Camelback Mountain - Member Hike

Hike Name: Camelback Mountain
Country: United States
State: Arizona
Nearby Town: Phoenix
Rating: 5 stars
Directions: From Phoenix, Arizona, take I-10 E to the AZ-51 N exit, and continue for approximately 5.5 miles on AZ-51 N. From AZ-51 N, take the Lincoln Drive exit and turn right onto East Glendale Avenue and continue onto East Lincoln Drive. Drive for approximately 4.5 miles and turn right onto North Tatum Boulevard. Continue another one tenth of a mile and turn left onto East McDonald Drive. At the traffic circle, take the second exit and head into the parking lot.
Total Hike Distance: 2.40 miles
Hike Difficulty: Difficult
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Echo Canyon Trailhead
Trails Used: Echo Canyon Trail
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: None
Management: City Park Service
Contact Information: Echo Canyon Trailhead
4925 East McDonald Drive
Ranger Office: (602) 261-8318
Gatehouse: (602) 534-5867
Natural Resources Office (Business Hours Only): (602) 495-5458
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: Camelback Mountain can be accessed via two main trails, Echo Canyon and Cholla, both of which are rated extremely difficult and subject hikers to steep elevation gains, rugged terrain, and harsh elements associated with the Sonoran Desert. The summit is 2,704 feet above sea level and provides nice views of the valley below.

For this hike, we utilized the Echo Canyon Trail, which is steep and very rocky. As such, there are handrails along the way to help climbers reach the summit. The elevation change from the trailhead to the summit is 1,400 feet.



24,800 points


Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Camelback Mountain - November 17, 2017 November 17, 2017 5 stars 3 hours Moondoggy


2 replies on “Camelback Mountain - Member Hike”

I ran out of water climbing Camelback on a hot April day once … and still remember it vividly. Great views from the top though. Glad you got to do it while you were in Phoenix Moondoggy.

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