My favorite hike in the Phoenix area. Try to hike it once a week in the winter. Often crowded. More a chance to get a work out than anything, but still a great hike all around. I never grow tired of it. The scenery is often amazing - including that of the city below :).
Hiked the west-side Echo Canyon Trail exclusively until about 2010, then Cholla Trail on the east side while they were refurbishing the Echo Canyon side, then finally hiked it from the west side recently (Dec 14) along the newer trail.
My usual time up is about 40 minutes, then 30 down. Once did it in an hour flat. Have hiked it in summer a couple times. Then I grew a brain.
Climbed it with a friend, the summit is nice and flat and inviting, unlike Squaw Peak. It is a little much with the rocks and all, but great views of the entire city and indian reservation. Hey, I even saw my dorm at ASU from there...
Wow, talk about different hiking than Idaho. Talk about people, I passed nearly 68 people going up and down (yes I counted) and had to wait for a parking spot. It was 95 degrees which nearly killed me yet everyone I talked to said it was perfect....
Well, anyway, beautiful little mountain, and a fun hike. You can make it even a little techinical if you dont use the hand rails which I almost made a game out of.
A nice little blast up this hill, doesn't take much time and it's a decent workout but of course, very crowded. A guy should hike this every morning before work.
-Also climbed December 23, 2006
Made it to the top in less than an hour with my girlfriend's sister. It was a tons of fun. The brief scramble up sections above the saddle was excellent. We saw a woman hiking with a giant parrot...it climbed up a rock with its beak. Damn, unbelievable.
We saw a few with bad trail etiquette. Not surprising at all though given the total amount of people out there.
I have summited Camelback many times, mainly from the Echo Canyon Trail. I think Echo Canyon is a more difficult trail and a better work out but I prefer the Cholla Trail because of the views of the city along the ridgeline to the summit. The summit is an excellent place to view a sunrise.
Climbed this one every time I've been in Phoenix, usually several times in a few days. Great break from work and a good workout. Had it (almost) to myself once on a 109 degree day! Those Arizonans are tough!
Nice view of city but very crowded trail.
I'm one of those 5 times a week guys. Best place to watch a sunset in Phoenix is from the top of Camelback, and I try to catch it everyday after work. Good thing we get more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Lots of people on the trail, but I really enjoy the company. Gone to the top probably thousands of times, but I've never once regretted going.
The heat finally broke in Phoenix this past weekend and its was perfect weather for Camelback. 75 Degrees and sunny...My first time back to the mountain in six months. The trail had the usual cast of characters - out of towners, guys carrying 6 month olds in baby carriers (I even saw another guy literally carrying his 7 or 8 year old son up a steep section on his back) plus the usual camelback 5 time a week crew. That being said, the trail was not overly crowded like it will be later in the year and it was a very pleasant hike to the top. Highly recommended - go now b4 it gets too crowded!
My favorite hike and my main means of keeping fit. Yes it's crowded... people talking on cell phones... major meat market... people smoking while hiking... out-of-towners clearly in over their heads... people wearing Keds sneakers... but it's a blast. On a clear day one can pick out peaks as far south as Picacho near Tucson.
Nice hike after work - close to where I was working on a business trip to Phoenix. Nice rocks to climb on!
Did this with my brother who was at grad school in Phoenix at the time. Saw a lady get helicoptered out in a litter when she injured her ankle halfway up. Tons of people. Easy hike.
Did this mountain with my freinds Nathan and Leah. The trail was extreamly steep, but very short. It is a very fun climb, but too many people. January is a really good time to beat the heat.