Hike Up Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

Cholla Trail

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.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Elevation Gain 1275 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Scenic

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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.

It Was Hot!!!

I did the easier side of the mountain and started at 6am. By the time we made to summit it was already 97 degrees. There are sections of rope climb and a few bottlenecks that may slow you down but you do not need any technical experience to make it to the top. This is just a hop from the city and well worth the effort.

Good hike in the Middle of the city.

Right in the middle of Phoenix, this very popular trail is always crowded, but definitely a good little workout- The Echo trail is like a mile long stair master, so if you want a good quad workout do that side of Camelback instead.


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