Camelback Mountain Trail Information

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Camelback Mountain Trail Information

Echo Canyon Trail

This trail is an intense and difficult anaerobic hike the entire 1.23 miles to the summit. It ascends 1,280 ft, from 1,424 ft above sea level to 2,704 ft.

Getting a parking spot can be a long wait if you arrive on the weekend after 6 AM as there are Climbers galore. Be sure to bring plenty of fluid, and if you are not an experienced hiker anticipate the round trip hike to take about 1.5 to 3 hours.

The trail begins with railroad ties and small rocks for the first 3/8 mile. The first rail comes next, which is the steepest and most difficult part of the trail. After this challenge there is about 200 feet of low grade hiking until another, less intense, rail section. Once past the second rail, the Echo Canyon trail consists of large rocks, phenomenal views, and continued steep grade until the summit, another .7 miles. There are many good places to stop for water and photos, so be sure to bring your camera!

Cholla Trail

If you're looking for a great workout with beautiful views, the Cholla Trail is for you. Cholla gains 1,300 feet over 1.42 miles and is easier to navigate because it's less crowded.

Parking at Cholla is less of a challenge, as you will park on Invergordon Road (aka 64th St) and walk up Cholla Lane. Once parked you will need to walk about 1/4 to 1/2 mile to reach the trail.

Cholla gives the hiker a nice, winding hike with great views of Scottsdale and Phoenix. The first 1.1 miles are trail hiking. However, once you reach "the saddle" the hike becomes more intense and predominantly scrambling for the final 1/3 mile. You have a better chance of seeing some wildlife on Cholla, ranging from Harris Antelope Squirrels to Chuckwallas to the occasional rattlesnake.

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