Hike Up Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

3 Miles Round Trip - 1275 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

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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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Hiking
Scenic

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

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Apache Junction, Arizona

Mesa / Apache Junction KOA

Cave Creek, Arizona

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Roosevelt, Arizona

Burnt Corral Campground

Tonto Basin, Arizona

Cholla Campground

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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.

Busy, Tough, But Totally Worth It

Great trail, lots of fun rough terrain the higher you get. Make sure you have good shoes and plenty of water. Takes longer than you’d think when it’s busy. A must do on a visit to Paradise Valley.