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.