Climbed this with my Father-in-law and Brother-in-law in December of 1998 or 1999.
can anyone say brutally hot... We started at 5 in the evening and climbed suicide 5.5, to summit a little under 2 hours later. Then we continued to scramble in hopes of finding the true summit. To bad it got dark and we hard to do a rappel down a random gully. Dont get off route or lots of bad rock awaits you.
Climbed to summit from Echo Canyon on National Trails Day 2007...loved this climb! It was a hot day in Phoenix...107 degrees F! Very steep, hot, and scenic!! We have a detailed trip report and photos on our website
Natural Born Hikers-Camelback Mountain
This was a great climb-crowded, yes, but worth the hassle. I was not prepared for the continuous upward climb, but it made my success even sweeter.
Was pleasenty surprised by this spur of the momenet jaunt while visiting AZ.
Climbed it with my wife in the middle of the afternoon. Very fun trail but lots and lots of people. Only our second day in Phoenix. Probably going to make this one a weekly ritual.
short fun hike
Too crowded. It is an interesting hike, but there are too many people on this trail. Probably a super early morning start would be better. It has few very exciting sections.
Done this hike many times
Great views, similar to Mount Si in Washington State
Great Time on vacation!
A great family trip during my life in Scottsdale..
This was a pretty fun little hike. Went up the 'easy' Cholla Trail way. No problem for an out of towner like me from Oregon. It was nice not to have to push through a snow pack or mud and rain. Or scramble across cold wet rocks. I'll do it again.
The first of several hikes to the top of Camelback, the Phoenician's local equivalent to the Empire State Building. Beautiful views of the desert and a bird's eye view of the city. Classic "man vs. nature" stuff here. Lots of fun!
I climbed Camelback two or three times with my dad in the mid-80s. I remember enjoying the long hike (at least it felt long to an 8 year old), and the sections of rock slab that made for some fun climbing. I actually did my first bouldering at Camelback as well.
The climb is longer than it looks. I've never seen so many people on one trail. It seemed like a lot of students from ASU, tourists, and trophy wives from Scottsdale use the mountain as a stairmaster.
Climbed several times during the summer of 2002 with Rob and Jason
Did the loop over and around the mountain - about 6 or 7 miles; doesn't take too long. Beautiful day, but a bit crowded. Also spent some time climbing Bobby's Rock.
Good little workout. Can do it in 45 minutes. Great view from the top. Best to hit it at 6 - 7 am before it gets too hot.
First time up, noticed it from office window on my last trip and wanted to see the veiw from the top. Lots of foot traffic today considering it was 97 degrees out but I guess that is a cold spell for AZ. Flew in from NJ that morning where it was 62 when I left but the dry heat was fine with enough water to keep hydrated on this short, steep hike. Loved some of the scrambling towards the top. Trails are somewhat ambiguous in places and made an unexpected detour around Praying Monk before pulling out a GPS and seeing the error. Amazing the amount of wildlife on the way up, got to say hello to a dozen lizards. View from the top is amazing.
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.