders will humble you. There are two railings for two very steep spots along the lower part of the hike but you’re on your own for the rest. You’ll need your hands AND feet for climbing, so a backpack is also a must for each person carrying their own water...etc. We are an active family (hockey, soccer, etc) so this was challenging, but very doable. I’m 53 and in decent shape (proudly didn’t even “feel” that I had done this hike the day after, although my kids did!) I gotta say though, that I thought it was harder this time than when I hiked it 4 years ago. Thanks, quarantine shut down!
Written March 28, 2021
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BrianM
Deerfield, WI13 contributions
Great climb
Mar 2021
Not so much of a hike as it is a climb! And what a climb! Not quite as challenging as Hunters Trail at Picacho Peak but still a fantastic route.
Parking is an issue. It's quite limited so beware and have a backup plan.
Written March 25, 2021
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Sarah Clark
Harrisburg, PA20 contributions
Extreme hike
Mar 2021 • Couples
Well worth the climb! Such a great 360 view from the top. No need to do a workout if you get this hike in!
Written March 23, 2021
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