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Camelback Mountain 101


12 Mar Camelback Mountain 101

About Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is currently one of the most popular mountains in Scottsdale AZ. Known for its red cliffs and its “camel humps”, thousands of hikers come to Camelback every year. Because of this, Camelback is the busiest trail in Phoenix. To reach the summit of Camelback Mountain you have to travel approximately 1200  feet in elevation. About 2,704 feet above sea level.

Camelback Mountain Hiking Trails

[box color=red]Camelback Mountain is currently closed until Fall 2013.[/box]
There are 2 trails on Camelback Mountain.

  1. Echo Canyon Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in Phoenix AZ. The City of Phoenix also gives this trail a Difficult rating. Many people who hike Camelback Mountain for the first time say that is more difficult than they thought.
  2. Cholla Trail, located on the eastern side of Camelback,  is not as popular as Echo Canyon Trail. The end of this trail, the last 1/8th mile, transitions into rock scrambling.  To get to the Cholla Trailhead you have to navigate to the end of Cholla Lane. Parking is located to the south of Cholla Lane off of Invergorden Street.  Cholla Trailhead is extremely difficult with steady climbing, steep sections and ridge hiking. Hikers can expect to hike 1.6 miles and experience views of golf courses and a breathtaking summit.

Camelback  Mountain Nature

Camelback Mountain is mostly made of layered sandstone and its popular hum is made of granite. When hiking don’t expect to see any large animals moving around! Camelback is surrounded by residential homes, as a result there are no large wildlife. Camelback does however have smaller desert animals including rabbits, lizards, squirrels, birds and Rattlesnakes.

Desert plants are plentiful on Camelback Mountain. Expect to see a few of our favorites including the octotillo plant, prickly pear cacti, palo verde and more.

Camelback Mountain History

  • 1800s – Camelback was reserved for an Indian Reservation by the Federal Government
  • 1940s – The mountain was privately owned
  • 1963 – Government attempts to restrict development above 1600 feet but failed
  • 1965 – The Camelback Mountain Foundation puts a community effort forward to save as much of the Camelback summit as possible
  • 1968 – The foundation was successful and President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall attend a land exchange ceremony

Caution – Hiking Camelback Mountain?

Hiking in Camelback can be dangerous if you are not physically fit and prepared. If you have any chronic  health conditions you should limit your activity and heat exposure. Because of the possibility of dehydration and heat, you should be cautious and stay within your limitation.

Many hikers get stranded on mountains because they don’t understand our famous “dry heat”. It may not feel like you are dehydrated but you are loosing liquids 2xs faster than normal! If you are thinking of hiking a mountain in Phoenix for the first time, please consider using on of our hiking guides. Our hiking guides are trained to know the mountains and trails and will know how to act in a time of need.

[box color=black] To safely hike Camelback Mountain, please contact Vertical Hiking Tours today. Our guided hikes are one of a kind and include a CPR and First Aid Certified hiking guide, fun activities, booksack cooler with built in chair and cooler, cold water and healthy snacks. For more information book a hike today or contact us today at 1-602-696-7349 or[/box]

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