Camelback Mountain Summit Trail

Paradise Valley, Arizona

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This is an excellent, strenuous, and popular hike to the summit of 2,704-foot-high Camelback Mountain. Camelback Mountain, towering above Phoenix and Scottsdale, is a well-known and prominent landmark. The 2,704-foot peak, the highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, is a two-summited mountain that looks like a kneeling camel to the imaginative eye. The higher, eastern summit forms the camel’s hump, while the lower summit to the west is called The Head. The mountain and its hiking trails are easily accessible, offering a quick getaway that feels far from Phoenix’s teeming freeways. The 1.16-mile Summit Trail, one of the most popular hikes in the area, is a steep, well-maintained path that climbs to the summit of Camelback Mountain from the trailhead at Echo Canyon on the northwest corner of the park.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix

by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)

This is an excellent, strenuous, and popular hike to the summit of 2,704-foot-high Camelback Mountain.

Camelback Mountain, towering above Phoenix and Scottsdale, is a well-known and prominent landmark. The 2,704-foot peak, the highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, is a two-summited mountain that looks like a kneeling camel to the imaginative eye. The higher, eastern summit forms the camel’s hump, while the lower summit to the west is called The Head. The mountain and its hiking trails are easily accessible, offering a quick getaway that feels far from Phoenix’s teeming freeways.

The 1.16-mile Summit Trail, one of the most popular hikes in the area, is a steep, well-maintained path that climbs to the summit of Camelback Mountain from the trailhead at Echo Canyon on the northwest corner of the park.

© 2015 Stewart M. Green/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Paradise Valley
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 1,264 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Season: October through April
Local Contacts: Echo Canyon Park
Local Maps: USGS: Paradise Valley
Topo Map: Camelback Mountain: Summit Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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12/3/2015

Great trail although its gets very busy during peak hours and the parking is terrible. Try to come very early or take an Uber to avoid the parking line. Make sure you have water as dehydration is an issue during the summer months.

1/7/2011
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