- Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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As the highest peak in Phoenix, Camelback Mountain is probably the most scenic hiking spot in the city. Soaring 2,704-feet high, Camelback's summit offers spectacular views of Phoenix and Scottsdale and can be reached from the 1.2-mile (incredibly steep) Summit Trail. If you're looking for a more low-key hike, the 1.5-mile Cholla Trail on the east side of the mountain offers a more gradual incline, at least until you near the summit. You can also try one of the several beginner-friendly trails that circle Camelback's base. Hiking Camelback Mountain is best attempted earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon when the desert heat is bearable. But no matter when you decide to climb, make sure you have plenty of water and sunscreen.
Camelback Mountain is located in Echo Canyon Park approximately halfway between Scottsdale (to the southeast) and the Phoenix Mountains Preserve (to the northwest). Trails are open from sunrise to sunset (or around 7 p.m.) and entry is free.
Nearby Things To Do
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa0.9 miles away
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa0.8 miles away
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia0.5 miles away