Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona is a key focal point of the valley. This mountain gets its name from the rock formations which resemble the shape of the hump and head of a kneeling camel. Additionally, this mountain has an elevation of 2707 Feet and is in the Phoenix Mountain range This area is known for hiking trails and many world-class resorts located around this mountain. Also, this is a must-hike mountain for many visitors and local Phoenicians year-round.
There are two hiking trails at Camelback Mountain. First is Echo Canyon and the 2nd is Cholla Canyon
The Echo Canyon recreation area is located between Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Parking is available for Echo Canyon but you will want to arrive early in the morning to get a parking spot. Also, hiking Camelback Mountain is very popular with the local valley residents and tourists alike.
Be sure you have plenty of water and are dressed for the heat! Also, expect the hike to take 2 – 3 hours to go up and back. Unfortunately, often hikers overestimate their hiking ability and need to be rescued from the mountain. Other hikers get injured on the rocky terrain. Occasionally, hikers miscalculate the time needed to get back down the mountain and need to be rescued!
What to see on the Echo Canyon Trail
Trailhead – Located at 4925 E McDonald Dr, Phoenix, Az
1.2 miles out and back again!
The trailhead has restrooms and water. Don’t forget to take plenty of water for your hike for a Camelback Mountain hike.
Difficulty – This is a difficult hiking trail. You will find a steep and rocky trail. Some areas require the use of handrails to reach the top
When you make the climb, you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. While hiking, you will see the Saguaro Cactus the Sonoran Desert is noted for
. If you are hiking in the spring, you will see the huge white flowers on the Saguaro. You will also see the Ocotillo cactus. If you are hiking in the spring, you will see the beautiful orange flowers springing forth from the Ocotillo., Don’t miss the Palo Verde, Cholla, Barrel Cactus and the Creosote Bush. Spring hiking rewards hikers with an abundance of desert flowers. Hikers will find the Echo Canyon trail a bit steeper than the Cholla Canyon Trail.
What to see on the Cholla Canyon Trail
Trailhead – Located at 6131 E Cholla Ln, Paradise Valley, Az
1.5 miles out and back
This trailhead DOES NOT have restrooms or water. Again, be sure to come prepared for a Camelback Mountain hike.
Difficulty – Very challenging trail. It starts out fairly easy but the last 1/3 of the trail is more difficult and requires climbing over large boulders.
While hiking is a major draw for many visitors to the Phoenix area, the resorts in Phoenix are amazing!
Check out the Camelback Mountain Resort!
Location: 5700 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ
You won’t want to leave the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa. The luxury accommodations provide the ultimate comfort in resort living. Enjoy a spacious casita, a suite, or an exclusive villa. All accommodations are situated with an amazing view of Paradise alley. Dine in the award-winning restaurants on the property or explore area dining.
The spa at the resort is one of the top destinations spas in the US.
Contact the Shirley Coomer Group at Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living