Iconic Camelback Mountain, named for its resemblance to the head and humps of a resting camel is one of the popular hiking peaks in Phoenix, Arizona! The mountain, with an elevation of 2,704 feet, is an excellent hike for the moderate to experienced hikers. There are 2 hiking trails, Echo Canyon and Cholla. Both trails are difficult, while Echo Canyon is steeper and Cholla is longer. The mountain’s two summit trails gain approximately 1,200 feet in elevation. Echo Canyon Summit is 1.3 miles away from the trailhead. This trail also ascends rapidly in a relatively short distance.
We hiked up through Echo Canyon Trail which involved a lot of climbing, and crawling and ascended down through Cholla Trail – The Spine of the Mountain, which is about 1.5 miles from the summit.
The “head” of Camelback Mountain is made up of layered sandstone. The hump primarily is composed of granite that, in geologic terms, is much older than the sedimentary rock that makes up the head section of the mountain. This hike involves a lot of climbing, crawling and some butt sliding! A lot of people have got injured. It would be better if you know your limits and do safe hiking!
Please watch our Echo Canyon Trail Hike:
Please watch our hike down Cholla Trail: