With two hiking trails ascending 1,280 feet to its peak, Camelback Mountain is a great option for nature-fiends who like a challenge. Both the Echo Canyon and Cholla trails exceed a mile in length and are accented with steep grades. Average hiking times range from 1.5 to 3 hours round-trip, so pack accordingly and bring enough water.
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Hiking In The Heart Of The Valley
If you're an outdoor fanatic, Arizona offers so many opportunities to get out and hike. You don't have to go far for a great view of the Phoenix valley.
Camelback Mountain is centrally located for everyone coming from Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and downtown Phoenix.
Trailheads are accessible from Tatum Blvd and McDonald on the north side, or 64th St and Cholla Ln on the east side of the mountain. Parking can be very tricky as this mountain is very popular among visitors as well as locals. Try to get there as early as possible. If you don't find a spot in the parking lot, street parking is also free but it'll be a walk just to get to the trailhead.
Although it's one of the most challenging hikes you'll find, the views from the top are incredible. Pack a snack, take your time, and enjoy the view.