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Paradise Valley, Arizona

Hike Up Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

3 Miles Total - 1275 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Kevin Kaminski

Take this slightly longer hike up Camelback Mountain for scenic views of Phoenix. For the shorter and arguably easier hike up, check out the Echo Canyon Route.

This challenging hike up the east side of Camelback Mountain has beautiful views of Phoenix and Scottsdale, and is not often crowded.

You will begin on switchbacks heading up the mountain, with trail markers to guide you at first. The hike increases in difficulty about 1 mile in, when you reach the saddle, and you will have to do some scrambling during the last stretch to the top.

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Scenic

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Great hike

Tough and steep hike but totally worth it. Was able to see north Scottsdale and downtown PHX at the same time. Will definitely hike it again

Easier but Longer

Definitely the easier side of Camelback. Get there before the work rush hour, and on weekdays to beat the rush. Parking can be a problem when it is super busy.

Right in the City

A prominent peak jutting right out of the middle of the city, what more could you ask for? Outstanding views in every direction.

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