How to Hike Camelback Mountain
A unique Phoenix challenge
If you’ve visiting Phoenix and up for a unique challenge, look no further than hiking up Camelback Mountain. It peaks at 2,706 feet, and credits its name to its unusual shape. (Many say it resembles the hump and head of a kneeling camel.) Though there are two different hike routes (Echo Canyon trail and Cholla trail), we recommend Echo because it’s the most direct – which also means it’s more challenging.
Since Phoenix gets blazing hot during the day, begin your hike as close to sunrise as possible. (This will also help you secure parking, if you’re driving.) Also, wear breathable layers, wear lots of broad-spectrum sunblock, and bring at least one liter of water, as there’s no water supply once you start climbing. Even the fittest will be challenged, but once you’ve reached the top, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views and a sense of accomplishment!